December 8, 2016
The first thing we noticed when we arrived at the airport was the extra security. Aside from the standard TSA security at all airports, Honolulu also has an Agriculture Inspection. This extra inspection makes sure that passengers are not importing any plants, fruits, animals, or meat to the mainland. We did have some lei’s from the luau we attended but they were able to be cleared at the inspection without any problems.
Once through the agriculture and security checkpoints, we were able to explore the airport a bit. One really neat thing is how open the airport is. Several pathways through the airport go outside, and there is even an outdoor gazebo and pond. This area is in the main terminal area and is referred to as the Cultural Gardens. The arched bridge was closed for renovations when we were there, but the gardens were still very calm and serene. It was really a unique experience to be able to relax in an outdoor garden while waiting for our flight.
5 days was enough time to see everything we wanted to see, but Hawaii is so beautiful I’m sure we will return again and again. If you are ready to plan your own tropical escape, we’d be happy to help. Aloha, from our ohana to yours.
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