TRAVEL

Getting to the Conference Venue

Booking your flight

Flying to Hawaii is easy! Book your flights to HNL (Honolulu, Hawaii). You will have nonstop flight options from many cities in the US mainland as well as Australia and Asia! You will find that you can leave from the East Coast on the US Mainland in the morning and arrive in Honolulu in the early afternoon on the same day. Convenient direct flights can be caught from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, Newark New Jersey and many other US cities.

For your return flight, I recommend booking a red-eye that leaves between 9 – 11 pm. These flights can get you all the way across the US by the morning, so you can arrive at your final destination without missing too much daylight in the Hawaiian sun.

Getting to the Hotel

Driving: You won’t need a car except for exploring outside of Waikiki. You can either rent a car at the airport (to be returned at the end of your stay) or you can rent short term from rental places very near the hotel. The short term rental for a day to go explore the island avoids parking charges at the hotel.  Here is a link for the driving direction to the hotel from the airport (Directions to Hotel). You are welcome to choose to valet at the porte cochere or self-park in the hotel garage.

Rental Car – Check for Waikiki locations of the rental companies below if you just want to rent for a day or two .

  1. Alamo
  2. Budget
  3. Dollar
  4. Enterprise

Other Options

There are buses, cabs, share ride services, etc. all available at the airport. It is typically only at 15 minute cab ride and should run about $35. Share ride options are a little as $18.

Getting around Waikiki

The hotel provides a regular shuttle to Waikiki from the lobby.

Going outside Waikiki

If you want to go out of Waikiki for some world-class hiking or water sports, experience our local food and culture, or go to one of the beautiful beaches on the Windward side like Kialua or Lanikai you can use Uber, Lyft, a cab, or a bus. Some options are listed. Below. I HIGHLY recommend taking a hike in the rain forest while here. The best way to get to know our trails is the ALLTRAILS app for iphone and android. (if you need a link to download, let me know, but you can probably find it fast.)

Transportation

All the places mentioned below are along or near the Hawaii bus system routes.  Ask your concierge or use google maps to check your bus routes and schedules before heading out.

TheBusADULT (18 years and over)
One-Way Fare: $2.75 | 1-Day Pass: $5.50
Ask your bus operator for the 1-Day Pass before placing your money in the farebox. Valid 12:00 a.m. – 2:59 a.m. the next day, for up to 27 hours of unlimited rides.

TheBusYOUTH (17 years and under)
One-Way Fare: $1.25 | 1-Day Pass $2.50
Ask your bus operator for the 1-Day Pass before placing your money in the farebox. Valid 12:00 a.m. – 2:59 a.m. the next day, for up to 27 hours of unlimited rides.

Visitor Guide (Waikiki) from TheBus

Note:  TheBus does not issue change so make sure you have the correct amount for the ride.

Uber/Lyft
Using their respective mobile apps, you can use Uber or Lyft to travel between the airport and hotel, and anywhere else on the island.

Charlie’s Taxi – 1-877-531-1333 (toll free number)

The Cab – 1-800-422-2222

In and Around Waikiki

Cutural Sites

Iolani Palace is a living restoration of a proud Hawaiian national identity and is recognized as the spiritual and physical multicultural epicenter of Hawaii. Built in 1882 by King Kalakaua, Iolani Palace was the home of Hawaii’s last reigning monarchs and served as the official royal residence and the residence of the Kingdom’s political and social life until the overthrow of the monarchy in 1893. Monday-Saturday: 9 am – 4 pm. Adults: $20

Shangri La is a center for Islamic arts and cultures, offering guided tours, residencies for scholars and artists, and programs with the purpose of improving understanding of the Islamic world.  Built in 1937 as the Honolulu home of American heiress and philanthropist Doris Duke (1912-1993), Shangri La was inspired by Duke’s extensive travels throughout North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia and reflects architectural traditions from India, Iran, Morocco and Syria.

Honolulu Museum of Art is an art museum in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. The museum is largest of its kind in the state, and was founded in 1922 by Anna Rice Cooke. The museum has one of the largest single collections of Asian and Pan-Pacific art in the United States.  Have lunch in their open-air café surrounded by gardens, a waterfall, and spectacular sculptures by Jun Kaneko. On Sunday enjoy their special brunch menu.
Museum hours:
Tuesday-Sunday: 10am-4:30pm.
Closed Mondays.
Adults: $20
Café hours: 11am- 1:45pm.

Dining

Duke’s Waikiki – Popular option known for its beachfront location, surf ‘n’ turf, tiki vibe & umbrella drinks.

Marukame Udon – Guests order at the counter at this casual Japanese restaurant specializing in noodle soup.

Da Cove Health Bar – Casual cafe offering healthy eats, including smoothies, wraps & kava, with live music in evenings.

Roy’s Waikiki – High-end chain serving notable chef Roy Yamaguchi’s Hawaiian fusion fare in a contemporary setting.

Merriman’s Honolulu – Merriman’s is driven by our long-standing commitment to Hawaii Regional Cuisine. We support local farmers, ranchers and the local economy while offering fresh, authentic cuisine at its peak flavor.

Da Ono Hawaiian Food – No-frills, family-owned eatery draws locals with a menu of traditional Hawaiian plates.

Eggs n Things – Casual eatery with traditional breakfast/brunch staples featuring area-sourced ingredients & syrups.

Bombay Palace – Tranquil halal restaurant at the Discovery Bay Center for grilled kebabs & biryanis, plus other Pakistani & North Indian fare.

Phuket Thai – Restaurant serving Thai soups & curries in an airy dining room with a bar & outdoor seating.

Bars

Duke’s Waikiki – popular option known for its beachfront location, surf ‘n’ turf, tiki vibe & umbrella drinks.

Yard House – Sports-bar chain with a huge menu of New American fare & an extensive list of draft beers.

Maui Brewing Co., Waikiki – MBC is based on Maui, with its production brewery, full-service restaurant and tasting room in Kihei, as well as pubs in Lahaina (Maui) and Waikiki (Oahu).

Live Music

Blue Note Hawaii – Hawaii branch of the iconic NYC music venue, with big-name jazz, blues & local artists, plus dinner.

Mai Tai Bar – Open-air bar atop the Ala Moana Mall known for tropical-drink happy hours, local fare & live music.

Waikiki Walks

Ala Moana Beach Park is just a stone’s throw away from the Hawaii Prince Hotel, as is Ala Moana Shopping Center.

If you want to try out Waikiki’s world famous surf you will find that board rentals and surf lesson outfits abound. Remember to bring your sunscreens and rash guards to protect your skin from the sun.

Visit the Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Aquarium or just take a walk around Queen Kapiolani Park at the Diamond Head end of Waikiki.  For something a bit more ambitious you can walk to Diamond Head Lookout or do the Diamond Head Monument Crater Hike.

Diamond Head State MonumentThis extinct volcano is a popular hiking destination with a rugged trail leading to panoramic views.

Honolulu Zoo – is a 42-acre zoo located in Queen Kapiolani Park in Honolulu, Hawaii, US. It is the only zoo in the United States to be established by grants made by a sovereign monarch, and is built on part of the 300 acres royal Queen Kapiolani Park.

Waikiki Aquarium  – is an aquarium in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States. Founded in 1904, it is the second oldest public aquarium in the United States. Since 1919, the Waikiki Aquarium has been an institution of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Ala Moana Beach Park  – is a free public park on the island of Oahu, U.S. state of Hawaii, located between Waikiki and downtown Honolulu. This 100-acre park has a wide gold-sand beach that is over a half-mile long. Just a short distance from the conference venue, it also has public tennis courts. Play a few sets, and jump in the water to cool down afterwards.

Shopping

Ala Moana Shopping Center – The world’s largest open-air shopping mall with more than 350 shops and restaurants to explore. It is just a short walk from the Prince Hotel.

International Market Place – International Market Place is Waikiki’s premier retail, dining and entertainment destination. The open-air center features over 75 stores, ten restaurants on the incredible Grand Lanai, and Hawaii’s first Saks Fifth Avenue.

Royal Hawaiian Center – Royal Hawaiian Center offers 310,000 square feet of delight for Hawaii shoppers. With its more than 110 shops and restaurants, the Center is one of Hawaii’s largest shopping malls. Along the four-tiered three buildings, you can purchase everything from fine designer apparel to fun-in-the-sun apparel, from fine jewelry to costume jewelry and Hawaiian treasures, from fine dining in many restaurants to dining on hot dogs and ice cream. There are boutiques, sporting-good stores, Hawaii’s top surf shops, jewelry stores, craft shops and practically everything else conceivable — all in the very center of Waikiki.

Exploring Around Oahu

North Shore

Waimea Valley and Falls

Experience Hawaiʻi’s Living Culture in Waimea Valley, deeply rooted in authentic Hawaiian History, Culture, Spirituality and Tradition. Waimea Valley is a world apart from Waikiki, be in the quiet of nature, beautiful flowers, rare plants, cultural sites and a beautiful waterfall for swimming. The Falls have been used for cliff diving featuring hourly exhibition. Swimming is allowed when divers are not performing. Additionally, Hula performances are done several times daily.
Summer Hours: (June 1 to September 4) Open Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 7 days a week

Beaches

Waimea Bay Beach Park

Sunset Beach

Shark’s Cove

NOTE: Talk to the lifeguard on duty (if there is one) for questions you may have before getting in the water.

Places to grab a bite to eat…

Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck (Kahuku)- Established, graffiti-decorated pit stop for a variety of shrimp plates & a garlic hot dog option.

Kua’aina Burgers (Haleiwa) – Burgers, sandwiches & salads are available at this modern fast-food joint with Hawaiian flair.

Haleiwa Joes (Haleiwa)- Located in historic Haleiwa town on Oahu’s illustrious “Seven-mile Miracle,” the original Haleiwa Joe’s location boasts views of the harbor, ocean, and postcard sunsets. While the restaurant is casual enough for family dining, the food and service is fit for royalty. It is common to bump into surf celebrities and Hollywood stars dining here in the Surfing Capital of the World. This location is a notable hot spot for live entertainment and late night parties on the weekends.

Matsumoto Shave Ice (Haleiwa)- Fans line up for shave ice in exotic flavors & combos, plus ice cream, at this local institution.

East Oahu

Kailua Beach Park – If you like to kite surf, windsurf or stand-up paddle (SUP), or watch others participate in the sports, head to Kailua on the Windward Coast. This 3-mile stretch of white, shaded sand and warm, turquoise-hued water appeals to all thanks to its gentle waves and ample facilities, including picnic tables, restrooms and free parking.
Rent a kayak or SUP from Kailua Beach Adventures or even book a tour.

Central Oahu

Arizona Memorial and Pearl Habor Visitor Center –  The Visitor Center operated by the National Park Service is free to the public and has a museum with exhibits about the Pearl Harbor attack, such as the ship’s bell from Arizona. Access to the USS Arizona Memorial is by U.S. Navy boat, for which a numbered ticket, obtained at the Visitor Center and valid for a designated departure time, is required.