Destination: Island of Hawaii
The island of Hawaii is the youngest and largest island in the Hawaiian chain. Nearly twice as big as all of the other Hawaiian Islands combined (hence, its nickname, “Big Island”), its sheer size is awe-inspiring. You can travel through all but four of the world’s different climate zones there, ranging from Wet Tropical to Polar Tundra, a result of the shielding effect and elevations of the massive volcanoes Maunakea and Maunaloa.
From the molten magma flowing at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to the snow-capped heights of Maunakea; from the lush valleys of the Hamakua Coast to the jet-black sands of Punaluu Beach, the island of Hawaii is an unrivaled expression of the power of nature. However you decide to experience the island, it is sure to leave you humbled!
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Venue: Hilton Waikoloa Village
Waikoloa Beach Drive, Hawaii
The Hilton Waikoloa Village offers a spectacular oceanfront playground, set on the sunny Kohala Coast of Haiwaii, the Big Island.
For more information, visit the hotel website here.
Things to Do at the Hilton Waikoloa Village
Hilton Waikoloa Village has a wide variety of resort activities to choose from and is the perfect starting point to explore Hawaii Island, the Island of Adventure. At the resort there are endless opportunities including interactive dolphin encounters, snorkeling, kayaking, and standup paddle boarding. You can also have fun in one of three pools with water slides, waterfalls and other fun features. On land you can explore the resort by foot or take a leisurely ride in a canal boat or on the tram. Walk along the museum walkway or just relax in a hammock. Get pampered at Kohala Spa or get fit on our stadium tennis court or the two championship golf courses within Waikoloa Beach Resort.
Things to Do around the Big Island
The island of Hawaii offers a variety of places to explore, including some of Hawaii’s most incredible natural wonders and historic sites. No other island gives you a place to swim with manta rays, horseback ride and whale watch, all on the same visit. No other island lets you see a fiery volcano, a 420-foot waterfall and a black-sand beach. No other island offers so many cultural treasures in so many varying environments. With so much ground to cover, you’ll see why it is known as “Hawaii’s Island of Adventure.” Click here to see all the exciting options the island of Hawaii has to offer.
Travel and Transportation
Delegates can travel to Kona International Airport (KOA) in Kona to the west, or Hilo International Airport (ITO) in Hilo to the east. Most visitors arrive in Kona. There is also the option of flying into Honolulu International Airport (HNL) first and then taking a short, 35-40 minute flight to the island of Hawaii.
- Driving Directions: When departing the Kona International Airport, take Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway north to Waikoloa Beach Drive; turn left into resort at first traffic light. Follow Waikoloa Beach Drive for about 2 miles; turn left into hotel drive.
- Kona International Airport (KOA): 17 miles, 20 minutes – Estimated Tax Cost $71 / Uber Cost $56
There are also a wide range of transportation options available to assist you when on the island including:
- Speedi Shuttle: Call +1-877-242-5777, book online here or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- National Car Rental: National Car Rental desk located inside Hilton Waikoloa Village.
Call+1-808-886-2821 or book online here
- Charter Buses: Available for group bookings for travel around Hawaii.
Call +1-808-886-2825 or send an email to email@example.com
Visas – Delegates residing outside of the US
The US administers a strict entry regime that also applies to transit passengers. You’ll be refused entry if you don’t comply with US entry requirements.
If you’re visiting the US for less than 90 days, you may be eligible to apply for an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) and enter under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).
In all other circumstances, you’ll need to get a visa before you travel. US authorities recommend you apply for an ESTA or visa as soon as you know you’ll be travelling to the US.
Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) can change at short notice. Contact an Embassy or Consulate of the United States for up-to-date information.