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Lanai Airport

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1994, John Carl Warneke and Arnold Severin. Kaumalapau Hwy.
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)

Intimate in scale, nicely appointed, and evocative of Hawaii, the fifteen-thousand-square-foot airport gracefully welcomes people to the visitor-oriented Lanai of the twenty-first century. The T-shaped plan features three square pavilions linked by a flat-roofed, skylit foyer, and short concourse. Each pavilion houses separate functions: check-in, departure, and baggage claim. Subtle, clean detailing conveys an island ambiance. Large wrought-iron grilles depict tropical flora; scored-concrete floors are stained in hues of blue and red, reminiscent of the ocean and red dirt of the land; and wood from the island's ubiquitous Cook Island pine trees is used throughout the interior. A crisp modernity is found in the exposed, white air-conditioning ducts, PVC conduits, and green fluorescent light fixtures, all of which contrast with the timber of the open ceilings. A skylight and the trellislike corners of the eaves naturally illuminate the departure area.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


What's Nearby


Don J. Hibbard, "Lanai Airport", [Lanai City, Hawaii], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Hawaii

Buildings of Hawaii, Don J. Hibbard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011, 242-242.

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