Traveling from Hawaii to the U.S. Mainland

The federal U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulates plant material transported from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland (not the Hawaii Department of Agriculture). Click on the links below for USDA regulations.

USDA inspection stations are located in front of the airline check-in counters.  USDA inspection stations usually open at the same time as the airline check-in counters (generally two hours prior to a flight).  You must go through the inspection station that is located in front of your airline check-in counter.

USDA webpage for travelers and shippers departing Hawaii
USDA information on transporting lei to the mainland

USDA inspection video:

USDA Inspection Offices:

  • Honolulu, Oahu:              (808) 834-3240
  • Kahului, Maui                (808) 877–5261
  • Lihue, Kauai:                 (808) 632-2505
  • Hilo, Island of Hawaii:     (808) 933–9040
  • Kona, Island of Hawaii:   (808) 326–1252

 USDA Customer Service Call Center:

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Contact the APHIS Customer Service Call Center
Monday-Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET



Commercially packaged foods are allowed to be transported from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland.

For information on transporting fruits and vegetables, contact USDA Inspection Offices listed above or link to the USDA Fact Sheet above.


For information on transporting animals from Hawaii to the U.S. Mainland, link to the USDA website for each state’s requirements:
Transporting wildlife (including wild bird species and chameleons) to the U.S. Mainland requires a permit from the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources. Link to DLNR Forestry & Wildlife: Phone:  (808) 587-0166.

There are no State of Hawaii regulations or requirements in transporting dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, pet birds, rats & mice and chinchillas out of the state.  However, pet owners should check with their airline and the state or country they are transporting the animal to for transport requirements.


  • Oahu – (808) 838-2406

TSA Customer Service Website: