Lihue Airport Car Rental

Lihue Airport Background…

Finding out a bit of the historic background behind the airport isn’t as easy as most other United States airports that can be found all over the internet. The best you can get is a page on the airport’s dated web site that is written in semi-broken English. One can only hope that the website and its information will be updated someday soon. From what I could gather, the land on which the airport is built was acquired in 1948 after World War II and the airport was open by 1950.

The passenger growth rate was a bit unexpected, forcing the airport to expand its premises almost immediately to compensate for the growing number of passengers and the demand for more trans-pacific flights. Today the airport services about two and a half million passengers through just over one hundred thousand aircraft operations each year. A Master Plan that was first announced in the early 1990 has been delayed numerous times but is still in effect and calling for further expansion operations in the foreseeable future.

 Kaua'i: Lihue and the East.

Lihue Airport Car Rentals…

There are seven major national car rental companies that offer their services to the passengers of Lihue Airport. The rental counters, or booths as the airport calls them, are located across the street from the Baggage Claim area. The seven rental agencies you have to choose form include Avis, Alamo, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National, and Thrifty.

The actual vehicles are situated on a little road that sits on the other side of the parking lot nearest the terminal.  You could walk there (if you were so inclined), or you could pick up a free shuttle service to the car rental area.

Lihue Airport Directions to Lihue...

The island on which Lihue Airport sits is a quite tropical destination. Most people going through the airport are doing just that, catching planes to other destinations and simply bidding their time by hanging around the airport’s lobby as they wait for their flight. If you are looking to visit the island for a peaceful getaway, then simply take one look at the map of an island before you arrive. You’ll notice that there are a multitude of small towns along the coastline and a large expanse of various forest reserves throughout the middle of the island.

The main town that the airport is named after, Lihue, can be found by leaving via Ahukini Rd and following it directly into the heart of the town. Once you’re in the middle of the town you can hop onto Kuhio Highway and start making your way to the right or left and follow the highway along the coast. To the right you’ll run into Wailua, Kapaa, Anahola, Kilauea, Kalihiwai, Princeville, and Hanalei. After Hanalei the highway ends at Haena State Park. To the left you’ll travel twice the distance as the right and twice as many towns as well as multitudes of resorts and a few golf courses. The left eventually ends at Polihale State Park.

Gas stations near island airports are usually a pain to get to and don’t offer much in the way of options. Lihue is the exception. If you’re coming back from the northern end of the island, meaning you took a right onto Kuhio Highway, you can follow the highway, hugging left as you make your way past the fork, and refuel at Hanamaulu Service Center before taking Hanamaulu Rd to Hehi Rd. Hehi Rd will take you out to Kapule Highway, take a right and the airport will eventually be on your left. Your other option would be to continue past the service center, through the town, and fill up at either one of the three service stations in the heart of Lihue or one of the three you’ll run into after taking a left onto Rice St. Regardless, once you refuel and are on Rice St, take a left onto Kapule Highway and the airport will be on your right.

Lihue Airport, Kauai, Hawaii - IMG 2572

Other Car Rental Options at Lihue Airport…

If you’re trying to find somewhere specific, I suggest picking up a GPS system. It’s only a couple dollars extra and could save you a lot of time and money. Unlike most islands, the road doesn’t go around in a complete circle. Knowing where to go is a life saver. Also, reserve your vehicle before you arrive. It’s an island. While there may be seven different rental services, there isn’t much variety.
Source: Lihue Airport

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