Getting to Kalani

Flying to Hawaii, "The Big Island"

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Option 1: Fly to Hilo (ITO)

Fly to Hilo from other island airports such as Honolulu on Oahu, Kahului on Maui, Lihue on Kauai, or Kona, here on the west side of Hawaii, the Big Island. Several flights are offered daily with Hawaiian Airlines (1-800-367-5320) and go! Airlines (1-888-IFLYGO2). There is one direct flight from Los Angeles everyday on United Airlines (1-800-864-8331).

Kalani is only a 45 minute drive from the Hilo airport. There is also very limited public transportation via the Hele-On county bus that leaves from downtown Hilo. This is a slow, but inexpensive option, that comes right to Kalani if you can coordinate schedules. For more info visit the Hele-On bus website.

Option 2: Fly to Kona (KOA)

Kalani is a 2.5 - 3 hour scenic drive from Kona, halfway around the Island of Hawaii, "the Big Island", via either the northern or southern routes, or the newly finished Saddle road passing Mauna Kea. 

Be sure to check with airlines about their offerings of special car rental rates!

Airport Transportation

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Kalani Airport Shuttle

We offer transportation (from Hilo only) for $65 one way, or $45 per person if more than one traveler. We try to combine whenever possible. A regular taxi costs about $90. Call or email us with your arrival and departure information as soon as you've purchased your airline ticket. We are happy to reserve your pickup and dropoff to and from the Hilo Airport.

Driving to Kalani from the Hilo International Airport (ITO)

  • Leaving the Hilo airport, turn left at traffic light onto Kanoelehua Ave/ Highway 11 South.
  • Continue on Hwy 11 until you are out of town (about 5.9 miles).
  • Turn left onto Kea'au Pahoa Bypass Road/ Highway 130 South and continue for 21 miles (passing Pahoa).
  • After mile-marker 20 there is a left-hand turn lane shortly after a large sign which says End of Road-1 mile. This important left turn is past a green church and in sight of the ocean. A sign will direct you either to Kalapana or End of Road. Turn left towards Kalapana, then curve right.
  • Follow this short road to a stop sign at a T-junction and turn left onto Kalapana-Kapoho Rd/ Coastal Highway 137.
  • After about 5 miles, between the 17 and 18 mile-markers, and a half-mile beyond Kalapana Sea View Estates, Kalani will be on your left, marked with a lighted entrance sign.

Driving to Kalani from the Kona International Airport (KOA)

  • Make a left out of the airport and drive north on Route 19.
  • Continue on Route 19 through Waimea, down the Hamakua coast (still Route 19) until you get to Hilo.
  • Past the waterfront side of town, make a right onto Highway 11 at Ken's House of Pancakes (sign says Volcano 30 miles).
  • Continue on Hwy 11 until you are out of town (about 5.9 miles).
  • Turn left onto Kea'au Pahoa Bypass Road/ Highway 130 South and continue for 21 miles (passing Pahoa).
  • After mile-marker 20 there is a left-hand turn lane shortly after a large sign which says End of Road-1 mile. This important left turn is past a green church and in sight of the ocean. A sign will direct you either to Kalapana or End of Road. Turn left towards Kalapana, then curve right.
  • Follow this short road to a stop sign at a T-junction and turn left onto Kalapana-Kapoho Rd/ Coastal Highway 137.
  • After about 5 miles, between the 17 and 18 mile-markers, and a half-mile beyond Kalapana Sea View Estates, Kalani will be on your left, marked with a lighted entrance sign.

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