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Optimization Plan

As part of the public outreach conducted during the Lihue Airport Master Plan Update 20-year timeframe, various Kauai community leaders requested that certain development alternatives presented at the May 17th public meeting be revisited to better align with various County of Kauai and Hawaii Tourism Authority initiatives. Specifically, various Kauai community leaders voiced their oppositions to the addition of up to three new passenger boarding gates in the event of future passenger growth, and a consolidated rental car at the airport, citing “unsustainable visitor growth” or “over-tourism” and already-congested island roadways that have no future plans for expansion.

Following several subsequent meetings with Kauai community leaders and input from the community, the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, Airports Division is transitioning the Airport Master Plan into the Lihue Airport Optimization Plan. This Plan will primarily aim at improving, enhancing, and modernizing the Lihue Airport gates and terminal facilities while continuing to enhance the overall safe and secure operations of the airport, including but not limited to:

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT), Airports Division is conducting a public informational meeting regarding the HDOT cancellation of the Lihue Airport Master Plan Update, transitioning from the Lihue Airport Master Plan to the Lihue Airport Optimization Plan.


Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School-Cafeteria
4431 Nuhou Street, Lihue, HI 96766 (See Map)  

This meeting will be in-person only and will begin with a presentation at 6:00 p.m. followed by a question-and-answer session. To ensure accommodation is provided for all attendees, please register for this event in the space provided below. Members of the public are also encouraged to provide questions/comments in advance of this meeting 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 2, 2022. The HDOT will do its best to consolidate and answer questions/respond to comments at the public meeting.

Requests for project information should be made to the address below or via email to raymond.s.severn@hawaii.gov
Hawaii Department of Transportation–Airports Division
Attn: Mr. Raymond Severn 400 Rodgers Blvd., Suite 700
Honolulu, Hawaii 96819-1880

Anyone requiring accommodations, assistance, auxiliary aids, or services (e.g., sign language interpreter, wheelchair accessibility, or parking designated for the disabled) is asked to please contact Mr. Raymond Severn by phone at (808) 838-8817 or by email at least four (4) business days prior to the public meeting so that arrangements can be made.

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