Basic Travel Facts

Travel Guide

The student organizers, in collaboration with local grad student Raphael Ritson-Williams, have kindly provided a Visitor's Guide to Honolulu (PDF). It is a list containing a few recommended dining establishments and favored recreational activities around the convention center and surrounding areas.


Oahu’s main airport is Honolulu International Airport (HNL). HNL is also Hawaii’s major airport, serving as the entry point for most of Hawaii’s visitors.

Transportation from Honolulu International Airport to the Hotels near the Hawaii Convention Center can be either  By taxicab, approximately $35-$40 or you may contact  The following shuttle services:

Speedi Shuttle
example of fare – one way from HNL airport to Hilton Hawaiian Village = $14.55.  Round trip = $26.79

Airport Shuttle by Robert’s Hawaii
One way = $15, Round Trip = $28. 

Hawaii Convention Center
Time Zone

Hawaii Standard Time (GMT-10 hours), 5 hours behind the US East Coast, 6 hours behind during Daylight Saving Time (Hawaii does not observe Daylight Saving Time).


U.S. dollar. Credit cards are widely accepted. Traveler’s checks are accepted at many businesses.


Average temperature: 75˚-85˚ F. It is generally drier on the western (leeward) side of the island, wetter on the eastern (windward) side.

Area Code/Cell Phones

The area code for all of Hawaii is (808). Cell phone coverage is readily available in most places if you’re coming from the continental United States.


Dress casually. Bring a light jacket for nights. Semi-casual dress clothes for restaurants and nightlife. Suits and ties are rarely worn.

Child Care

While you are attending the Ocean Sciences Meeting, your children can enjoy their own convention camp organized by ACCENT on Children’s Arrangements, Inc., a national company specializing in children’s activities. This is a complete morning to early evening entertainment program packed with activities for children ages six months to 12 years. Children will participate in age-appropriate activities, including arts and crafts projects and active games in a safe, nurturing, and educational environment. The high ratio of caregiver to child (1:2 for children six to 11 months; 1:3 for children 12 months to two years; 1:5 for children three to five years; and 1:8 for children six to 12 years) ensures that campers receive lots of personal attention.

Program costs include morning and afternoon snacks and juice, entertainment, and craft materials.  Lunch is not included.  However, a lunch can be purchased when registering, or parents can send or bring a lunch to their child.

While parents will need to pay a fee (either half or full day) for each child, OSM has made a commitment to support those parents with young children and will subsidize a portion of the care.  Arrangements need to be made on an individual basis through ACCENT on Arrangements, Inc. by completing the online registration form, .  You also can call ACCENT on Children’s Arrangements at 504-524-0188 or email:

Should you need any additional information, please contact Sue Rulla,

The deadline for advance child care registration is February 14, 2014.  After this date, rates are subject to increase, so please register early.  OSM and its organizers assume no responsibility or liability for services rendered.