Eye of the Flyer reader Sandy just returned from the LAX to Lihue mileage run we published in June. (And by “just returned,” I mean that she sent this to me as she was on her way back from the airport this morning!)
So if you’re taking the run, here are some tips Sandy graciously shared with us.
- To bypass the COVID stations in Lihue, be sure to get the wristband from Delta in Seattle (or your eligible departure airport). Yesterday (Tuesday), they were working by gate A2. I walked past it to gate A12 (my departure gate), only to hear them announce they were by gate A2. I was previously told they would be at the departure gate. To get the wristband, you need to show the QR code (from the Hawaii travel site), your COVID-19 vaccination card, and Delta itinerary.
- Once I arrived at LIH, I simply walked past the COVID inspection stations and showed my wristband. Otherwise, I would’ve needed to wait in line to show my QR code, vaccination card, and itinerary.
(Sandy visited the iconic Duke’s Kauai restaurant, which isn’t far from the airport. Here’s how she got there and back to LIH.)
- I tried to call for a cab to go to the Marriott (where Duke’s is located), and their response was “use the free shuttle.” The taxi company provided the Marriott’s phone number and said, “just call them, they will come out.” (Here’s the number: 808-245-5050) So, I did just that and hopped a ride! The same driver gave me a ride back. The shuttle driver never asked if I was staying at the property.
- I ate dinner at Duke’s Barefoot Bar. There was a minimal wait at 5 PM. There were open tables in the dining room, but they were on a 20-minute wait. I am guessing because they didn’t have the staff. Since the bar had open seating, I opted for that. Plus, I had a nice view of the water. I wasn’t sure how fast/slow service would be thought I might have better luck at the bar. Bonus: it was also “Duke’s Birthday” so mai tais were $10 (vs $15) woot woot!
- I returned to LIH airport around 6:45 PM, since I wasn’t sure how long/short the TSA line would be. It was minimal and I was through within 15 minutes.
- There is a small, enclosed food place that has air conditioning. There are lots of tables and I sat in there for a while, because it was cooler than sitting outside.
- Now that I know service is decent at Duke’s and TSA isn’t bad, I would definitely stay longer at Duke’s. I even might pack a bathing suit and go for a quick dip in the ocean.
Thanks for the great tips, Sandy!
I was scheduled to take the run this week. But my wife and I gave in and canceled at the last minute. Now I’m even more bitter that we didn’t go.
But if you’re taking the trip, have a great time! And make me even more jealous: share your pictures on social media and tag us!
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