Almost all travelers arrive at the Island of Hawai'i by airplane.  Some fly in to the Honolulu (HNL) airport ( and then take an inter-island flight from Honolulu to one of the two airports located on the Island of Hawai'i.  However, there are now many direct flights from major international locations straight to the Island of Hawai'i, and this may be an option for certain travelers. United, Delta, American, Alaska and USAir are some of the airlines with flights to Hawai'i. 

There are two airports located on the Island of Hawai'i.  The larger of the two airports, and the one which does host some international airlines, is the airport located on the Kona side of the island.  The Keahole-Kona (KOA) Airport ( ) is located on Highway 19.  The other airport, the Hilo (ITO) Airport ( ), is located just off Highway 11 on the other side of the Island of Hawai'i. Upon arrival at either of these airports, travelers can obtain a rental car, which is generally the best method of getting from the airport to the hotel or resort destination.  This is important as none of the hotels offers pickup services and cab fares to the hotel generally cost a minimum of $25.  

Another means by which some travelers get to the Island of Hawai'i is via cruise ship.  Hawai'i is a popular cruise ship destination and most major cruise lines offer packages which include a stop at the Island of Hawai'i.  There are week  to 10 day long cruises out of Honolulu and Maui. There are a few one-way 10 day trips to and from the west coast of the continental U.S. at the beginning of the season.  However, more popular are the 15 day round trips fron Los Angeles and San Diego which operate from November through April.