Venue, Travel, and Accommodations


The conference will be held at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort on the sunny Kona coast of the Big Island of Hawai'i. General information about the hotel and all the services and activities it provides can be found at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott website.


The Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort has extended very favorable rates to the conference participants, ranging from $129 to $249 + taxes, for single or double occupancy. When making your travel plans, please note that the hotel has extended the rates offered 3 days prior to and after your stay. We encourage you to book your reservations as soon as possible to benefit from the better rates. In addition, for those participants opting to make their bookings via telephone, the following numbers may be contacted: 506-474-2009; toll free number is 800-266-9432, and do mention the Telescopes From Afar Conference.

Hotel Booking


A letter confirming your participation in the conference will be provided for those participants coming from abroad and needing to meet U.S. non-immigrant visa requirements. For this request, please contact the LOC


As public transportation is not available on the island, the following links may be useful in making your travel arrangements.

Airport Shuttle

Speedi Shuttle - (808) 329-5433

$52 for one person 1-WAY from the Kona Airport to the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort. Call for reservations at least 48 hours in advance to avoid delays


Paradise Taxi - 808-329-1234

$62 for one person 1-WAY from the Kona Airport to the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort. Call for reservations in advance to avoid delays and for directions to their prearranged pick up area

Car Rental

Avis Car Rental

National Car Rental

Driving Directions/Map

Airport: Kona Intl At Keahole Kalaoa, Hawaii 96740
1. Head north 0.5 mi
2. Turn right toward Keahole Airport Rd 0.7 mi
3. Take the 2nd left onto Keahole Airport Rd 0.5 mi
4. Turn left at HI-19 17.0 mi
5. Turn left at Waikoloa Beach Dr 0.8 mi
6. Turn left 43 ft
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa 69-275 Waikoloa Beach Drive Waikoloa - Hawaii, HI 96738

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Big Island Information

Hawaii's Big Island is a quilt of climatic contrasts across its six districts. From the active volcano to the cool, misty breezes of Waimea, the sunny lava plains of South Kohala and the dry heat of Ka'u, Hawaii Island is a place of stunningly distinct environments.