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Travel Tips


If you are traveling from the mainland, or internationally, please note that your final destination should be the Kona International Airport (KOA), on Hawai‘i’s Big Island.


Kona International Airport (KOA) is located on the west side of Hawai‘i Island and is a 20-30 minute shuttle-ride/drive to the conference site. The AUXIN 2012 meeting will be held at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Waikoloa on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island.

Getting to Hawai‘i’s Big Island is easier than ever with daily direct flights into Kona International Airport. Major air carriers from Canada, and the U.S. fly directly into Kona. Other direct flights are available from the US West Coast and Denver, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Chicago. Check with your airline for the most recent connecting flights.


Your routing may require that you fly directly into Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on the Island of O‘ahu as your first point of destination. Upon arrival into HNL, you will then take the WIKI WIKI (free shuttle) bus to the Inter-Island Terminal. Once you arrive in the Inter-Island Terminal, you will board a short, (35-40 minute) flight to Kona, which is located on Hawai‘i’s Big Island.

Please make certain that you book your travel all the way through to Kona (KOA) and don’t wait until you arrive in Honolulu to make your connecting flight because the seats are in demand.  Hawaiian Airlines and Go! Mokulele Airlines generally have the most seat availability, but other options are listed below for your information.

It is very important to leave a minimum of two-hours between your arrival into Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on the island of O‘ahu, and your departure to Kona (KOA). This is necessary because of the added security measures and transfer to the Inter-Island Terminal.


Airport Shuttle

Roberts Hawaii is proud to offer the AUXIN delegates Express Shuttle Transportation*
between Kona International Airport and the Waikoloa Beach Marriott.

Click here to reserve your airport shuttle now!

*Bookings/Reservations must be made 48 hrs in advance.

Car Rental

Rental cars are available at the Kona International Airport. We strongly suggest booking your rental car reservation prior to your arrival. All the major rental companies are found on the Big Island. Rental car companies are located just a short distance from the Inter-Island Terminals. Taxis and other ground transportation are available curbsides.


From Kona International Airport (KOA) Click here for a google map

A. Kona International Airport at Keahole (KOA) 73-200 Kupipi St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

  1. As you exit the airport, turn left onto HI-19/Queen Ka`ahumanu Hwy.
  2. Proceed on HI-19/Queen Ka‘ahumanu Hwy for 17 miles.
  3. After 17 miles you will come to Waikoloa Beach Drive, turn left.
  4. Travel 0.8 miles on Waikoloa Beach Drive.
  5. Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa will be to your left.

B. Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa 69-275 Waikoloa Beach Drive Waikoloa, HI 96738

From Hilo International Airport (ITO) (Not recommended, as this is a 2-hour drive) Click here for a google map

A. Hilo International Airport (ITO), Hilo, HI 96720

  1. From Kekuanaoa Street (Airport Access Road) turn right on to Kanoelehua Street.
  2. Turn left onto Kamehameha Avenue. Continue as lane merges to the right onto Highway 19.
  3. Remain on Highway 19 to Waimea (approximately 53 miles). Follow signs in Waimea to Kawaihae (turn right on Lindsey Road/Highway 19).
  4. Continue for approximately 11 miles down Kawaihae Road. At the T-intersection on your left, turn left to continue on Highway 19. You are now traveling south, parallel to the ocean on your right.
  5. Continue approximately 9 miles.
  6. Turn right at Waikoloa Beach Drive. (0.8 mi)
  7. Turn left

B. Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa 69-275 Waikoloa Beach Drive Waikoloa, HI 96738


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Alaska Airlines/Horizon Airlines

Continental Airlines

Delta Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines, Inc.

3375 Koapaka St. Suite #G-350
Honolulu, HI 96819
Phone: (800) 367-5320
Fax: (808) 838-5498
Toll Free: (800) 367-5320

United Airlines

1132 Bishop St #1407
Honolulu, HI 96813
Toll Free: (800) 241-6522

US Airways


If you are flying into Honolulu on the island of O‘ahu or any of the neighbor islands first, the following inter-island airlines offer inter-island flights to the Big Island:

Go! Mokulele Airlines

300 Rodgers Blvd. #23
Honolulu, HI 96819
Phone: (808) 838-7900
Fax: (808) 838-7989
Toll Free: (888) I FLY GO 2

Hawaiian Airlines, Inc.

3375 Koapaka St. Suite #G-350
Honolulu, HI 96819
Phone: (800) 367-5320
Fax: (808) 838-5498

Island Air
Toll Free: (800) 652-6541

Reflections on Event Planning. The 2014 PAES Summit

Pacific Astronomy & Engineering Summit

What an extraordinary experience!

2014 PAES Students – Mauna Kea Summit

The privilege of collaborating with the dynamic organizers, students, and dignitaries involved in the PAES Summit was beyond memorable! It was transformative, inspiring and heart-warming to participate in this global educational event.

Reflecting on the UH Hilo Conference Center’s role in planning the Summit, always brings me back to the thrust of our work which is embedded in the execution of the details. Organizing the myriad of complex components, and collaborating to bring the event to its successful conclusion, is the hallmark of our work.

As with most of the events we coordinate, our passion for education, cultural exchange, and the unrivaled discovery process, consistently bridges any logistical obstacles inherent in the implementation process. A sense of community and trust readily forms as we work together to achieve the collective vision, goals, and mission of the event.

Navigation Lessons – ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center

Our roles, as organizers and service providers, quickly morph into something more! Partnerships, collaborations and lasting bonds of friendship are the gifts we receive from providing support, guidance, and mentorship.

Over the past few months, the opportunity to collaborate with staff of the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium and the Thirty Meter Telescope, gave us tremendous pause to reflect on the stellar opportunities we, (at the Conference Center), have to work with great minds, noted faculty, extraordinary resources, students and visiting international schools and dignitaries. The experience instills a palpable sense of pride, honor, and privilege about the work produced by our award-winning UH Hilo Conference Center!

Sunset on Mauna Kea

This global collaboration, with participation from Japan, China, India, Canada, and Hawai‘i, has stunning, long-lasting outcomes that reach far into the future. The “international ripple effect”, and the lessons learned about working collaboratively on shared goals, is a model for the future. Different languages, experiences, backgrounds, environments, and perceptions all blended together for the greater good… for the learning process, for education, for science, and for the future! It was exciting to see everyone give 100% to the program and to see the student’s passion for active learning.

They, (we), are truly ready to move forward and anticipate the next Summit with great excitement!

Judith Fox-Goldstein, Administrative Director
Mary Ann Tsuchiyama, Assistant Director