Sleeping in Airports

Lihue Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Lihue Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

LIH Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Lihue – Kauai Airport.

What to Expect

Lihue Airport (code: LIH) consists of a small terminal with several eateries, shops, and vending machines. Much of the terminal building is open air, with ticketing counters located outside. Available services are open based upon flight schedules, so plan accordingly. WiFi is available to help pass the time.  Comfort can be found through fee-based access to the airport’s first-class lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below.

Where to Sleep

lihue airport guideWe do not yet have any sleep-related airport reviews.   Past reviewers did suggest that sleeping might be possible due to comfortable couches, though expressed concerns about the open-air heat.   For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Lihue Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport within a 4 mile distance:

  • Kauai Beach Resort – (4 miles from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. Once you have collected your luggage use the courtesy phone to call the hotel, the shuttle will arrive within 10 minutes. » Check Rates
  • The Kauai Inn – (3 miles from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Garden Island Inn – (4 miles from the airport) No airport shuttle. The hotel suggests a taxi for US$$12.00. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Lihue Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter through a lounge membership program.

Airport WiFi / Internet

WiFi is not available at Lihue Airport.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: main lobby and baggage claim area.

Disabled Services – The entire terminal is on a single level. Curbside loading and unloading zones are available, as are accessible parking spaces. Porter services are available on request, as are motorized wheel chairs. Text telephones are located in the central lobby and car rental area.

Food & Drink – Five dining options are available: Ai Ono Cafe • Mea Inu Bar & Grill • HMS Host Food Kiosk • Stinger Ray’s Bar & Grill • Starbucks. The Starbucks and the cafe are open as early as 5:30AM, and if you need a cocktail or bite to eat late at night, the Mea Inu Bar and Grill is open until 10:00PM.

Information Desk – Have any questions? Visit the information desk located in the baggage claim areas. Hours: 6:30AM to 9:00PM.

Luggage Carts – Need a hand with your bags? Baggage carts are available throughout the airport.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Medical Services – Airport Rescue and Fire Fighters are available 24 hours per day for first responder medical treatment.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Shopping – Limited shopping options include a gift shop, newsstand, and flower / lei stand.

Showers – Not available.

Smoking Area – The airport is a non-smoking facility. All permitted smoking areas are located outside the terminal.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Keep in mind that TSA, airline check-in and baggage drop hours vary according to the flight schedule. Check these hours with your airline. If you are in the public area of the terminal (landside) you will not be able to get through to the secure area of the terminal (airside) until the morning.


Lihue airport is served by the following airlines: Alaska AirlinesAmerican AirlinesDelta Air Lines • GO! • Hawaiian Airlines • United Airlines • WestJet.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Lihue Airport is served daily by two bus routes, picking up and dropping off passengers at the median located in front of the airport terminal. For route maps, schedules and fares, visit the County of Kauai website.

If you are staying at the Marriott or the Hilton Kauai Beach Resort, check with your hotel as shuttle service may be included.

Shared ride shuttle services are also available. To learn more about bus transit options, visit the Lihue Airport website.

Car Rentals

Car rental services are available at the booths located across the street from the airport terminal baggage claim area. Onsite car rental agencies include Advantage • Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • Hertz • National.


Taxis are available curbside near the baggage claim area of the airport terminal. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required. The following one-way fares were current at the time of this update: Poipu $42- $52; Kauai Hilton $12; Lihue-Kukui Grove $9-$13; Princeville-Haena $88-$119.

Last updated: 2019-05-08

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.