A Hughes 369E helicopter crashed in the Waipio Valley area, near Lookout Road, around 7 a.m. Thursday, due to engine failure.

 The aircraft was operating in the Kukuihaele area, and the crash occurred on private property west of Honokaa while arriving for a utility flight. 

The 39-year-old pilot was the only person on board, and self extricated himself from the plane. He was transported to a nearby hospital in serious condition.

The chopper was part of K&S Helicopters, dba Paradise Helicopters.

“The care of our pilot is our highest priority right now,” said Calvin Dorn of K&S Helicopters. 

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.