Direct Release FAQs

What do I need to do to qualify my pet for the Direct Release Program?

Checklists are available for your reference below, or you can get more information by calling Kelly at 808-446-1521 7 days a week from 8am to 10pm Hawaii time or by downloading the information from the State Quarantine website.

Checklist 2 – For Requesting Direct Airport Release at Kona, Kahului, and Lihue Airports

Checklist 4 – Only for Dogs and Cats Located in Hawaii that are Departing and Requesting Direct Airport Release at Kona, Kahului, and Lihue Airports on Return

How long does it take to process my pet for direct release?

Processing times vary, if your pet is arriving in the pet holding area of the aircraft, airline personnel will deliver your pet to our office on the airport grounds, this is a short walk from the baggage area or a quick drive for you. Once we receive your pet we will offer water and a walk for all dogs to stretch their legs as we wait for their family to arrive. The processing of paperwork and examination of your pet is required, and this step is generally very quick.

What do I need to do once my plane lands?

If your pet is arriving with you in the passenger cabin, we will be waiting for you as you exit the aircraft at the end of the jet-way. Please have your photo ID, state permit and health certificate readily available for us and you will be on your way in no time. There are designated areas for your dog to relieve themselves within the airport.

What are the fees & procedures for direct release?

Fees are $300 for the first pet and $50 for each additional pet arriving on the same flight, this fee schedule may vary if arriving on a Federal Holiday.

What do I need to provide to sign up for direct release?

You should start by emailing or calling Kelly, the Direct Release Coordinator, and she will be better able to guide you in the sign up process. Kelly can be reached at:

Phone: 808-446-1521
Email: kellydirectreleasemaui@gmail.com