The AMS-WSM 2018 Conference will be held on the island of Oahu in Honolulu, HI. The primary venue for the meeting will be in the heart of beautiful Waikiki at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel. 

Getting to Oahu for the Meeting

The main airport on this island is the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) with interisland, national and international flights services by Hawaiian, United, American, and Delta Airlines along with a few others. Despite Hawaii's Interstates, you cannot drive here from the mainland.

From the airport, a taxi will be approximately $30 to the hotel. Uber and Lyft are also available. 

City bus (#19) picks up at the airport with several stops in Waikiki and only costs $2.75. 

There is also a Robert's Hawaii express shuttle departing from the airport with drop offs at Waikiki hotels and other locations on Oahu for $16/person. 


The 2018 organizing committee has arranged a limited number of special rate rooms at conference hotel, the Hilton Waikiki Beach.

The deadlines for securing the special AMS room rates for both the Early Bird and the AMS special rate have passed. You can still book a room with the hotel, but at their going rate. 

Extra 3rd and 4th persons are free for student rooms. Rates are valid 3 nights prior and post, based on availability. Room rates are subject to Hawaii State Taxes currently at 14.962% (4.712% excise tax rate, 10.25% transient accommodations tax rate).

Hilton Waikiki Beach

For additional student housing opportunities, see Student Information.

Places to Visit on Oahu

USS Arizona Memorial

Iconic memorial to USS Arizona crew that died in the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor which prompted the United States to enter WWII. 

Diamond Head State Monument

The Diamond Head Trail is one of the best Honolulu hikes that takes you from the center to the edge of a 300,000 year old crater.

Hiking trails

The Nā Ala Hele program provides guides to all official trails in Hawaii. (link to trail guides)

ʻIolani Palace

This is the only palace in the United States and the royal residence of the Hawaiian monarchy. 

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

This marine preserve offers one of the best snorkeling locations on Oahu. (More Information)

Valley of the Temples Memorial Park

The Byodo-In Temple was established in 1968 to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii and is a smaller scale replica of the over 950 year old Byodo-In Temple in Japan.

Hawaii’s customs and traditions

For a quick guide to some local customs and traditions, visit the Hawaii Tourism Authority website.

To help you read town and street names (especially to help with directions), here is the basic overview of the Hawaiian alphabet

Collecting Permits

Before any collecting activity in Hawaii, you will need to obtain the appropriate permits. See guidelines regarding invertebrate research, collection, possession, and commercial activity in Hawaii.

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