TRAVEL to the BIG ISLAND of HAWAI`I
The Big Island (Hawai`i) has two airports, one just north of the resort area of Kailua–Kona on the west side of the Big Island (KOA) and
another in the unincorporated city of Hilo on the east side of the Big Island (ITO). Depending on where you are coming from, the prices to each can vary quite a bit.
The Kona airport (KOA) is closest to the Hawai`i Preparatory Academy (HPA), about 35 miles and 45 minutes driving time. The Hilo airport (ITO) is furthest from HPA, about 61 miles and 1 hour 22 minutes driving time.
Most people coming from the US choose to land at the Kona airport, which is served by
Alaska Airlines (nonstop service between KOA and SEA, SJC, OAK and PDX)
American Airlines (non-stop service between KOA and LAX)
Delta Airlines (non-stop service between KOA and LAX)
GO! Mokulele (interisland service and connecting international/mainland service)
Hawaiian Airlines (interisland service and connecting international/mainland service)
Island Air (interisland service and connecting international/mainland service)
United Airlines (nonstop service between KOA and SFO, LAX, DEN and ORD
US Airways (nonstop service between KOA and PHX)
Westjet (nonstop service between KOA and YVR)
Additional airlines may fly to Honolulu where connecting flights may connect to Kona.
GETTING to the HAWAI`I PREPARATORY ACADEMY
Passengers arriving at KOA have three options for getting to HPA: rent a car, take a taxi, or arrange for shuttle service.
The estimated charge for a taxi from KOA to HPA is $120 one-way.
Most of the major car rental agencies, such as Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty offer rentals at the airport. This web page will give you more information: http://hawaii.gov/koa/ground-transportation/car-rentals. An advance reservation for a car is a must. For those with a membership to Costco, I have consistently found their rates through their car rental program to be the best.
Shuttle service can be arranged for round trip travel between the airport and HPA. A quick check with SpeediShuttle (877-272-5777) on 12/30/16 resulted in the following rate quotations:
one person, $87 each way; 2 people traveling together, $93 each way; 3 people traveling together, $99 each way, etc. It's obviously better to try to arrange to either travel with others to the meeting or meet others at the airport in order to lower the per person cost of shuttle service. This web page provides information about shuttle services from and to the airport: http://hawaii.gov/koa/ground-transportation/pre-arranged-ground-transportation. The Pacific Division has a Twitter account, @AAASPacDiv, that can be used in order to make a connection with others looking to share a shuttle from the airport to HPA. Use the hashtag #hparides in order to find each other!
DRIVING to the HAWAI`I PREPARATORY ACADEMY
Coming out of the airport area, turn left (north) onto Highway 19, Queen Kaahumanu Highway.
In about 26 miles, stay on Highway 19 by turning right at the STOP onto Kawaihae Road.
In about 8 miles make a sharp left turn onto Kohala Mountain Road, Highway 250. (Kohala Mountain Road is 0.1 mile past Waiaka Street. If you reach Pako Place, you've gone about 0.4 mile too far.)
HPA will come up quickly on the right. The first entrance is a service entrance, so go to the second entrance, just past a large field with a track. Registration will be in the Taylor Commons Building (refer to this MAP).
PARKING on the HPA CAMPUS
There is very adequate parking available on the HPA campus. Ask the person in the Kiosk where to park as you enter the HPA property. You can also ask that person for directions if you are a bit unsure of where to go.
VIEW a DOWNLOADABLE and PRINTABLE MAP of the HPA CAMPUS by CLICKING HERE.
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