Traveling to Hawai’i

COVID-19 Information

Note: Travelers must keep abreast of current COVID requirements for travel to Hawai’i to avoid quarantine upon arrival. If you are coming to the UHM Campus, you are required to wear masks indoors. Wearing masks outdoors is optional.

Traveling to Hawai’i

When traveling to Hawai‘i, please consult with our State of Hawai‘i travel resources below. Depending on whether you are a participant traveling on a direct international flight from your country to Hawaii or one traveling internationally with multiple legs or domestically, your requirements will be different. Please see the pages below for more information.

Airport transportation:

Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL)
The island of O‘ahu is serviced by the Honolulu International Airport (HNL). Airlines that fly to Hawai‘i include American, United, Delta, Hawaiian, & Alaska Airlines, and a wide variety of airlines from abroad. The airport is about a 20-minute drive (non-rush hour traffic time) from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa or Waikiki.

Airport Shuttle Services (rates subject to change)

Ride Share
​​Lyft and Uber operate to and from Honolulu airport. For Interisland and International arrivals, use the second median on the departures level, across from Lobby 2. For Mainland US arrivals, use the second median on the departures level, across from Lobby 8, or the median outside of Lobby 5.

There is taxi service available outside the baggage claim area at the airport. An average fare from the airport to Waikiki or the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa campus is between $25-35. An average fare from Waikiki to the UH Mānoa campus is between $10-15. You can also call:

Car Rentals
Various car rental companies (Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Thrifty) have onsite and offsite rent-a-car offices at the Honolulu International Airport.

For more information on ground transportation options available from the airport, see the Getting To & From section on the airport website.


See our special Lodging section for information about booking rooms at our two conference hotels. Book by April 15!

Getting around Oahu

Car Rentals
In addition to having offices at the Honolulu International Airport, some car rental companies (Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Thrifty) also have offices in Waikiki. Check online for the closest to your hotel.

Bus Tour Companies
Speak with the concierge desk at your hotel to conveniently arrange for tours of interest to you. Alternatively, you can contact any of our many local bus tour companies directly:

The Bus
Route and Schedule Information: (808) 848-5555. Website:

Download DaBus2-The Oahu Bus app on your phone to locate stops and see live GPS of your bus’ arrival! Otherwise, click here for bus route timetables.

O‘ahu’s bus system, logically dubbed “TheBUS,” offers island-wide service. TheBus now offers Holo Cards, which allow you to tap on and off of the bus instead of paying in cash each time. Holo Cards can be purchased at numerous locations in Waikiki. You can load your card at the same locations where you purchase them. After making an account online, you can also load your card digitally on your phone or computer.

If you are traveling with a holo card, you automatically earn a day pass after your second ride and travel the rest of the day free. This amounts to $5.50 per day.

One-way fare for TheBus:

  • $2.75 for adults
  • $1.25 for youths (children 5 and under free)
  • $1.00 for seniors & persons with Disability ID cards

Exact change is required when paying in cash.

​Bus lines that service the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa include A, #4, #6, and #13 (best option between Waikiki and UH).

IMPORTANT NOTE: People carrying large suitcases or baggage are not allowed on TheBus. If you have smaller items, you can ride on the bus. Click here for baggage rules for TheBus.

Ride Share
​​Lyft and Uber operate in Honolulu.