Travel Information Gemini North Hilo Base Facility

How to reach Gemini North Hilo Base Facility

To Gemini North Hilo Base Facility:

  1. Stay on the exit road from the airport until you view a traffic light.
  2. At the traffic light, turn LEFT onto Highway 11 also known as Kanoelehua Avenue.
  3. Stay on Highway 11, in the right-hand lane, proceed through three (3) stoplights, reaching a fork at Puainako Street (Prince Kuhio Plaza is on your left and Tesoro gas station on your right)
  4. At the light, bear to your RIGHT unto Puainako.
  5. Continue on Puainako for approximately 3 miles, until you reach Komohana Street at the top of the hill, where Puainako ends at a “T” intersection. Turn right.
  6. Stay in right-hand lane on Komohana Street until the University Park sign on your right. Turn RIGHT on Nowelo Street.
  7. Turn LEFT on A’ohoku Place. Gemini North Hilo Base Facility is the first building on your left.

Hilo, Hawai‘i

Accommodation in Hilo

To Hotels on Banyan Drive:

  1. Exit airport, at traffic light turn RIGHT unto Hwy 11 (Kanoelehua Avenue), proceed through next traffic light; Kanoelehua ends, Banyan Drive begins.
  2. All hotels in Hilo are located on Banyan Drive.

Hotels in Hilo

Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
71 Banyan Drive, Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Phone: +1 808 935 9361
Corporate rate starting from $125 plus taxes. Contact Travel Coordinator for reservations.
Standard Room King bed, No smoking.

Grand Naniloa Hotel
93 Banyan Drive, Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Phone: +1 808 969 3333
Reservations: +1 866 238 4218
Request Gemini Corporate Rate
Starting from $109 plus taxes

Hilo Seaside Hotel
126 Banyan Way, Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Phone: +1 808 935 0821
Gemini Observatory Preferred Card
Discount rates start from $69 + tax for Hilo

Dolphin Bay Hotel
333 Iliahi Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Hilo: +1 808 935 1466
Toll Free: +1 877 935 1466

Hotels in Kona

Kona Seaside Hotel
75-5646 Palani Road, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740
Phone: +1 808 329 2455
Toll Free: +1 800 560 5558
Gemini Observatory Preferred Card
Discount rates start from $74 + tax for Kona

Royal Kona Resort
75-5282 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740
Phone: +1 808 329 3111

King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel
75-5660 Palani Road, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740
Phone: +1 808 329 2911

Hotels in Honolulu

Honolulu Airport Hotel or Best Western Plaza Hotel
Phone: +1 800 800 3477
Corporate starting from $99 plus taxes. Contact Gemini Observatory for reservations.

NOTE: All hotel rates are subject to a 14.5% combined state and room tax.

Bed & Breakfast Locations

The Bay House
42 Pukihae Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Phone: +1 808 961 6311
Toll Free: +1 888 235 8195

Hilo Honu Inn
465 Haili Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Phone: +1 808 935 4325

Holmes Sweet Home
107 Koula Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Phone: +1 808 961 9089
Email: homswhom@hawaiiantel.net

Maureen's B&B
1896 Kalaniana’ole Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Phone: +1 808 935 9018
Toll Free: +1 800 935 9018

Pakalana Inn
123 Punahou Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Phone: +1 808 935 0709
Email: innkeeper@pakalanainn.com

Shipman House Inn
131 Ka’iulani Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Phone: +1 808 934 8002
Email: innkeeper@hilo-hawaii.com

Waterfalls Inn B&B
240 Ka’iulani Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Phone: +1 808 969 3407

Wild Ginger Inn
100 Pu’ueo Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Phone: +1 808 935 5556
Toll Free: +1 800 882 1887

Hostels

Hilo Bay Hostel
101 Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Phone: +1 808 933 2771
Email: denise@hawaiihostel.net

Arnott's Lodge & Hiking Adventures
98 Apapane Road, Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Phone: +1 808 339 0921
Email: reservations@arnottslodge.com

Food in Hilo

Love Big Island

Car Rental Agencies

Gemini does not provide a vehicle for observers. If Gemini makes the reservation for you, please be aware that this is your individual reservation, and you will need to make provisions for insurance because you will not be covered by any Gemini policy.

National Car Rental: +1 888 826 6890
Hilo: +1 808 935 0891

To benefit from the corporate discount, please contact our Visitor Coordinator to make these reservations with National.

Harper Car & Truck: +1 800 852 9993
Hilo: +1 808 797 3636

Other Car Rental Agencies

ALAMO: +1 888 826 6893
Hilo: +1 800 992 9823

AVIS: +1 800 831 8000
Hilo: +1 808 935 1298

BUDGET: +1 800 527 7000
Hilo: +1 808 935 6878

DOLLAR: +1 866 434 2226
Hilo: +1 866 434 2226

HERTZ: +1 800 654 3011
Hilo: +1 808 934 0302

Contacts

Adrienne Notley (Visitor Support)
+1 808 974 2582
adrienne.notley@noirlab.edu

Bobbi Kikuchi (Sr. Travel Coordinator)
+1 808 974 2509
bobbi.kikuchi@noirlab.edu

Gabriela Randrup (Administrative Assistant)
+1 808 974 2500
gab.randrup@noirlab.edu