Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National have rental cars at Honolulu International Airport. Alamo, Dollar and Thrifty operate about a mile outside the airport off Nimitz Hwy (airport courtesy shuttles available). On the drive back to the airport, all highway signs lead to on-site airport car returns.
Most major car-rental agencies have multiple branch locations in Waikiki, usually in the lobbies of resort hotels. Although the best rental rates are usually offered at Honolulu’s airport, Waikiki branches can be less hassle (and less expensive, given steep overnight parking costs at Waikiki hotels) if you’re only renting a car for a day.
In Waikiki, independent car-rental agencies may offer much lower rates, especially for one-day rentals and 4WD vehicles. They’re also more likely to rent to drivers under 25. Some also rent mopeds and motorcycles, and a few specialize in smart cars and hybrid vehicles.
Times vary depending upon traffic, but following are typical driving times and distances from Waikiki:
|Honolulu International Airport||9||25|
|Kaʻena Point State Park||46||70|
|Nuʻuanu Pali Lookout||11||20|
|USS Arizona Memorial||15||30|
When visiting Oʻahu’s beach parks, hiking trails or ‘secret’ spots off the side of the highway, take all valuables with you. Don’t leave anything visible inside your car or stowed in the trunk. Car break-ins are common all over the island and can happen within a matter of minutes. Some locals leave their cars unlocked to avoid the hassles of broken windows or jimmied door locks.