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!

For more information, visit www.gohawaii.com

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.

What To Know Before You Go

Download the Guidebook event app: The Mobile Event Guide is a quick reference to all the sessions, speakers, attendees and events. Step 1: Download the Guidebook app from AppleStore or the Play Store, Step 2: Search for the SRAI-ARMS Meeting.

What to Pack: Attire for the meeting is business casual. Feel free to wear slacks, polo shirts, sweaters, blazers, and blouses. The average high temperature in Waikoloa in March is 82°F/28°C, and the average low temperature is 68°F/20°C. Remember, Hawaiian shirts are always welcome, especially at the opening reception.

Continental Breakfast: Continental breakfast will be served for attendees in the Kohala Promenade during registration opening hours on both Tuesday, March 26 (8:30 am – 9:30 am) and Wednesday, March 27 (8:00 am – 9:00 am).

Venue: The meeting will be held at the Hilton Waikoloa Villages’ Convention Center. Please see a detailed map here. Given the size of the resort, we encourage you to allow for time to travel to and from your accommodation location and the Convention Center.

Activities While in Hawaii: The Hilton Waikoloa Village can assist with information on a wide range of activities you can enjoy in your free time whilst in Hawaii. We particularly recommend the Legends of Hawaii Luau with discount vouchers for attendees available at the Meeting Registration Desk.

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 hwv@speedishuttle.com or visit special link here. SpeediShuttle provides shared ride airport transportation in Mercedes shuttles at a rate of $30.90 one way, $61.80 round trip between Kailua-Kona Airport and Hilton Waikoloa Village. Guests with prearranged arrival reservations are met in the baggage claim area, then directed to their waiting shuttle. Vehicle amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, 6’1” headroom, three point seat restraints, adjustable headrests and roomy comfortable seats.
  • 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 hwv@speedishuttle.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.