Symposium 2020 > Lodging and Transportation

Lodging in Hawai'i:  Our 2020 Symposium will take place at the Aloha Tower Marketplace on the campus of Hawai'i Pacific University (HPU) in Honolulu, on the island of Oahu. Listen and watch as UCGIS President Karen Kemp gives us a video overview of the Symposium venue! 

For additional travel details, check out our FAQ section with current information and ideas. 

Participants in the Symposium will be able to stay in HPU dorm rooms in the adjacent Waterfront Lofts. Modern, comfortable, air conditioned, convenient! Each loft room has a kitchenette, small living area, and a bathroom. The bedrooms can be used as singles or doubles. 

Plus, a delicious breakfast at the convenient Pier Nine by Sam Choy Restaurant, which is part of the HPU facilities at the Aloha Tower Marketplace, is INCLUDED in the room costs!  


Reservations for these low-cost rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and made directly through Hawaii Pacific University. On the HPU reservations form, you will be able to indicate if you would chose to use your bedroom as a single, or whom you would like to share a bedroom with or share the full loft room with. You can also indicate if you'd be willing to be placed with others looking for sharing in a men's or women's room. 

Room numbers will be limited, so stay tuned for the reservations link to be available here soonIf you want, you can use this simple form to let us know that you're interested in staying in the HPU dorms, and we'll send you an email as soon as the link has been posted. Save yourself the hassle of remembering to check back here so often...


Type of Room Number of Bedrooms in each Room Beds per Bedroom Bathroom Price per Room (breakfast included) * **
Loft 2, one on main floor and one up a small flight of stairs 2

Yes, 1 per loft room

One person / bedroom = $95/night/person

Two people / bedroom = $70/night/person

4 people (max in room) = $280/night

Studio Unit Singles 1 1 Yes, 1 per studio room $145 / person / night

* This price INCLUDES breakfast at the Pier Nine restaurant which is part of the Aloha Tower Marketplace for the Hawaii Pacific University campus.

** There will also be a $15 charge for linens (sheets and towels) per person per reservation.

Interested in lodging other than a dorm room?  Consider the nearby Aqua Aston Executive Centre Hotel. It is conveniently located just four blocks from where our Symposium meetings will be held.

Travel to Hawai'i:  Many airlines will take you to the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu (airport code HNL), including Southwest Airlines. Website such as Skyscanner often reveal reasonable prices, and our late May Symposium falls in the "low" season for tourist travel. We will be sure to share information widely when we hear about a sale on tickets!

Ground Transportation from the Honolulu Airport to the Aloha Tower Market Place:  See the information on the Daniel K. Inouye Airport website. Be sure to aim for HPU at Aloha Tower Marketplace since HPU has several sites. 

  1. Public transit - City bus #19 gets within a 6 minute walk to Aloha Tower Marketplace. Costs $3 (exact change required). Every ½ hour, 30 minute bus ride. 

  2. Ride share (Lyft/Uber) - pick up zones are indicated in the airport terminal, though you may need to ask for additional directions once outside. Here’s a map. About $20 to Aloha Tower Marketplace.

  3. Roberts Shuttle - typical shared van, stops multiple places, $17 one way. They are used to delivering to the cruise terminal, which is close to HPU Aloha Tower Marketplace.

  4. Taxi - $30+