Coast Guard anchors

US Coast Guard Station Kauai


3070 Waapa Rd. A, Lihue, HI 96766

Lihue, Kauai, HI

USCG Station Kauai is a small boat station located in Nawiliwili Bay on the East Shore of Kauai, Hawaii. Nawiliwili, Port Allen, Kikiaola, and Kukuiula Harbors are the primary gateways to recreational and commercial ocean activities in our area of responsibility. Station Kauai is part of US Coast Guard’s Pacific Area as well as District 14 and Sector Honolulu.


Sector Honolulu serves a broad expanse of the Pacific that includes 200 nautical miles surrounding the State of Hawaii, the islands and atolls of the Hawaiian Island Chain and American Samoa.  Islands and atolls include Wake Island, Midway Island, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Palmyra Atoll, Jarvis Island, Baker Island and Howland Island. For the Search and Rescue mission alone, the Sector conducts operations in 276,000 square miles of Ocean and 12,000 miles of shoreline.  The boundaries of the Sector’s marine inspection zone conincide with the boundaries of the Fourteenth CG District, excluding those areas within Guam’s and East Asia’s marine inspection zones.


The Revenue Cutter Lawrence sailed into Honolulu Harbor Sept. 4, 1849, escorted by Native Hawaiians in outrigger canoes. This marked the beginning of the U. S. Coast Guard presence in the Pacific. For the next 90 years, cutters from the West Coast routinely plied Hawaii’s waters on patrols. In 1939, the Fourteenth Coast Guard District was established ashore in Honolulu with 230 personnel.


Today, the Fourteenth District boasts the Coast Guard’s largest area of responsibility. The district covers more than 14 million square miles of land and sea, with units on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, the Big Island, and in American Samoa, Saipan, Guam, Singapore and Japan.


The Fourteenth District’s boundaries of responsibility stretch from the Hawaiian Islands and across most of the Central and Western Pacific. The District Commander oversees 25 operational units ashore and afloat throughout the Pacific, which regularly perform missions in maritime safety, protection of natural resources, maritime security, homeland security, and national defense. In 1939, the Fourteenth District was comprised of one 327-foot cutter, two 125-foot patrol boats, two buoy tenders, five small boats and 64 aids to navigation. Today, the district boasts three 225-foot buoy tenders, four 110-foot patrol boats, two 87-foot coastal patrol boats, four small boat stations, two sector commands, an air station, a Far East command, five detachments and over 400 aids to navigation.

Arriving at USCG Station Kauai
The closest major airport to Lihue, Hawaii is Lihue Airport (LIH / PHLI). This airport is 2 miles from the center of Lihue, HI. If you’re looking for international or domestic flights to LIH, check the airlines that fly to LIH.


All members must officially checkin on arrival day, because all overseas allowances (COLA, BAH, TLA) become effective the date of PCS check-in. If you don’t check in at your unit and with the Local Housing Officer, you (and any dependents) will not be reimbursed for any TLA expenses. In addition to checking in at your unit, unaccompanied members must check in with your unit Local Housing Representative. Call your unit before arriving to confirm check-in procedures.

Base Population
More than 1,150 active duty, 150 reserve, 80 civilian, and 400 Auxiliary men and women make up the Fourteenth District of the US Coast Guard.