Kona International Airport

Kona International Airport KOA Airport

Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keāhole is on the Island of Hawaiʻi, Hawaiʻi County, Hawaiʻi. The airport was named to honor of Ellison Onizuka, a Big Island astronaut that perished on the Space Shuttle Challenger when it exploded.

The airport is referred to as Kona International, Kona Airport, Kailua-Kona Airport and has the airport code KOA.

Another interesting part of the naming is the history, note that you'll see the airport location is in Keahole. Keāhole Point is the western most point of the island of Hawaii. The airport was moved there from directly north of the town of Kailua-Kona in 1970.

Hawaii Island has two airport that are 2 hours apart. KOA on the western side of the Island at Keahole and Hilo International Airport ITO (formerly General Lyman Field) on the eastern side in Hilo. KOA is the principal airport.


73-200 Kupipi Street

Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Airport Code: KOA

Operating Hours: Always open. While the airport is always open, note that the car rentals companies are not. Generally they are open 05:30AM - 10:30PM every day.

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