Getting to and around Hawaii


Air Travel

The Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on the island of Oahu is the closest airport to our Convention hotel, approximately 45 minutes from the Sheraton Waikiki. It is the largest airport in the state of Hawaii, with flights offered daily to Anchorage, Atlanta, Auckland, Bellingham, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Manila, Newark, Oakland, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle-Tacoma, Sydney, and Vancouver.

Considering a visit to Maui after the meeting? You might want a round-trip ticket to Maui with a stopover in Oahu for convention. Kahului Airport is the primary airport on the island of Maui and receives both overseas and inter-island flights.

From Honolulu you can fly to all of the Hawaiian Islands. The two major airlines available to fly between islands are Hawaiian Airlines and Go Airlines.

Passport/Visa Requirements and Customs

All visitors traveling to the U.S. require visas with the exception of most Canada passport holders and those residents of Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and other participants in the Visa Waiver Program. Please note that as of March 2007, all visitors from Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean require passports to travel to the U.S.

NEW! Although a visa is not required, those traveling from Australia, New Zealand, and the Netherlands DO need an ESTA registration number (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) due to enhanced security requirements. Residents from those Quota countries MUST register with the U.S. government online at This online application will require you to complete basic biographical information and eligibility questions. A fee of U.S.$14 applies to obtain your authorization number, and the only way to pay this is by using a valid credit card. Once granted, ESTA is valid for two years and for multiple entries to the U.S.A. or until the passport expires, whichever comes first. It is recommended that travelers keep a printout or record of their ESTA approval number for reference, if required at airports, seaports, or borders.

All visitors from outside the U.S. will be required to pass through a customs check administered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Click here to access the traveler entry form and more information about prohibited and restricted goods.

Please visit the U.S. State Department’s Travel Web site and/or check with your travel agent before commencing travel.

Transportation to the Hotel

Although just nine miles away, it can take up to 45 minutes to get from the airport to Waikiki. The Sheraton Waikiki does not offer a free shuttle service to and from the airport, but there are multiple transportation options for you to consider:

  1. The most cost-effective option is the Airport Waikiki Express Shuttle Bus operated by Roberts Hawaii. The shuttle transports passengers from the airport to Waikiki hotels for $12.00 per person one way or $20.00 per person round trip. You may bring two bags and one carry-on at no additional charge. You should make a reservation online prior to your travel by clicking here. Your trip will take 35 to 55 minutes depending on traffic and the number of stops. When making a booking, please have the following information handy: the hotel name and address, your contact information, credit card information, and arrival and departure flight times.

    Roberts’ friendly airport representatives will meet and greet you at your arrival gate, escort you to baggage claim, and provide luggage/porter service at the baggage claim area. They guarantee no more than 5 stops to your hotel destination. When you book online, your transfer will be confirmed instantly, and you will be provided with a ticket voucher on your confirmation page to present to the driver. You may also call Roberts to make your reservation, but they strongly encourage online reservations so you receive a confirmation. Their toll free number in the U.S. only is 1-800-831-5541. Or they may be reached at 1-808-441-7800.
  2. You may take a taxi for approximately $35 to $40 one way during non-rush hour periods. A taxi may be shared by a maximum of four people, and there will be an additional charge of $.35 per bag. Taxis charge a metered rate, so your fare will vary based on traffic conditions. The trip will take 25 to 45 minutes. Taxi service is available on the center median fronting the terminal baggage claim areas. See the taxi dispatchers (green shirts with yellow lettering and the wording “TAXI DISPATCHER”) for service.
  3. Should you prefer to share a luxury sedan or limousine with your travel partners, one option the hotel recommends is Elite Limousine. The fare for a Lincoln Town Car sedan for one to four passengers with luggage one way from the airport to the Sheraton Waikiki is $118. You can contact Elite Limousine for more information and reservations at (800) 776-2098 or click here).
  4. If you would like the option of driving yourself, there are six car rental companies–Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, and National—located at the airport. Four others provide off-airport car rentals. Registration counters are located in the Baggage Claim area. Onsite Airport rental car offices are located on the ground level opposite Baggage Claim G. Offsite car rental shuttles stop in designated areas along the center median on the ground level outside of the baggage claim areas.

To drive from the airport to the Sheraton Waikiki, take the H1 freeway to Nimitz Highway. Follow Nimitz Highway, which will turn into Ala Moana Boulevard. Make a right on Kalakaua Avenue (two miles past Ala Moana Mall). Turn right on Royal Hawaiian Avenue (two miles down Kalakaua Avenue).

You have two options for hotel parking. Currently Self-Parking is $25 per day and Valet Parking is $33 with a parking pass, which is issued at the Front Desk or Concierge Desk. Please confirm with the Front Desk associate upon check-in.

Maps and Public Transportation

If you are renting a car, directions to the hotel and a map of the surrounding area may be found on the hotel Web site,, under Property Overview or by clicking here. This link also provides an interactive map for those who would like to explore the local area on foot.

TheBus is Honolulu’s public transportation system and offers buses to many of the area’s attractions. A one-way Adult fare is $2.50 and correct change is required. Four-day passes are available for $25, which provide unlimited use of all buses for four consecutive days. For more information, including route maps, visit the TheBus Web site.

For travel tips, click here.

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