Lihue Airport (LIH)

  • Michelle R.
    "I followed the tips and got here 2 hours before our flight."(16 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!"(10 Tips)
    richard h.
    "your water bottle with ice water at the cafe after security"(2 Tips)
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  • Doris N.
    Doris Neubauer3 weeks ago
    If you buy fruit to eat as a snack, eat it before you enter the seating area by your gate. It can't go through if traveling back to mainland USA.
  • Brandon R.
    This is a cute and cozy airport. Very easy to get around.
  • Mac
    MacMay 14
    Try the Airplanes!!!!!
  • Robert M.
    Robert MadisonMarch 6
    Been here 5+ times
    Small yet convenient airport! Easy to negotiate.
  • Ray S.
    Ray SchollJanuary 28
    Easy access to all of it. Rent a car right there.
  • Max M.
    Max MoellerDecember 28, 2016
    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
  • 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
  • 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 25+ 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.
    Upvoted Aug 5
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
    Upvoted Aug 5
  • 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
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer SApril 29, 2013
    The security check was very frustrating because I'm used to larger, more efficient airports.
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HApril 28, 2013
    Don't speed in Kauai & arrive to the airport is long and slow!
  • willou
    willouApril 11, 2013
    Aloha! Enjoy the garden island and avoid driving on chickens! Walmart is few miles away from the airport. Make a last stop to get souvenirs.
  • Patrick C.
    Patrick CallApril 9, 2013
    Don't park anywhere it says "no parking". You WILL get a ticket. Cops in Kauai have 2 jobs, give parking tickets and give speeding tickets.
  • Brian C.
    Brian CMarch 31, 2013
    Don't be too early for your flight...USDA Agg check and many of the airline gates, don't open too soon before a flight.
  • Ty F.
    Ty FordMarch 27, 2013
    TSA personnel seem smarter than at mainland airports.
  • Sandra
    SandraMarch 2, 2013
    Diet coke cost me $4.99 at resturaunt next to Starbucks! Didn't even offer me a refill!
  • Benjamin C.
    Benjamin ClydeFebruary 27, 2013
    Loved Kauai so much! The island is so remarkable. I'm for sure making a trip back to the island! Now, it's time to head back to Alabama the Beautiful!
  • Lucas C.
    Lucas CFebruary 26, 2013
    If you are stranded there, you can take the Marriott shuttle to Nawiliwili bay, tip the driver a couple bucks. The bellboy will even hold your bags when you get there (tip him too).
  • Don (wilytongue) S.
    Leave a little early to get thru security lines can be a bit long some days.
  • Mandy D.
    Mandy DixonJanuary 9, 2013
    These open-air airports in Hawaii are amazing! Like nothing I have ever experienced!
  • Paul B.
    Paul BraddockJanuary 6, 2013
    Do not fly go airlines!!!! I flew once and it was delayed 3 hours with no expiation or obvious lies. My second flight was canceled leaving me stranded And having to pay $700 to get home! Do not use go
  • Reginald G.
    Reginald GageJanuary 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    You can't purchase gum in the terminal
  • Ludwig G.
    Ludwig GuevaraDecember 31, 2012
    HOLiDAYS !! Don't leave the airport without renting a Car, you'll need it !!!!
  • Ludwig G.
    Ludwig GuevaraDecember 31, 2012
    No Taxi! Take bus 70 at the end of check point 2 to go to downtown for $0.50, is quite a ride !
  • Tom R.
    Tom RobinsonDecember 27, 2012
    go! Airlines should change their name to wait! Airlines
  • Jeri W.
    Jeri WDecember 16, 2012
    Use the luggage concierge service. They do everything for you from grabbing bags, checking thru all security, checking in, tagging bags. Well worth it.
  • Matt B.
    Matt BeallDecember 4, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Everybody's equal In Lihue. There's no Priority Check-In for 1st Class or frequent flyers at TSA. Plan on a line.
  • Yvonne H.
    Get here early. The TSA lines are long!
  • Judy B.
    Judy BellackNovember 28, 2012
    The Island Marketplace sells stamps for your last-minute postcards, and will mail them for you as well. :)
  • Quang B.
    Quang BeeNovember 13, 2012
    I don't know why but its so humid and sticky at the airport.. But weather for the rest of the island is awesome
  • John A.
    John AvolaNovember 4, 2012
    Top 3 must do's: helicopter ride, luau, canyon drive. Aloha!
  • Chris C.
    Chris ColeOctober 19, 2012
    Slowest airport process I've ever seen. Get here ridiculously early to check your bags.
  • Jeremy B.
    Jeremy BobbittSeptember 23, 2012
    Great place to go if you need to fly somewhere.
  • Katie M.
    Katie Minkus, R(B)September 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Apparently arriving at 5:20 on a Wednesday means no lines, and the fastest trip through security yet! #happyBIC
  • John K.
    John KimSeptember 18, 2012
    I mahalo at you later!
  • Kelly
    KellySeptember 17, 2012
    Here's a tip for you, don't opt out of the body scan machine:-)
  • Ginny P.
    Ginny PSeptember 8, 2012
    I was expecting the sweet fragrance of plumeria floating on a gentle breeze. Smells like hotdog here.
  • Billy H.
    Billy HenehanAugust 24, 2012
    Friendliest TSA staff ever!
  • Paul S.
    Paul StecklerAugust 23, 2012
    There are no gas stations near the rental returns. Chevron and Shell 1.7 miles down the road.
  • Rebecca S.
    Rebecca SelaAugust 19, 2012
    If you are connecting from Hawaiian to United, double-check your ticket and itinerary. Our initial flight got changed to a later one that would have made us miss our connection.
  • Amanda M.
    Amanda MAugust 11, 2012
    Slowest security line in America! Better show up at least 2 hours early if you plan on making your flight.
  • Maggie
    MaggieAugust 2, 2012
    Usually a good idea to check your camping leatherman knives before security takes them...
  • Charlie A.
    Charlie AyersJuly 2, 2012
    Searched for you at Mickey Hart Band show Saturday night didn't see you backstage either. Just saw Art Smith sucking face with his hubby in downtown PA. Good times!
  • Steph K.
    Steph KruzanMay 11, 2012
    Work .. Here we go
  • Steph K.
    Steph KruzanMay 10, 2012
    Working ..
  • Ricardo B.
    Ricardo BentinMay 3, 2012
  • Tami M.
    Tami MApril 28, 2012
    $5.99 Hard candy and gum Leis at Island Market next to security ~ kids love them!
  • Tami M.
    Tami MApril 28, 2012
    Lots of sitting areas once you get through security to put your shoes on or just enjoy the island breeze.
  • Tami M.
    Tami MApril 28, 2012
    Sat AM check-in and security went smoothly with no delays. Another tip said there was only one security line .... Currently there are at least 2 security lines and no delays.
  • Molly A.
    Molly AlesiApril 28, 2012
    Island Air makes you check carry-ons over 16 pounds!!
  • London H.
    London HiltonApril 12, 2012
    Always ask for the hand pat down.
    IIIIIVIRUSIIIIIApril 6, 2012
    I don't want to go home!
  • kim p.
    kim pannellApril 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're traveling with a group and/or have a bunch of bags, drop them all off at the airport and return the rental car alone. Car return is only few minutes away and shuttles are always running.
  • Jeordie S.
    Jeordie SchekerykMarch 28, 2012
    2983 auk ele st.Lihue HI8082466000Island car rentals
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