April 23, 2024


Food & Travel Enthusiast

What You Want to Know About Traveling By way of Honolulu


Runway at the Honolulu Airport

Image: David Croxford


Summertime usually means lots of vacation to and from Hawai‘i. Federal officials predict a report range of travelers at the state’s airports and nationwide this year. And that’s evaluating to pre-pandemic 2019 numbers.


How busy is that? For the 4-day getaway at Memorial Working day, which kicked off this summertime, 113,000 departing vacationers were being screened at Honolulu’s airport of a overall of 200,000 statewide. For all 430 airports nationwide, the TSA noted 9.8 million vacationers that weekend.


Absolutely sure, Honolulu received zinged for being tops in delays not long ago. InsureMyTrip researchers tapped HNL for the highest delay price in the country—29.8%—for the initially quarter of 2023 based mostly on the insurance coverage company’s details analysis. Rounding out the top rated 10 were: Las Vegas, Nevada San Francisco, California Palm Beach, Florida Kahului, Maui Līhu‘e, Kaua‘i San Juan, Puerto Rico Fort Lauderdale, Florida Orlando, Florida and San Diego, California. Hawai‘i transportation officials say comprehensive updates to Honolulu’s longest runway, 8L, meant it was closed from October until Could of this yr.


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Another airport enhancement that must support tourists is a $36 million baggage procedure that can now process more quickly as well as yet another scanner to double capacity from 400 luggage an hour to 800 bags an hour, in accordance to Ford Fuchigami, deputy director of airports. New function at Kahului incorporates canine helpers at look at-in and increased keeping area ability all through construction with ideas for a new TSA checkpoint, Fuchigami suggests. Here’s to velocity and area accuracy.


Hnl New Baggage System 800 bags per hour

New $36-million baggage procedure at Honolulu airport. Photograph: Hawai‘i Office of Transportation.


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Busiest Days and Occasions

The TSA warns us that Honolulu’s checkpoints are busiest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. The busiest days to journey regionally and nationally are Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Mondays.


To make travel a better expertise for all of us, HONOLULU rounded up journey recommendations gleaned from point out officials, the Transportation Safety Administration and some of our savvy globe-trotting buddies.


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10 Vacation Guidelines and Tips

  1. Right before you travel, indicator up for TSA PreCheck to make your life significantly simpler and reduce your time in line. Why? On common, the TSA suggests 89% of PreCheck travelers hold out an average of 5 minutes or less compared to 15 to 30 minutes for these without the need of. And that will save you the trouble of using off shoes, jackets and belts, getting rid of laptops from cases and busting out the travel-dimension liquids and gels from have-on baggage.
  2. Consider advantage of the new PreCheck for teens. Due to the fact June, TSA PreCheck travelers can now provide their 13–17-year-aged loved ones users via the expedited line in addition to kids 12 and beneath.
  3. Check in advance of you park. Scope out in which you are going to have to have to be the working day in advance of you go to the airport. We have all parked at the international terminal when flying interisland or the other way and ended up jogging across the airport. Help you save the headache and check your ticket to see if you need to be at Terminal 1 or 2, then park in the matching construction.
  4. Be ready to fork out additional to park. Prolonged-term parking prices at Daniel K. Inouye Worldwide Airport rose on July 1, 2023. Now, it is $2 a lot more to park right away, going from $22 to $24.  Parking for 6–7 hrs of parking also went up $1 to $20 and 7–8 several hours rose from $20 to $22. Just functioning in and out? We have even now acquired the free 15-moment grace period of time, and it is still $1 for up to 30 minutes.
  5. Pack liquids properly. They require to be 3.4 ounces or smaller and in a quart-size ziplock bag.
  6. Get there early plenty of to park (if you will need to), set your baggage as a result of the U.S. Agriculture screening stations ahead of you check in and get in the TSA traces. The airways recommend arriving 2.5 several hours prior to departure for worldwide and continental flights and 1.5 for interisland.
  7. What can not you take that is quite to the other 49 states? Any lei that include things like citrus-connected flowers or leaves, these as mock orange, pandanus or hala, jade vine or Mauna loa bouquets.
  8. What simply cannot you just take that’s meals to the other 49 states? Most fruits and vegetables are NOT permitted without USDA inspection, such as papaya, banana and lychee, which must be taken care of and packed in sealed, marked containers.
  9. What CAN you carry that’s foodstuff to the other 49 states and Guam? Coconut, coffee, processed foodstuff which include frozen mango without the need of seeds, fresh new pineapple and most refreshing flowers.
  10. Prepare for checkpoints. If you do not have PreCheck, in advance of you arrive at the checkpoint, put your wallet, mobile phone, keys, loose transform and sunglasses in your have-on rather than have to use a bin to pace as a result of quicker.


Be form and individual, have fun and secure travels!


International Parking Garage cars parked and signs on pillars

Honolulu’s Worldwide parking garage. Photograph: Hawai‘i Office of Transportation