Keauhou Veterinary Hospital is a certified facility for the state of Hawaii. We are able to offer our clients and those moving to the island the ability to have their pets released to them directly after meeting all of the states requirements to land at Kona International Airport in Kailua Kona, Hawaii.
The direct release program is designed to allow pets to do the quarantine period at home. After your pet receives all of the required vaccines to come to Hawaii, the most important being Rabies as Hawaii is a Rabies free state, they have to have their blood drawn by your veterinarian and then it is sent in to Kansas State University where they will run a specialized test to measure the titers for Rabies in your pet’s blood. KSU will then send the results to the state of Hawaii and the 30 day waiting period begins.
DO NOT BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS UNTIL YOU HAVE CONFIRMED OUR AVAILABILITY
If your flight gets canceled, rescheduled or diverted prior to your arrival contact us immediately BEFORE accepting airline changes. We are not always available for airline delays and may need them to transfer arrival to following day.
Monday – Friday 7:30am-5pm
Please contact us prior to booking your flight.
Please contact us for Special Holiday Schedule Oct- January
Please be advised We do not meet arrivals on all major holidays Christmas eve, Christmas day, New Years Eve, New Years Day, Thanksgiving, Memorial day, Fourth of July, Labor day, or Juneteenth.
*Inspection requests are not a guarantee of inspection and are subject to inspector availability. Inspection requests submitted with less than 30 days notice will not be processed. Please call our office for more information.
Our fee for the direct release inspection at the Kona International Airport is:
-$275 for first time direct release clients
-$175 for established direct release clients
-Additional pets on the same flight are given an additional pet discount of $100 per pet.
– In addition to our $50 non refundable paperwork processing fee.
*Please note: we charge an additional $50 fee for all voluntary changes made to your arrival plans.
-Private Jets and Kona Shuttle: Please contact us for pricing and availability. 808-322-2988
Please ask us about special holiday scheduling Oct- January
Please be aware that there are restrictions for certain carriers. We are only able to do inspections for Alaska Airlines or United Airlines. American Airlines will only fly service animals who fly in the cabin into Kailua Kona. American Airline flight inspections are subject to special approval, please contact our office for availability. We cannot do inspections for Delta Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, or Southwest Airlines.
Please be aware there is a non-refundable $50.00 processing fee, if for any reason, should you need to cancel or change your flight after we have processed your inspection request.
WE DO NOT DO INSPECTIONS ON NEW YEARS EVE, NEW YEARS DAY, MEMORIAL DAY, FOURTH OF JULY, LABOR DAY, THANKSGIVING DAY, CHRISTMAS EVE, CHRISTMAS DAY, or JUNETEENTH