New Student Orientation

Making Your Travel Arrangements

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Important Dates

When making your travel arrangements here are some dates and times to keep in mind...

Residence Halls open - Tuesday, August 15th, 2023

We suggest you fly into Hilo International Airport (ITO). While there is another major airport on the Big Island in Kona, it's a 2.5 hour drive to Hilo.

Hilo International Airport is serviced by the following Domestic and Inter-Island Airlines:

  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Southwest Airlines
  • United Airlines

ITO airport

Hotels around Hilo

There are a few hotels along Banyan drive which is about 2 minutes from the airport and about 5 minutes from campus. Please check these hotels for their rates.

Ground Transportation

Hilo does have a few ride-share transportation options.

Rental Car Companies

There seven rental car companies located at airport for you to choose from. Rental car offices are located on the ground level across the street opposite the Terminal.

  • Alamo Rent-A-Car 1-800-462-5266
  • Avis Rent-A-Car 1-800-331-1212
  • Budget Rent-A-Car 1-800-527-0700
  • Dollar Rent-A-Car 1-800-800-4000
  • Hertz Rent-A-Car 1-800-654-3131
  • National Rent-A-Car 1-888-868-6207

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Shuttle Companies

  • Harper’s (808) 969-1478, 1-800-852-9993
  • Enterprise (808) 934-0359

Taxi Service

Taxi sign lit up on the top of a taxi cab The following information is from the Hilo International Airport website as a guide to help you make transportation choices and are not guaranteed. They are subject to change at anytime. Please consult your taxi dispatcher or driver on arrival for current fares and information.

Rideshare companies are also available throughout Hilo and from the Hilo International Airport and will pick you up by the Baggage Claim Area. If you are needing a taxi or rideshare to your specific residence halls - use the addresses below: - Ikena: 521 W. Lanikaula Street, Hilo HI 96720 - Kehau: 603 W. Lanikaula Street, Hilo HI 96720 - Kauanoe: 525 W. Lanikaula Street, Hilo HI 96720 - Kanilehua: 605 W. Lanikaula Street, Hilo HI 96720 - Alahonua: 329 W. Kawili Street, Hilo HI 96720