PSB 2018 Travel and Accommodations

PSB takes place during Hawaii's peak travel season; hence, travel and hotel reservations should be made early to ensure availability.

PSB 2018 will be held at the Fairmont Orchid, Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii. The Kona International Airport (KOA) is the nearest airport.

Please note that computers will not be provided for Internet access. A wireless network will be provided for participants' use with their personal laptops.


Air Travel Information

The Kona International Airport at Keahole (KOA) is the closest airport to the conference site.

Car Rental Discounts

PSB has arranged for special car rental rates through Hertz. To reserve the special meeting rates, please include CV# 04LK0008 when making reservations. Call 1-800-654-2240 in the US or 1-405-749-4434 outside the US. Book online at by clicking .

Other Ground Transportation Options

PSB does not endorse any of the following companies.

  • Speedi Shuttle offers shuttle transportation from/to KOA. To make reservations, please visit their website at
  • Uber
  • For other ground transportation options, please see the Kona Airport ground transportation web page.
  • Accommodations

    Please note that the Fairmont Orchid is sold out for PSB 2018. Please email orcgroupcoordinator @ or call reservations at 1-800-845-9905 to be placed on a waitlist for a room at the Fairmont Orchid.

    The Fairmont Orchid is located on the Kohala Coast in the Mauna Lani area; the condo rentals in this area tend to be expensive and the Mauna Lani resort is also almost full (PSB does not have a group rate there). Waikoloa Beach and Waikoloa Village are the closest neighboring areas with a few hotels and many condo rentals.


    PSB is held at The Fairmont Orchid.

    For reservations under the PSB Group Rate, call: 1 (808) 885-2000 and reference "Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing 2018" or click here to make your reservation online. The PSB group rate is valid January 2-10, 2018. If any part of your reservation is outside of these dates, please call the hotel directly at 1 (808) 885-2000 to make your reservation.

    • Fairmont Room: $245.00 excluding taxes and a non-negotiable daily $15.00 resort fee
    • Partial Ocean View: $295.00 excluding taxes and a non-negotiable daily $15.00 resort fee

    All rates are exclusive of applicable state and local taxes and are subject to availability. The resort fee includes self-parking, unlimited basic Internet access, and other amenities. The PSB hotel block sells out, so we encourage you to make your reservations as soon as possible. If you are unable to make a reservation, please contact the PSB Coordinator at psb.hawaii @

    The Fairmont offers complimentary in-room high-speed Internet access to members of its complimentary loyalty program, please see for more information. Membership must be activated prior to your arrival at the hotel.

    If you are interested in finding a roommate, please email psb.hawaii @ with your lodging dates, gender, and other roommate preferences. The PSB coordinator will then put you in touch with other participants who are looking for roommates. Please note that if you plan to share a room at the Fairmont, the reservation must include both guests' names for check-in.

    Hotel Parking

    Self-parking for one vehicle per room is covered by the resort fee. If the attendees chooses to use Valet Parking versus the Self-parking included in the resort fee, the charge will be the difference between the Self-parking rate and the Valet Parking rate, applicable for one car daily.

    For non-hotel guests, parking is complimentary with validation. Tickets may be validated at the bell desk.

    Travel Support

    We have been able to offer partial travel support to many PSB attendees in the past, including most authors of accepted full papers who request support and many graduate students. However, please note that no one is guaranteed travel support.