About Kona Airport
Serviced mostly by inter-island flights from Honolulu, Kona International Airport welcomes more than 2.5 million visitors to the Big Island each year. An open-air airport, perhaps the most endearing feature of the Kona Airport is the cultural emphasis on King Kamehameha the Great. Visitors to the Kona Airport are greeted by the towering Mauna Loa, volcanic rocks, and the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean.
The airport in Kona might be the most unique airport in the country for one simple reason: most of the airport is built on an extinct lava flow from the last 200 years! The flow from Hualalai extended the shore line of the Big Island about 1.5 miles, and consisted of many lava tubes that had to be destroyed in order to build on. From 1996 to 2001, the only international service to the Big Island flew in from Japan, but has since been discontinued.
Facts & Trivia
- Island: Big Island
- Amenities: Restaurants, restrooms, greeting services, and newsstands &bookstores.
- Insider Tip: In between the airports passenger terminals is a small museum honoring Ellison Onizuka. The Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center contains a sample of lunar soil, a space suit from Apollo 13, and a number of personal items from Ellison Onizuka, who wa
- Fun Fact: 3 million pounds of dynamite was used to flatten the extinct Hu'ehu'e lava flow when constructing the airport and runways!
- What to Expect: Our inter island tours from the Big Island all depart from Kona. Be sure to check-in 1-prior to departure!