Environmental Protection

Aerial view of one Hilo International Airport Runway

Aerial view of one Hilo International Airport Runway

Environmental management is an integral part of Hilo International Airport operations. Equipment and procedures are established to maintain effective control in areas such as Noise Monitoring, Soil Remediation, Storm Water Controls, Spill Prevention, and Control and Counter Measures procedures

The airport complies fully with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements regarding runway safety areas, fire safety, perimeter security, storm drainage and other matters. ITO has an oil spill prevention plan that meets EPA requirements.

On November 28, 2000, the FAA announced that the noise exposure maps for Hilo International Airport were in compliance with the Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act. On October 24, 2001, the FAA approved the Noise Compatibility Program for Hilo International Airport.

ITO has had a successful bird hazard management program in effect since 1989 to reduce the presence of cattle egret from the open, grassy areas of the airfield where they feed on insects, mice and other small prey.


For additional information on environmental issues, visit our Division Environmental Engineering page or contact the Airport Environmental Engineer at (808) 838-8001.