In a move to boost tourism and the local economy, Hawaii decided to set up new international flight routes from Japan to the Kona Airport. Once the deals had been agreed to, the State of Hawaii urgently needed to open an international U.S. Customs facility to meet its new commitments. Not only was this project on a fast track deadline, it also needed to meet several requirements and standards set by the State of Hawaii, Federal Aviation Administration, Transportation Security Administration, and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
CAMSS Shelters offers a large free-span building that can withstand hurricane weather. The project put together a 15,000 square foot main building that includes baggage carousels, U.S. Customs inspection booths, air conditioning, lighting, offices, and a connecting drive-through shelter for unloading bags onto the baggage carousel.
Starting construction the project was completed and operational in less than 4 months, 2 months ahead of the first arrival from Japan. Visitors enjoyed what they called the quintessentially Hawaiian feel of the facilities. Over the years the State of Hawaii in conjunction with CAMSS Shelters added additional features and separate facilities to enhance visitor travel to destinations.