Getting Around the Big Island

Hele-On Bus

The Hele-On is the Big Island public transportation system that has both north and south routes from Kona to Hilo dropping at various locations in between. This is an economical way to get many places on the Island however, it takes some advanced planning as the times are limited. To plan your trip to a location out side of Kona visit Hele-On Bus. If you need assistance interpreting the locations please don't hesitate to ask!

The bus to Hilo from Kona leaves twice a day (Mon-Sat).  It passes right in front of the hostel at 6:30 am.  Or you can take the 4 pm bus that picks up behind Target and in the Kmart parking lot.  The 4 pm bus does not pass the hostel!   The bus costs $2 and takes about 3 hours.

Getting Around Kona

Hele-On Bus

There is also an Intra Kona Hele On Route that circles the city traveling between Honaunau south of town to the airport in the north. Hele-On only accepts exact change cash and is $2/person per ride.

Keauhou Trolley

The Kona Trolley, also known as the Keauhou Honu Express Shuttle, is an open air trolley that travels round-trip between the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Kailua-Kona, making numerous stops along Ali'i Drive and reaching destinations such as Coconut Grove (many restaurants), Kailua Pier, Target, Macy's, Walmart, Kona Brewing Company, and many more. You really can get anywhere you want to go in Kona on the trolley! The Kona Trolley runs daily from 9 am to 9 pm. Fare is $2.00/person per transfer. Kona Commons Shopping Center (across from Target) provides a free transfer when spending $25 or more. Click for schedule.

Car Rentals

Kona International Airport Car Rental

All of the major car rental companies have offices at the Kona International Airport and it is often cheapest to get a car at this location.  However, if you don’t pick up a car upon arrival the easiest way to get back to the airport is to take the 7:45 am Hele On bus (Mon-Sat only) that picks up directly in front of the hostel.  You will arrive at the airport around 8:30 am. 

Kona Town Car Rental

Dollar Rental Car & Enterprise Rent-A-Car: These two companies do have offices in town.  Dollar Rental Car is located in the King Kam Hotel and Enterprise is in Old Industrial.

Islanddiscountrentals.com: They have free airport pick up and drop off or will drop your car at the hostel.  Book ahead to get the best prices!

Scooter Rental

Scooters are a convenient way to get around Kona.  However, it is not advised to take a scooter out of town as they do not move fast enough to get out of the way of other traffic. 

Aloha Kona Moped: They are located in Old Industrial but will drop a scooter at the hostel.  Ask about weekly rates.