Lihue Airport


About Lihue Airport


The primary entry point for visitors to the island of Kauai, Hawaii. Lihue Airport is a state-owned airport open to the public. It has 2 runways and can support planes as big as the DC-10. The Airport grounds span 879 acres on the Southeast coast of Kauai 1.5 miles from the city of Lihue.


Building the initial Lihue Airport was a two-year plan starting in 1948. It was dedicated on January 8, 1950 and had one runway. From the opening of its doors in 1950 till this day, the Lihue airport has exceeded expected traffic. It has been through numerous renovations and expansions. The airport has also sustained damage from multiple hurricanes but still managed to receive the relief planes that brought aid to the battered Island.

The main terminal, Richard A. Kawakami Terminal, is named for a speaker of the House of Representatives, Richard A. Kawakami whose wife took his place when he died and she was re-elected 10 times.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Kauai
  • Amenities: The airport is fully equipped with shops, cafe's, eateries, floral shops and rental car companies.
  • Fun Fact: There are practically no walls throughout the airport; in fact, the check-in terminal is outside!
  • Pop Culture: There has been 4 well-known movies that have filmed scenes at the Lihue Airport: "Honeymoon in Vegas," "Six Days Seven Nights," "Soul Surfer," and "The Descendants"