EDEN 2007 Annual Meeting
Theme - EDEN: Linked for Preparedness
November 6, 2007 - November 8, 2007
Most travelers fly to Hilo via Honolulu which is a short 40 minute flight. Over 30 flights a day from Honolulu to Hilo are available on Aloha (www.alohaairlines.com), Hawaiian (www.hawaiianair.com), Go! (www.Iflygo.com), and Island Airlines (www.islandair.com). Currently interisland fares are quite competitive at about $39 (or cheaper) plus tax and fees one way when advanced reservations are made on line. Other options for getting to Hilo is on a direct flight from Oakland, California to Hilo on the no frills airline, ATA. Direct flights to Kailua-Kona (Keahole International Airport?KOA) on the Leeward (West) side of the island are provided by Aloha, United (Denver, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles), American, and Delta Airlines and is a scenic 2 hour drive to Hilo.
Hilo Hawaiian Hotel is located on scenic Hilo Bay, about 3.2 miles from the Hilo International Airport Terminal, and about 1.5 miles from downtown Hilo. There are no hotel shuttles for any of the hotels in Hilo. Cabs are usually available at baggage claim. The fall season is usually a slow tourist season so rental cars should be available.
Hilo is located on the Windward (East) side of the Big Island of Hawaii on Hilo Bay where Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa mountains meet. Many lives were lost in Hilo in 1946 and 1960 when it was hit by tsunamis. It is a small, sleepy town with a population of about 45,000. Hilo is the county seat, home to the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and the home base for several world class telescopes located at the summit of Mauna Kea. The annual rainfall averages almost 120 inches so chances are good that there might be some rain. The weather in November is usually difficult to predict beyond one week.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is about a 40 minute drive away. It is home to Puu O?o a volcanic vent that has been actively erupting since January 1983. Hilo and surrounding areas is where most of the orchids, anthuriums, papayas, macadamia, exotic tropical fruits, potted ornamentals, and many other crops are grown.