Lihue Airport (LIH)

  • Chad R.
    "Got here 1 hour early for a 630 AM flight on a Saturday."(17 Tips)
    Chris S.
    "If you're flying Island Air I would say to get here early as the check..."(5 Tips)
    Doug M.
    "Great aerial shots of Kauai on landing and take off!"(11 Tips)
    richard h.
    "your water bottle with ice water at the cafe after security"(2 Tips)
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  • Max M.
    Max Moeller3 weeks ago
    Decent airport. I like the outdoor baggage claim
  • Bill N.
    Bill NygmaNovember 25, 2016
    Try visiting LIH Airport for information about the terminal, weather and maps. It helped me to set up an agenda for touring Kauai.
  • Steph K.
    Steph KatrinaSeptember 22, 2016
    Small charming airport. Mostly open air.
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherMay 28, 2016
    Get yourself a flattened chicken penny while you can!
  • Osiris Z.
    Osiris ZuberiMay 17, 2016
    Small and convenient airport; great location.
  • Jen M.
    Jen M-EApril 13, 2016
    Rental car busses are across the street. It's a small airport with the only 2 restaurants & few shops in the lobby area only. There are outlets underneath the counter seating at the diner.
  • Brian D.
    Brian DuncanMarch 20, 2015
    Quiet airport without lines. You can cut it quite close.
  • Enrico P.
    Enrico PachoMarch 17, 2015
    Check out Fish express. The food is good and plenty enough.
  • Brian D.
    Brian DuncanMarch 16, 2015
    Standard Hawaiian airport. What choice do you have. Pack a lunch.
  • Enrico P.
    Enrico PachoMarch 11, 2015
    Good destination point to relax and unwind. Food choices are excellent !
  • Liane H.
    Liane HuJanuary 25, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Look for the changing art displays in the windows by the renowned local artist Carol Yotsuda.
  • Brian I.
    Brian IbarraNovember 11, 2014
    The lines thru security are long in small space so don't be surprised if it takes awhile and humidity hits you hard when you step out
  • Michelle A.
    Michelle ArakakiNovember 7, 2014
    Open air airport! Neat Hawaiian photography on hallway walls too
  • Beverly M.
    Beverly MauchNovember 1, 2014
    Sad to leave! We will be back next year
    Downvoted Dec 13, 2016
  • Lance L.
    Lance LacoffOctober 29, 2014
    In my second experience here both United staff and TSA were friendly and helpful.
  • Denise
    DeniseOctober 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Love Kauai
    Downvoted Dec 13, 2016
  • Sam F.
    Sam FullerSeptember 6, 2014
    Island Air doesn't open their counter until an hour and a half before their first flight, so you don't have to be there earlier than that.
  • Doug M.
    Doug MakishimaAugust 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great aerial shots of Kauai on landing and take off!
  • Mehr
    MehrAugust 19, 2014
    Be prepared for lines when leaving. Lots of lines.
  • Sara B.
    Sara BensonAugust 16, 2014
    Hot? Humid? Gates 3 & 4 are usually air-conditioned, so hang out there. But bcouches for sleeping are in the main terminal lobby past the TSA checkpoint.
  • Adam S.
    Adam StallmanAugust 14, 2014
    A very small airport and the only commercial airport on the island. It's located in the industrial part so don't judge the island based on the surroundings here. It's also mostly open air like HNL is.
  • Betty
    BettyAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    No dedicated TSA pre-check line. You still get to keep your shoes/sweatshirts on, but take out the laptop.
  • Grey S.
    Grey SAugust 1, 2014
    TSA knuckleheads at this airport...every other US airport has figured out how to scan your laptop when you keep it in the bag. Plus they dump out all the coins in your bag and then hand the mess to u
  • Big D.
    Big DJuly 4, 2014
    Save $15 for a checked bag. Gate check your bag if you can
  • Annie W.
    Annie W.June 9, 2014
    Kauai...Beautiful island.
    Downvoted Dec 13, 2016
  • Bill M.
    Bill McTaggartMarch 27, 2014
    I agree with Brian, DON'T SPEED anywhere on Kauai. It is a money maker for the local towns. This airport is a lot cleaner than Maui. It also is a lot simpler to get around in.
  • Kathryn Y.
    Kathryn YuJanuary 5, 2014
    Leaving Saturday night during the holidays? Checking a bag took 25 minutes, getting through TSA took another 30.
  • Reece H.
    Reece HaileDecember 23, 2013
    For some reason, if you fly American Air and you are returning to the main land, make sure you buy something to eat because there is no food service outbound Lihue!
  • richard h.
    richard howardDecember 22, 2013
    You can fill your water bottle with ice water at the cafe after security for free
  • John L.
    John LetsonDecember 5, 2013
    Alaska Airlines is the best
    Downvoted Dec 13, 2016
  • Elijah C.
    Elijah ChandlerNovember 26, 2013
    I found this airport to be easier to deal with than KOA. Of course, I was flying out on a Monday afternoon. #GrainOfSalt
  • Sonja H.
    Sonja HopperNovember 23, 2013
    Even if you have TSA precheck, don't even think you can use it in Hawaii!
  • Sigute A.
    Sigute AchNovember 15, 2013
    TSA treats you as if you are a prisoner here. The worst TSA experience o have ever had.
  • Sasha
    SashaNovember 4, 2013
    Tiny airport and not. But the gates have A/C.
  • Dave M.
    Dave McCullochNovember 3, 2013
    The bar/restaurant is directly past security. If you're looking to pass some time, don't go to your gate.
  • Sumit A.
    Sumit AwasthiOctober 12, 2013
    Get here early when leaving. Long lines.
  • Annabella
    AnnabellaOctober 7, 2013
    Tiny airport with no one in the security lines! Short easy ride to the rental cars. Fly Hawaiian :)
  • Alexander L.
    Alexander LloydOctober 6, 2013
    TSA PRE line gets turned on oct 13th 2013!
  • James Y.
    James YuSeptember 28, 2013
    Only two restaurants, both in center, avoid the deli. A snack stand near gate 10 if you're on United. Check in and Security on a Friday night was about 30 minutes.
  • Michael C.
    Michael CoatesAugust 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They just opened Checkpoint 2 on the south side of the airport. Shorter line and air-conditioned.
  • Dana Point Chamber o.
    Accidentally dropped my wallet and the staff found it and then found me. Awesome customer service. #AA #lihueairport
  • Ken D.
    Ken DrachnikAugust 10, 2013
    Dont be in a hurry as this is the slowest, least efficient airport anywhere. Relax! And, 2) dont fly Island Air -plagued with maint delays and the staff are lookibg for new jobs
  • Michael N.
    Michael NoragonJuly 26, 2013
    Get here early. If you are not at peak times, then there will be no problem. Also, make sure to take all liquids out of your carry on as the slows everything down!!
  • Joanna B.
    Joanna BurgessJuly 21, 2013
    Sailed through check-in/security. Yes bags are scanned for produce-it's important to protect HI from pests. The airport bar is nice-friendly staff, can hear the announcements w/out a problem.
  • Denis K.
    Denis KotelevskiyJune 24, 2013
    Starbucks are great at lihue airport!
  • Matthew P.
    Matthew PhelpsJune 4, 2013
    Delays are only an issue if you're traveling at peak times. We have the place to ourselves on a Monday afternoon.
  • Brian E.
    Brian EncisoMay 26, 2013
    Saturday afternoon departure time and we were through security, both agriculture and regular in less than 30 minutes. It'll only take you longer if you're dumb.
  • Sue C.
    Sue CunninghamMay 17, 2013
    Wonderful service onAA
  • Jeena J.
    Jeena JamesMay 16, 2013
    If your flight departs after 7pm make sure you get to the airport early. The TSA check line is brutally long!
  • Dean S.
    Dean SouzaMay 15, 2013
    Wear sunblock
    Downvoted Dec 13, 2016
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