Air travel to the Big Island
Several major airlines fly into both Kailua-Kona on the west coast (recommended) and Hilo on the east coast, the two biggest cities on the Big Island. We recommend travelers check with travel web sites such as Expedia.com and Travelocity.com in order to find the best airfares, which can vary widely from airline to airline and website to website. Depending on where and how you book your flight, how you wish to travel (non-stop, overnight, etc.), and when you travel. Depending on the city of departure, on 1 March 2008 west coast fares were starting at about $450 to $650 roundtrip, and intermountain fares were starting at about $700 to $850. Chicago was $900 and east coast fares started in the range of $870 to $1,000. The airport codes are KOA for kailua-Kona and ITO for Hilo. Kailua-Kona is the closest airport to Waimea (about 45 minutes) and probably offers the best transportation options outside of renting a car.
Travel to HPA
Both airports have a variety of rental car agencies and advance reservations are highly recommended. The best prices are usually obtained quite a bit in advance of the rental dates. Rental cars may be the best way to travel to the Hawaii Preparatory Academy, as they also allow one the opportunity to do some sightseeing to and from the meeting, in evenings, etc.
Shuttle service to HPA: Speedi Shuttle ( http://www.speedishuttle.com/ ) runs service between Kona International Airport and HPA. on 1 March 2008, a quick check showed the following rates for shared round trip shuttle service: one person about $140; two persons about $155; three persons about $163, and so on. Of course, these rates are subject to change at any time, but they have remaind fairly constant since last November. Obviously, the price per person plummets as more people arrange to fly together. If you are going to use Speedi Shuttle, book through their website, not over the phone as a confirmed internet booking to HPA will be honored whereas they may balk at providing service over the phone. (This information came from a conversation with a Speedi Shuttle employee!)
By automobile from Kailua-Kona: Exit the Kona International Airport by turning left at the signal and proceeding north on Highway 19. At the intersection of 19 and 270, turn right and continue along Hwy 19. Be very careful! Traffic from the left does not stop!!! At the intersection of 19 and 250, turn left onto 250 (Kohala Mountain Road). Again, be careful!! Cars coming toward you across the narrow bridge do not stop. Not very far at all from the turn onto 250, you will find the entrance to the Hawaii Preparatory Academy, marked with a red ceramic tile sign on a white fence. Drive up the long driveway, past the tennis center on the right, to the administration/dining complex on the left. Registration is in the main entrance to the James M. Taylor Commons.
By automobile from Hilo: From Hilo, follow Highway 19 north to Waimea. In Waimea, turn left onto Lindsey Road (signal with shopping center on the left) and then bear left onto Kawaihae Road (still traveling on Hwy 19). HPA is a couple of miles out of town. Once you've traveled over a narrow bridge you will bear right onto Hwy 250 (Kohala Mountain Road). There is a white fence on the right, and the entrance to HPA, which comes up fairly quickly, is marked with a red ceramic tile sign.
Click here for an interesting HPA web page that includes a map of the Big Island showing the location of Waimea in relation to Kona and Hilo. Scroll down the page and click on links to hotels that have very attractive rates for persons visiting HPA.
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