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Hotel Information

Due to strong participation in PACRIM, the Hilton Waikoloa Village and Marriott Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa are sold out on most of the nights of the conference.  Additional rooms are available at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel, which is about 5 miles from the Hilton Waikoloa. Shuttle service will be provided from the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel to the Hilton Waikoloa Village.  See below to make your hotel reservations today.


If you need assistance or have questions or concerns, please contact Greg Phelps via email, or phone at 614-794-5831.


Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows

68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive

Kohala Coast, HI 96743


Guest Fax: 808-881-7000


Hotel Reservations


Fax: 808-885-1484



Room Rate

Single/double – $249 plus $15 (discounted) Daily Resort Fee per night and 12.416% tax.  Includes complimentary shuttle service to and from the Hilton Waikoloa.


Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows is nestled on a white sandy beach on the Kohala Coast on the Island of Hawaii. The resort includes the luxurious Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, Mauna Lani Spa and the Francis H I’i. Brown golf courses. The 318 guestrooms and 18 suites all feature a private lanai, desk and chairs, coffee table, couch, two phones, WiFi, internet access, 47″- 60″ LCD TV, personal bar, safe, double and king size beds, refrigerator, clock radio, make-up mirror, hair dryer, umbrella & bathrobe.


Hilton Waikoloa Village

69-425 Waikoloa Beach Drive

Waikoloa, Hawaii   96738

Phone Number: 808-886-1234



Hilton Waikoloa – Activity Calendar and Guide


Experience Hilton Waikoloa Village, a unique resort in Waikoloa set in 62 oceanfront acres of the exclusive Kohala Coast on Hawaii Island. Just 20 minutes north of Kona International Airport, this Waikoloa resort features tropical gardens with waterways, exotic wildlife and a museum walkway with Asian and Polynesian artwork. Enjoy recreational amenities including two championship golf courses, eight tennis courts, three swimming pools, dolphin encounters and lagoon watersports


A credit card guarantee is required to confirm a reservation. Cancellation is 14 days prior to arrival to avoid a one night penalty charge.


Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

69-275 Waikoloa Beach Drive

Waikoloa, HI 96738, US

Phone: +1-808-886-6789


Room Rate

Single/Double – $249 plus $15.00  (discounted) Daily Resort Fee Per Night and 13.416% room tax.



Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa resort is on 15 acres and faces the Anaeho’omalu Bay beach and ancient fish ponds. Walking distance to the Hilton Waikoloa, the Marriott is  one of the most convenient Waikoloa beach resorts, within walking distance to premier shopping, dining, golf and ocean sports.  



Airport Information

Kona International Airport at Keahole
– KOA  


Kona International Airport at Keahole is the primary airport on the Island of Hawaii.  It serves transpacifc and interisland flights.  KOA is located in West Hawaii at Keahole.  Approximately 17 miles/20 minutes to the Hilton Waikoloa.  Taxi service is approximately $60.



Ground Transportation


To ensure service, it is recommended that you secure you ground transportation prior to arrival. 


Hawaii Airport Express Shuttle – Roundtrip Kona airport shuttle service between Kona Airport (KOA) and Hapuna, Hualalai, Kailua, Keauhou, Mauna Lani, Mauna Kea, and Waikoloa accommodations.


*Prices are based on location: $36-$76 per person.


Our Kona airport shuttle is fast, convenient and friendly, for a worry-free arrival and departure. On arrival, our friendly airport representative will meet and greet you at baggage claim and provide luggage/porter service. There will be no more than 5 stops to your destination. 


Speedi Shuttle Sedan and Limousine Service  – Shared shuttle from $56 for shared service and from $150 for private service. 


Car Rentals All KOA airport car rental companies maintain both baseyards and check-in counters off terminal and are served by continuous shuttles  You may board the shuttles from the center median located across the street from baggage claim areas A and B.  Companies served include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty. 


Harley Davidson Rental for those who like the wind in your hair….


Visa Information


If you are a non U.S. resident planning to attend this meeting, please note that the process of obtaining a visa to enter the United States may take several months. If you require an invitation letter in order to obtain a visa, please send an email with name of the meeting you plan to attend, your full name, mailing address, telephone number, date of birth, place of birth, passport number, passport issue date and passport expiration date to invitationletters@ceramics.org to obtain an official invitation from The American Ceramic Society.



Local Information

ACerS Concierge: Have questions about the meeting location? Contact Greg Phelps for assistance. 


Greg’s Top 10 things to do in Hawaii – Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA – 2017


1)  Kohala Coast 

The Hilton Waikoloa is located north of the Kona International Airport (KOA) along the Kohala Coast.  Nestled amongst the jet-black and rust-red lava rock fields, a result of eruptions from Hualalai volcano centuries ago, are green oases full of world-class accommodations, fine dining (dining guide – Kohala coast), and some of Hawaii’s best golf courses. Less than nine inches of rainfall annually falls on the eight outstanding resorts here, so soak in the sun and relax at Hapuna Beach State Park, one of Hawaii Island’s largest white sand beaches, indulge in a taste of Hawaii Regional Cuisine, or recharge at some of the island’s best spas. You’ll discover cultural treasures on the Kohala Coast too, from Anaehoomalu Petroglyphs field in the Waikoloa Resort to those of the Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, as well as the remarkable Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site, the largest restored heiau in Hawaii. Spencer Beach Park, just below Puukohola Heiau, is another family-friendly beach popular with locals.  MORE:  http://www.gohawaii.com/big-island/regions-neighborhoods/kohala-coast/


2)  Kona

The sunny Kona District stretches for about 60 miles from Kona International Airport to beyond Kealakekua Bay on Hawaii Island’s lava-lined western coast. Along this expansive area, you’ll find everything from coffee farms to historic Hawaiian landmarks, seaside dining, local markets, and nightlife. MORE:  http://www.gohawaii.com/big-island/regions-neighborhoods/kona/


3)  Waimea 

Travel east, inland from the volcanic Kohala Coast to discover Waimea (also called Kamuela), which is unlike any other place on Hawaii Island. Known as paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) country this historic area full of rolling, green pastures is still home to cattle, cowboys, and ranches.  You will also find markets and boutiques, stunning scenic drives, and overlooks. For dining options, check out the dining guide – Kamuela (Waimea) Here are 5 things to do in Waimea  http://www.hawaiimagazine.com/content/top-5-things-do-waimea-hawaii-island


4)  Mauna Kea Observatories Hawaii 

The summit of Mauna Kea on the Island of Hawaii hosts the world’s largest astronomical observatory, with telescopes operated by astronomers from eleven countries. The combined light-gathering power of the telescopes on Mauna Kea is fifteen times greater than that of the Palomar telescope in California — for many years the world’s largest — and sixty times greater than that of the Hubble Space Telescope. http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/info/vis/visiting-mauna-kea.html


5)  Hawaii’s Top Snorkeling Spots 

Since you won’t have enough time to experience all the wonderful snorkeling spots the Big Island has to offer, here are the top 3 snorkeling spots based on their abundance of marine life and easy accessibility https://www.lovebigisland.com/great-snorkeling-spots-hawaii/    The manta ray night dive is widely regarded as the most memorable dives in the world https://www.lovebigisland.com/big-island-manta-ray-night-dive/


6)  Hawaii Island Golf

With some of Hawaii’s most magnificent courses to choose from, some crafted by the biggest names in course design, Hawaii Island is known as the “Golf Capital of Hawaii.” Discover courses along the Kohala Coast, such as the Jack Nicklaus designed Hualalai Golf Course, the championship Francis H. Ii Brown courses of the Mauna Lani Resort, and the Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed courses at Mauna Kea Resort. Not to be outdone, play the two courses of the Waikoloa Beach Resort designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Discover a variety of other hidden gems throughout Hawaii Island and play amongst the striking contrasts of lush green fairways, pure white bunkers, jet-black lava flows, and turquoise Pacific waters. Hit a bad shot and you can always blame it on Hawaii Island. Views like this justify a mulligan.  http://www.gohawaii.com/big-island/experiences/golf/


7)  Scenic Drives 

The Island of Hawaii is about the size of Connecticut, USA (check out this great website to compare two google maps at the same scale http://util.io/compare-maps ) so it is possible to explore the entire island by car.  A small detour to your destination can help you discover a whole new side of Hawaii. The scenic drives described on the following page are made to show some of the beautiful places on the Big Island that you would have missed if you rushed from destination to destination.  This site also has much information about plants, animals, weather, astronomy, and more.  http://www.instanthawaii.com/cgi-bin/hi?Drives


8)  Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park  – Discover and Experience Ancient Hawaii

At Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, you can learn about and appreciate the richness and depth of Hawaiian history and culture.  A self guided tour takes you back in time as you explore the ancient Royal Grounds, which were once reserved for the chiefdom of Kona. Passing beyond the wall that borders the Royal Grounds you will walk onto the Pu’uhonua, where people found refuge after war or breaking a kapu (religious law).  https://www.nps.gov/puho/planyourvisit/things2do.htm


9)  The Hilton Waikoloa Village activity guide 

The Hilton Waikoloa Village is a city within itself.  Explore all the experiences this world class resort offers, including dining, art, wildlife, golfing, and cultural activities including the Legends of Hawaii Luau – Our Big Island Adventure! http://www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com/about-the-resort


10)  Finally, 10 more tips to ensure a perfect stay from the great staff at the Hilton Waikoloa Village including tours and activities and an interactive map of the island.




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