Hilo Airport
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Hilo Airport Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • To prepare the land for building Hilo Airport, labour was used from a local prison with inmates getting rid of the rocks.
  • Following the Pearl Harbour attacks in 1941 a state of martial law was declared and all Hawaiian airports came under American military control.
  • Hawaii is one of the premier surfing destinations in the world with the Pipeline break being a spot on the International Surfing Tour.
  • Over the years Hilo Airport has had money injected into it by the Works Progress Administration and the Civil Aeronautics Administration.
  • The first jumbo jet to arrive at Hilo Airport was a Boeing 747 flown by Braniff International Airways in 1971.

Hilo Airport Mini Guide

Why am I Flying to Hilo?
Hilo is the largest conurbation in Hawaii and its oldest urban centre. It is built on Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano but also, more worryingly on Mauna Loa which is very much active. The town has suffered greatly from natural disasters in the past with tsunamis from earthquakes in the Aleutian Islands and again from the 9.5 magnitude earthquake off Chile in 1960. Both caused great loss of life and destruction. Today, the town hosts Hawaii’s Tsunami Museum which tells the full story of the devastation. On the seafront you can visit the memorial parks and see the trees planted in remembrance by Babe Ruth and Amelia Earhart.

Hilo Airport

How do I get to Hilo?
From the mainland, Continental flies into Hilo from Los Angeles and San Francisco with other airlines operating ‘island hoppers’ from Honolulu. To get to Hilo from outside of the US, you’ll have to fly into one of the mainland airports and take the connecting flight. The airport is very pretty and designed in the typical Hawaiian style with lots of wooden buildings and flowering plants. Sadly through varying fortune, the airport is much underutilised and is currently undergoing a review of services. Still, it offers a good range of services including an ATM for cash withdrawal, free airport wide Wi-Fi and quite a range of shops and restaurants. The shops include two selling typical Hawaiian clothing and gifts whilst the airport restaurants do traditional Hawaiian food as well as the standard American fare.

If you’re hiring a car, the rental company offices are found across the road in a separate building and you should pre-book a car to ensure availability as there is no public transportation apart from taxis at the airport. Pre-arranged shuttles are available and you should check with your hotel for availability.

Driving in Hilo Airport

  • R

    Road Driving Side

  • 40-120kph

    Urban speed Limit

  • 72-120kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  • 97-129kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  • 0-50mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  • USD $

    Currency

  • 25

    Min Rental Age

  • YES

    Tolls

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Hilo Airport is the second largest airport on the island of Hawaii. Most flights go there from Honolulu International. Mokulele and Hawaiian Airlines are the two main local airlines to operate out of Hilo Airport. There are also flights with Continental Airlines to Los Angeles and San Francisco.

All in all some 1.3 million passengers use the airport on an annual basis. They are mainly attracted to the tropical climate of Hawaii where long sandy beaches sit under perfect skies. The island offers opportunities for all sorts of adventures, from horse-riding through the forest to whale-watching out at sea.

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