Travel Information

Final Destination: KOA
Kona International Airport (KOA), Hawai‘i Island

If you are traveling from the mainland, or internationally, please note that your final destination should be the Kona International Airport (KOA), on Hawai‘i’s Big Island.

Arrival Into Kona (KOA), Hawai‘i Island

Kona International Airport (KOA) is located on the west side of Hawai‘i Island and is a 20-30 minute shuttle-ride/drive north to the conference site. The 41st VLDB conference will be held at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Waikoloa on the Big Island of Hawai‘i.

Getting to Hawai‘i’s Big Island is easier than ever with daily direct flights into Kona International Airport. Major air carriers from Canada, and the U.S. fly directly into Kona. Other direct flights are available from the US West Coast and Denver, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Chicago. Check with your airline for the most recent connecting flights.

Arrival into Honolulu (HNL), O‘ahu Island

Your routing may require that you fly directly into Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on the Island of O‘ahu as your first point of destination. Upon arrival into HNL, you will then take the WIKI WIKI (free shuttle) bus to the Inter-Island Terminal. Once you arrive in the Inter-Island Terminal, you will board a short, (35-40 minute) flight to Kona, which is located on Hawai‘i’s Big Island.

Please make certain that you book your travel all the way through to Kona (KOA) and don’t wait until you arrive in Honolulu to make your connecting flight because the seats are in demand. Hawaiian Airlines and Go! Mokulele Airlines generally have the most seat availability, but other options are listed below for your information.

Advisory: Leave Time for Your Inter-Island Transfer!

It is very important to leave a minimum of two-hours between your arrival into Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on the island of O‘ahu, and your departure to Kona (KOA). This is necessary because of the added security measures and transfer to the Inter-Island Terminal.

Ground Transportation

Airport Shuttle

SpeediShuttle provides convenient airport transportation to/from the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Book the shuttle in advance to secure your round-trip to/from the Hilton Waikoloa Village.

Click here to reserve your shuttle now:

Car Rental

Rental cars are available at the Kona International Airport. We strongly suggest booking your rental car reservation prior to your arrival. All the major rental companies are found on the Big Island. Rental car companies are located just a short distance from the Inter-Island Terminals. Taxis and other ground transportation are available curbside.

Click here for driving directions to the Hilton Waikoloa Village

Airlines & Flight Arrangements

International & Continental U.S. Origins

Alaska Airlines/Horizon Airlines:
Delta Airlines:

Hawaiian Airlines, Inc.:
3375 Koapaka St. Suite #G-350
Honolulu, HI 96819
Phone: (800) 367-5320
Fax: (808) 838-5498
Toll Free: (800) 367-5320

United Airlines:
1132 Bishop St #1407
Honolulu, HI 96813
Toll Free: (800) 241-6522

US Airways:

Inter-Island Flights

If you are flying into Honolulu on the island of O‘ahu or any of the neighbor islands first, the following inter-island airlines offer inter-island flights to the Big Island:

Hawaiian Airlines, Inc.:
3375 Koapaka St. Suite #G-350
Honolulu, HI 96819
Phone: (800) 367-5320
Fax: (808) 838-5498

Island Air:
Toll Free: (800) 652-6541