A U.S. - Japan Bilateral Workshop on the Tropical Tropopause Layer: State of the Current Science and Future Observational Needs

15 - 19 October 2012


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We ask all invited workshop participants receiving travel support from the National Science Foundation to use World Travel (800-338-6188, 219-464-9555, wtravel@worldtravelunlimited.com) in Valparaiso, IN to make their travel arrangements. Valparaiso University has set up a purchase order with World Travel to cover airfare. If you would like to participate, contact one of the conference organizers.

Workshop guests stay at the Ala Moana Hotel. Contact them by phone at 1-808-955-4811 or toll free at 1-800-367-6025.

From Honolulu International Airport (HNL) to the Ala Moana hotel is about 8 miles. You can get a taxi (there are official taxi dispatchers in yellow shirts) which should take 15?]20 minutes and cost about $40. There are cheaper shuttle services which take several people to a number of hotels including the Ala Moana Hotel. If you have
confidence your flight will arrive on time you can even make a reservation in advance on this one

The Ala Moana Hotel, 410 Atkinson Drive, is located just outside the famous Waikiki neighbourhood and directly across the street from the Ala Moana Shopping Center. Ala Moana means “path by the ocean” in the Hawaiian language.

Near the Hotel
The ocean and Ala Moana Beach Park are just on the other side of the shopping center. You can access the shopping center directly from the second floor of the hotel.
Ala Moana Shopping Center (http://alamoanacenter.com/) is the largest shopping center within 2000 miles! It has many shopping and dining options.

Getting to the Meeting
The bus will leave at 8:30 each morning from outside the hotel (around the corner from the main entrance – see map below on the last page).
The meeting is at the “Imin Conference Center” which is in “Jefferson Hall” which is one of the buildings at the “East?]West Center”. If you miss the conference bus you should be able to get a taxi from the hotel to “Jefferson Hall at the East?]West Center” for about $10?]15. It would take about an hour to walk from the hotel to the meeting, and it would not be a very pleasant walk as it would be mainly along busy streets.
The map below on the second?]last page shows the location of the hotel and meeting.

Getting Around
You should be able to get to the meeting on the conference bus. There are lots of dining options, shopping, beaches within walking distance of the hotel. The city bus can take you to attractions downtown and near the city. However, if you want to get into the country, you will need to rent a car.

Local City Bus
For the Honolulu local bus service you can get details at

You will need $2.50 exact change to ride the city bus. Bus number 6 runs between the Ala Moana shopping center and the University of Hawaii campus and East West Center.

Car Rental
Even after you are here, I think (can’t guarantee of course) it should be easy to rent a car for as short as a single day and pick it up at or near the hotel. Check with the hotel desk for details.

The long term means at the Honolulu airport for the month of October are

daily max temperature ?] 87F or 31C
daily min temperature ?] 73F or 23C
monthly rainfall total ?] 2.7 inches or 6.8 cm
and an average of 7.6 days with rain during the month.
The meeting location is rainier than the airport, however.
For the sunny times a hat and sunglasses are advisable. Up to date weather info for Hawaii including forecasts and satellite and Doppler
radar animations are collected at

Local Attractions and Activities
There are many worthwhile attractions and activities in Honolulu and outside the city on the island of Oahu. Here’s one reasonably organized site describing some of the well known attractions

The hotel desk will be able provide lots more information and can hook you up with commercial visitor activities of various kinds from surfing lessons to bus tours.

Hawaii is an unusual place in terms of geology, ecology, history and culture and you may want to do some background reading before you come. The “Hawaii” Wikipedia page is a pretty good concise introduction: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawaii.

Many Hawaiian language words are used in everyday English conversation here http://hawaiian?]words.com/common/



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