"Brown Dwarfs"
IAU Symposium 211
Outrigger Waikoloa Beach Hotel,
Big Island of Hawaii,
May 20-24, 2002

Travel and Visitor Information

RESERVATIONS:  Book Your Reservations Early!

CONFERENCE AIRLINE: UNITED AIRLINES HAWAIIAN AIRLINES: FINAL DESTINATION: ARRIVAL INTO HAWAII: WIKIWIKI SHUTTLE DIRECT FLIGHTS:
  • Direct flights are available to Kona-Hawaii.
INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPANTS:
  • International conferees must go through customs and immigration at the main terminal (Kona and Honolulu International Airports).
  • Travelers are advised to allow at least 3 hours for processing and transfer time between the main and interisland terminal.
VISA ARRANGEMENTS:
  • A valid passport is necessary to enter the United States of America. Due to international agreements, some countries also require a visa to be issued to legalize the situation, on a reciprocal basis.
  • International scientists and travelers, intending to participate in the upcoming meetings, should verify the specific requirements with foreign affairs authorities in their country, or with US consulates.
  • Check Embassy World.com for more information.
GROUND TRANSPORTATION IN KONA:
  • Speedishuttle: 329-5433 (Reservations required and group rates available.)
    • To Outrigger Waikoloa Beach
      Cost: Approximately $30.55 for 1 person.
      Group Rate (12 passengers): Approximately: $93.84.
      Time: About 20-25 minutes.
    • To Kona
      Cost: Approximately $17.46 per person.
      Group Rate (12-passenger): Approximately $49.10.
      Time: About 15-20 minutes.
  • Taxi Service: Taxi service is available curbside at the Kona Airport.
  • C & C Taxi 329-6388
    C B Taxi 325-5121
    D & E Taxi 329-4279
    Kona Airport Taxi 329-7779
    Laura’s Taxi 326-5466
    Paradise Taxi & Tours, Inc. 329-1234
    Affordable Island RV Shuttle & Tours   334-0646

CAR RENTALS:
  • Rental cars are available at the Kona Airport and reservations are highly recommended.
  • The following car rental agencies operate out of the Kona Airport:
    Alamo Avis Budget
    1-800-462-5266 1-800-230-4898 1-800-527-0700
    National Thrifty Harper
    1-800-227-7368 1-800-847-4389 1-800-852-9993
TIME ZONES:

Hawaii is on Hawaii Standard Time (3 hours earlier in the day during the summer than Pacific Time and 6 hours earlier than Eastern Time).

HAWAII’S WEATHER:
INFORMATION PROVIDED BY
HAWAII WEATHER TODAY

The Big Island is truly a natural wonder. Visitors here will find everything from stony deserts, to tropical forests, to high alpine zones, all on just one island. The Big Island in fact offers an opportunity to experience 11 of the world's 13 climate zones. Even with all this, the island is still a work in progress, with Kilauea adding to and reshaping it every day, and as we'll see, the volcano even effects the weather.

Because Hawaiian weather varies very little throughout the year, the weather you'll experience on the Big Island depends more on location than time of year. The wide variety of climates and the resulting range of temperatures and rainfall across the island are mid to low 70s (23.9-26.1 C) during the winter months of November to April.

A brief review of weather at several popular locations on the island will give visitors a sense of the range of weather they can expect.

On the dry southwest side is the Kona Kohala coast, the average summer daytime high temperatures are from 77-80 degrees F (25.0-26.7 C), with night-time lows of 61-64 degrees (16.1-17.8 C). Daytime temperatures in the winter here are usually 76-79 degrees (24.4-26.1 C), with nighttime lows of 59-62 degrees (15.0-16.7 C). You generally can count on getting a lot of sun in the Kona area, where average monthly rainfall around Kailua-Kona is less than 1 inch in the summer and 1-3 inches during winter months.

To the north is Waimea, in the heart of the Big Island's paniolo (cowboy) country. Located up slope from the beach areas, Waimea's 2,600 foot elevation is slightly cooler, with summer daytime high temperatures of 74-77 degrees (23.3-25.0 C) and nighttime lows of 53-58 degrees (11.7-14.4 C). In the winter daytime highs here drop to 72-75 degrees (22.2-23.9 C); with nighttime lows of 51-54 degrees (10.6-12.2 C). Being in the rain shadow of the mountains, Waimea gets only 1-3 inches of rain per month in the summer and 3-5 inches per month in the winter.

ALTERNATIVE HOTELS:

VISITOR INFORMATION:

East Side of the Island:

West Side of the Island:

From Hawaii Island Electronic Village (Click Tourism) From Agricultural Tourism

You may also wish to view the following Web sites for additional information about Hawaii:

Aloha and A Hui Hou! (Travel Safely)
We’re looking forward to hosting you at the
IAU Symposium 211
University of Hawaii at Hilo — Conference Center

For Additional Information Contact:

Phone: 1 808-974-7555 Fax: 1-808 974-7684 Andrea Furuli
Email: afuruli@conference.uhh.hawaii.edu http://conference.uhh.hawaii.edu