To keep Hawaii rabies free, Hawaii state law governs the importation of dogs, cats and other animals into Hawaii. This law states that dogs and cats meeting specific pre/post arrival requirements may qualify for a Direct Release at the Lihue Airport after inspection.
The Kauai Humane Society provides the required inspection of animals for entry into Hawaii at the Lihue Airport through the Direct Release Program as well as Quarantine Boarding of pets who do not qualify for a Direct Release.
Bringing your companion animal to Kauai is a multi-step process that requires diligence, a thorough approach and organizational skills. If you follow the required steps it can be accomplished successfully. All of the steps must be completed for your animal(s) to qualify for this program. The Hawaii Department of Agriculture is strict and one oversight will require the process to start all over again.
Hawaii is a rabies free state. All animals entering the state must pass the OIE-FAVN Rabies Test. This involves a trip to your veterinarian for a blood draw that is sent to Kansas State University. When the blood is received at KSU the clock starts ticking. The test takes 120 days (4 months). When the pet has passed the test, the results will be sent to The Animal Quarantine Station (AQS) on Oahu. The passing test is valid for 3 years.
When AQS has your animals OIE-FAVN test results in their data base and you want a Direct Release at the Lihue Airport you will need to complete the Check List and send it to AQS on Oahu at least 30 days in advance of your arrival date at the Lihue Airport.
You can view and print the Check List and Dog and Cat Import form using the links below:
Checklist for Requesting a Direct Airport Release at Lihue Airport.
AQS-278 (Dog and Cat Import Form)
Here are some Helpful Hints about the Dog and Cat Import Form. (AQS-278) (Dog and Cat Import Form)
Note: this is a “one size fits all form”. Complete only the sections that pertain to you.
Complete #1. Forms and Documents. You will check the first two boxes about Recent and Previous Rabies Vaccine Cert. and the Neighbor Island Inspection Permit $145.
Complete #2. Primary Owner information.
Complete #3. Owner group
Complete #4. Only if it pertains to you.
Complete #6. Pet information
Sign and notarize #8.
Send your packet containing the checklist items to the address on the very top of the Dog and Cat import Form. (AQS, 99-951 Halawa Valley Street, Aiea, Hawaii 96701)
Your next step is to reserve a Direct Release with the Kauai Humane Society.
Email or call firstname.lastname@example.org or 808-632-0610 ext. 114 at least 30 days prior to your flight arrival in Lihue.
You will want to ensure that your flight’s arrival time is within KHS operation hours:
8:00am to 6:00pm HST Monday through Saturday
We will accommodate flights landing before or after our operational hours on Monday-Saturday for an additional fee of $100.
At the time of the Direct Release reservation with KHS, your flight must be booked.
We will need:
- Your contact information
- The name of the person bringing the animal
- The pet’s description including the pet’s microchip number
- Airline carrier, flight number, arrival date and time
- Credit Card payment at the time of reservation.( prices below)
When your reservation is made with the Kauai Humane Society, we will fax to the Animal Quarantine Station the Lihue Airport Inspection Confirmation Form. AQS will merge the information from your packet with our fax and issue the permit. The Animal Quarantine Station is responsible for mailing to you the Neighbor Island Inspection Permit. Kauai Humane Society does not mail the permit
The Animal Quarantine Station is responsible for mailing to you the Neighbor Island Inspection Permit. Kauai Humane Society does not mail the permit.
Upon arrival at the Lihue Airport, a Kauai Humane Society representative will meet your pet(s) at the terminal to complete an inspection. You must provide to the representative from KHS the original Health Certificate and the Neighbor Island Inspection Permit upon arrival for inspection. Failure to bring the originals will prevent your animal from being released. This process takes approximately 15-20 minutes. Once complete, you and your pet(s) may leave directly from the airport.
We do not offer direct release services on Sundays or on the following holidays:
New Year’s Eve after 4pm
New Year’s Day
Christmas Eve after 4pm
Fourth of July
Direct Release costs are as follows:
First time entry of pet: $450
First time entry of second and third pet: $250 each
Returning pet: $300
Returning second and third pet: $250 each
If there are four or more pets, the fourth and any additional are not assessed a fee.
All dogs and cats residing on Kauai for two weeks or more must have a current Kauai County license. License fees are included for altered pets coming in through a Direct Release. You will receive your license tag at the time of your Direct Release.
If your pet is unaltered and staying on Kauai for more than two weeks, you must purchase a Kauai County license at the time of the Direct Release Reservation. You will receive your license at the time of your Direct Release.
Unaltered 1 year cat license $32.00
Unaltered 2 year dog license $52.00
If your pet has not completed the 120 day OIE-FAVN and the pet has to complete the quarantine time on Kauai, the animal will be quarantined on Oahu for three days and then flown to Kauai. We will pick up your pet at the airport and transport to KHS where your pet will remain until the remainder of the 120 days is completed. During quarantine, your pet must stay at Kauai Humane Society. Owners and approved guests may visit your pet during our regular hours of operation.
Call (808) 632-0610 extension 100 to reserve Quarantine space for your pet.
Cost for Quarantine:
Cat $25.00 per night
Dog $30.00 per night; $25.00 per night if more than 30 nights
Transportation from Lihue Airport to KHS $50.00
Out of Normal Hours of Operation the fee is $100.00
Direct Release in Honolulu:
Mail: Hawaii Department of Agriculture
Animal Quarantine Station
99-951 Halawa Valley Street
Aiea, Hawaii 96701-5602
The link to the state website is: found HERE