Getting to Honolulu

When travelling from different countries for SIOP 2024, you will most likely find yourselves landing at Honolulu International Airport (HNL), which is the main gateway to the city. It serves numerous domestic and international flights daily. Airlines like Hawaiian Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and others operate regular flights to and from Honolulu.

Before making any travel arrangements, ensure you’ve checked the visa requirements and application process, which can be found at the Visa page here.

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Getting around Honolulu

1. Public Transportation: The most accessible mode of public transport in Honolulu is TheBus, operated by the Oahu Transit Services. It covers the majority of the island, including key tourist areas like Waikiki and Pearl Harbor. Fares are affordable, and various passes are available for visitors.

2. Rental Cars: Renting a car is a popular option for tourists wanting flexibility and convenience. Several rental agencies operate at the airport and throughout the city. However, traffic congestion, limited parking, and high parking fees in certain areas should be considered.

3. Biking: Honolulu offers bike-sharing programs and rental services, making cycling a convenient and eco-friendly way to explore the city. Dedicated bike lanes and scenic routes along the coastline make biking an enjoyable experience.

4. Walking: Many of Honolulu’s attractions, especially in downtown and Waikiki, are within walking distance of each other. Walking not only allows you to soak in the city’s vibrant atmosphere but also provides opportunities to discover hidden gems and local eateries.

5. Taxi and Ride-Sharing: Taxis are readily available in Honolulu, particularly in tourist areas and at transportation hubs. Additionally, ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft operate throughout the city, offering convenient and reliable transportation options.

6. Trolley Services: Waikiki Trolley and other similar services provide hop-on-hop-off tours, allowing visitors to explore Honolulu’s major attractions at their own pace. These trolleys cover popular routes and offer informative commentary along the way.

7. Shuttles and Tours: Many hotels and resorts offer complimentary shuttle services to popular tourist destinations. Additionally, various tour companies provide guided excursions to key attractions, including historical sites, scenic viewpoints, and cultural experiences.