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Almost all travelers arrive at the Island of Hawaii by airplane. Some of these travelers fly in to the Honolulu (HNL) airport ( www.honoluluairport.org) and then take an inter-island flight from Honolulu to one of the two airports located on the Island of Hawaii. However, there are now many direct flights from major international locations straight to the Island of Hawaii, and this may be an option for certain travelers. United, Delta, American, and USAir are some of the airlines with flights to Hawaii.
There are two airports located on the Island of Hawaii. The bigger 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 ( http://www.hawaii.gov/dot/airports/ha... ) is located on Highway 19. The other airport, the Hilo (ITO) Airport ( http://www.hawaii.gov/dot/airports/ha... ), is located just off of Highway 11 on the other side of the Island of Hawaii. 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 can cost a minimum of $25.
Another means by which some travelers get to the Island of Hawaii is via cruise ship. Hawaii is a popular cruise ship destination and most major cruise lines offer packages which include a stop at the Island of Hawaii. There are week to 10 day long cruises out of both Honolulu and Maui. There area few one-way 10 day trips to and from the west coast of the continental US 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.