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Big Island Travel FAQ

Now that you’ve explored some of the Mauna Lani Point site, you’re ready to start planning your trip to the Hawaii Island. We’ve answered some basic questions below to make your Big Island travel easy and enjoyable.

Q. What is the time difference from the continental US?

A. Hawaii follows Hawaii Standard Time (GMT-10 hours), which is 5 hours behind Eastern Standard Time and 2 hours  

    behind Pacific Standard Time. Hawaii does not observe Daylight Savings Time so add one extra hour to the time

    difference during this period (March through November).


Q. Where is the main airport on Hawaii Island?

A. Travel to Kona International Airport (KOA) in Kona to the west, or Hilo International Airport (ITO) in Hilo to the east. Most

     visitors arrive in Kona. There is also the option of flying into Honolulu International Airport (HNL) first and then taking a

     short, 35-40 minute flight to Hawaii Island.


Q. When is a good time to visit Hawaii Island?

A. Anytime of year is a good time to visit Hawaii Island. At sea level, the average summer temperature is 85 degrees

    Fahrenheit, 78 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter.  Trade winds keep things comfortable year-round. Whale watching

    season runs from December through May, with peak whale watching months between January and early April. Check

    the Volcano Eruption Update page for the latest news at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.


Q. What should I pack on my trip to Hawaii Island?

A. It’s warm on Hawaii Island, so pack your summer attire. Pack a light, waterproof jacket for hiking or exploring the tropical

    rainforests of Hilo and the Hamakua Coast and warmer clothes if you plan to visit the uplands of Waimea and the higher

    elevations of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Bring casual dress clothes or resort wear if you plan on experiencing

    some fine dining. You can buy an Aloha Shirt and flip-flops (or slippers, as the locals call them) when you get here. Suits

    and ties are rarely worn here.


   Traveler’s checks aren’t necessary since credit cards are widely accepted and ATM machines are everywhere. Don’t

    worry if you forget something. Stores and malls have everything you need, including plenty of sunscreen.


Q. Do I need a car to get around Hawaii Island?  

A. We recommend a rental car for flexibility and ease, and we strongly suggest booking before you arrive. All the major

    rental companies are found on Hawaii Island. There are also guided tours of every type from bus tours and taxis to

    private limos.  For private car service we recommend Hawaii Executive Transportation.

Q. Can I mail something to The Islands at Mauna Lani?
A. Yes you can mail items to Mauna Lani Point prior to your arrival, simply mail the item to yourself C/O Mauna Lani Point to the mailing address below. We will hold it at the front desk until you arrive.

The Islands at Mauna Lani
68-1310 Mauna Lani Drive
Kohala Coast, Hawaii USA 96743