Honolulu International Airport


About Honolulu International Airport


The Honolulu International Airport is Hawaiis largest airport and is located on the island of Oahu just 10 miles from Hawaiis most famous beach, Waikiki Beach. The airport is one of the worlds busiest as it services over 21 million travelers a year. Four runways are in operation, including the first major off-shore runway in the world, the Reef Runway.

Take advantage of inter-island exploration and find a cheap flight to Maui, the Big Island(Hawaii) and Kauai. There are three inter-island flight operators; Hawaiian, Go!Mokulele and IslandAir. You can typically find a round trip flight from Oahu for around $150. Its worth it to take a day or two to visit at least one other island and see something new. Maui offers adventure and stunning scenery with the Road to Hana (Hana Highway), the Big Island(Hawaii) will heat things up with volcano tours and Kauai will introduce you to the most virgin tropical paradise youve ever seen with Eco Adventure Tours.


HNL opened in 1927 as the John Rodgers Airport and serviced many seaplanes and large aircraft including military. In fact, the airport was taken over by the US military after the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese on December 7, 1941. The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and Arizona Memorial offer an in-depth experience of this pivotal day in world history. The airport was returned to the Territory of Hawaii for civilian use in 1946. The official moniker Honolulu International Airport was established in 1951, 8 years before Hawaii statehood.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Oahu
  • Amenities: HNL has its own retail stores, restaurants and bars, business center, ATMs, insurance companies, currency exchange, gasoline station and post office.
  • Insider Tip: Frugal Travelers can take advantage of The Bus, Hawaiis public transit system. For $2.50 you can hop on route 19 at the airport with your luggage and head straight to your hotel in Waikiki. With taxi rides to Waikiki between $30-40, this is a great way to
  • Fun Fact: In 2008 President Barack Obama was visiting Oahu when an airport-wide electrical blackout occurred, the airport had no backup electricity generators. Obama immediately set in motion legislature to appropriate $4.1 million to install a emergency power stat
  • What to Expect: Upon initial descent into HNL your flight attendants will hand out a short form for each family to declare any fresh fruit, vegetables, or soil-related organic material in your possession that could possibly affect the delicate Hawaii eco-system.Depart th