Getting to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, USA

Travel to Ellison Onizuka 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) on Oahu first and then taking a short, 35-40 minute flight to the island of Hawaii.

KOA is accessible by car, taxi and shuttle. The Hawaii County Mass Transit Agency Hele-On bus operates a very limited service between the airport and Kailua-Kona town.  For schedules and more information call (808) 961-6744 or on visit the Hele-On Bus website.

Kona International Airport at Keahole (KOA) occupies 3,450 acres of land about seven miles northwest of Kailua-Kona on the island of Hawaii at an elevation of 47 feet. The airport accommodates domestic overseas, international, interisland, commuter/air taxi, and general aviation activities.

Getting Around The Big Island 

Rent a Car 
Renting a car is one of the best investments to make if you want to get the most out of your time on the Big Island. Public transport here (see below) is not as efficient as on O’ahu, and some of the best Big Island attractions and activities are far away and difficult to get to without your own transport.

The Hele-On Bus
The cheapest way to get around the Big Island after walking yourself is the public bus (Hele-on-Bus). This bus will get you to most places on the island, but transit times are long and connections infrequent. The Hele-on bus is meant to accommodate workers on the Big Island to get to and from work and consequently most of the bus departure times are early in the morning and late in the afternoon.

More information and Hele-On bus schedules

Lyft will service both international airports on the Big Island and have designated pick up locations at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport (KOA) and Hilo International Airport (ITO).

Uber will service both international airports on the Big Island and have designated pick up locations at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport (KOA) and Hilo International Airport (ITO).

There are some taxis in Kona. You should not count on flagging one down on the street when needing one, but plan ahead and make a taxi reservation to be picked up when you need to.


Things to Do 

Big Island Bees 

Join beekeeper for a fun & educational exploration about bees, beekeeping, & honey. During this open beehive demonstration, you will see a live beehive opened & learn where the queen resides, how honey is made, & what makes bees so special--all from a safe, screened area.

Sunlight On Water 

Swim with Dolphins, Snorkel with Mantas, & Listen to Whales.



Hawaii Forest & Trail 

Experience Big Island Hawaii’s majestic nature in a small guided tour.



Visitors From Abroad

International Travel Information

INERTIAL 2021 welcomes visitors from around the world. We have compiled a list of resources to help make your travel and show experience as convenient and successful as possible.

Letter of Invitation

A letter of invitation is provided only after you have completed registration for the conference and paid the conference registration fee. Such a letter may be needed to obtain a visa or permission to attend the meeting. If you require an invitation letter please contact the conference organizers via email. The letter will be provided by email.

The Conference cannot contact or intervene with any Embassy or Consulate office abroad on your behalf so please begin your visa application process as soon as you determine that you wish to attend INERTIAL 2021. Please provide as much information as possible to avoid delays in receiving your letter. You must register for the conference and pay in full before requesting an invitation letter.

Online Resources

Consult the following on-line sites for more information on Visas:

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