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Kona Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Kona Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the name of a hotel near the airport in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

They can't close the doors because there are no doors but they have a motion sensoring.
- wandering fox

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Kona International Airport at Keahole.

What to Expect

  • A small open-air international airport with two terminals (Terminals 1 and 2) and limited shopping and dining options

Where to Sleep

  • Any passengers attempting to overnight at the airport are directed by airport security to the hard wooden benches at the small rental car facility across the street from the airport. Have a travel mattress and pillow handy to add some comfort!
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Kona Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.

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Kona Airport Information

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.

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. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

  • Hawaiian Premier Club - Location: airside

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Kona Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel - (15 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Kona Seaside Hotel - (15 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. The hotel suggests a taxi for $35.00USD each way. » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kailua-Kona - (15 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. The hotel suggests a taxi for $45.00USD. » Check Rates

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

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Airport WiFi / Internet

WiFi is not available at Kona.

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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: unknown.
  • Baggage Carts - Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available in the baggage claim area. Rate: unknown.
  • Duty Free & Shopping - Each terminal has a small gift shop, a lei stand and a newsstand.
  • Food & Drinks - Food & Drinks - At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Laniakea by Centerplate is the only restaurant available Location: North & South Terminals.
  • Information Desk - Information desks are located throughout the airport and are staffed with volunteers from 7:45AM - 9:00PM.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Not available.
  • Medical Services - Airport Rescue and Firefighters 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, write a review or email us at guides@sleepinginairports.com.
  • Rest Zones - Not available.
  • Showers - Not available.
  • Smoking - The only place to smoking in the airport vicinity is the uncovered parking lot.
  • Space Center - The Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center is an educational facility dedicated to the memory of Hawaii’s first astronaut who perished aboard the Challenger Mission in 1986. Hours: 8:30AM - 4:30PM.

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Airport Hours

The airport is open from approx. 4:00AM - last flight. (unconfirmed)

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As of February 2018, Kona airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • Alaska Airlines • Allegiant Airlines • American Airlines • Delta • Hawaiian Airlines • Japan Airlines • US Airways • WestJet • Go! Mokulele • United Airlines • Pacific Wings.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies serve the airport in nearby off-site locations: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty. Free shuttle service runs between the airport and the car rental agencies, stopping at the center median across from Baggage Claim areas A and B to pick up and drop off passengers.


SpeediShuttle offers door-to-door shared-ride service between the airport and destinations throughout the island. A SpeediShuttle service counter is available in Baggage Claim.


Taxis are available curbside, outside of Baggage Claim areas A and B, on a 24-hour basis. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required. As of this December 2017 update, the following are estimated one-way fares: Kailua Kona Town $25; Kaiminani Drive $20; Four Seasons Hualalai/Kona Village Resort $25; Kona Hospital $45; Kings Shops/Queens Marketplace $50 and Waimea $100.

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Last Updated: 24 November 2017

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning and is subject to change at any time. 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/change any items mentioned in the guide, please contact us .