Despite being an international destination, many of the Hawaii airports have a unique feeling due to their remote and tropical locations. The speed of life in the islands is still pretty laid back and some of the airports in Hawaii definitely reflect this quality. Here is a quick guide on what to expect.
- Kauai's Lihue airport. Being so close close to Oahu (or the Shopping Island as locals call it), this Hawaii airport still clings to the old days. When checking in, you will most likely find yourself standing in line outside in the pleasant climate admiring the beautiful vistas Kauai has to offer. If you hail from far far away, you will most likely need to transfer to a smaller plane in Oahu to get to Kauai because Lihue airport is not especially equipped for big commercial jets.
- Oahu's Honolulu International airport. Only nine miles away from beautiful Waikiki is the Honolulu International airport. This is the big city airport in the state of Hawaii. Recent renovations in 2006 have kept the airport on par with the expectations of international travelers yet you will still find live hula shows and women passing out leis for a traditional island greeting. If you find yourself stranded in paradise while waiting for a flight home, there are many interesting historical displays to check out. Plus, like all of the fine airports across the globe, there are many different restaurants and bars to help you pass the time.
- Maui's Kahului airport. Cheap air travel in the 90s made sleepy Maui into an international destination. This is a busy airport with most of the traffic coming in from connector flights via Honolulu. The open air pavilions let travelers know they have arrived somewhere special as they walk past tropical gardens. As of now, Kahului is still mostly a hub for inter-island flights, so you will probably need a few flights to get there. But once you see what a typical beach in Maui looks like you will understand why the effort was more than worth the hassle of air travel.
- Hawaii's International airport at Keahole. This is definitely one of the more charming airports in the state of Hawaii. For one thing, it does not matter what sort of plane you fly in on. Whether you rode a tiny interisland hopper or a huge jet, everyone will use a ramp to exit the plane and enjoys a stroll across the runway which is located at sea level. Instead of scurrying for the nearest marked terminal, you saunter into a collection of huts to find your luggage. The pace moves a little slower at Keahole and this is a great thing because the Big Island is all about no worries, no hurries.