The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) has released a list of alternate transportation options for the island of Kauai in response to a rental car shortage on the island. Hawaii’s rental car fleet has decreased by more than 40% during the pandemic, said HTA.
We reported on Kauai’s rental car shortage in this post, and listed several alternatives. The HTA list adds more alternatives, including several public transportation options. However, one reported option was left off the list. HTA specifically stated that it does not condone visitors renting moving trucks and vans as reported by news outlets (though that does remain an option).
In addition to the list of alternatives, HTA has also announced that it is supporting Kauai County’s development of a pilot shuttle program between Lihue Airport and resort areas, which is anticipated to start in July. An HTA spokesperson said HTA is providing $100,000 for Kauai’s shuttle efforts.
“Instead of renting a vehicle, please see the following list of alternate transportation options you may want to consider while in Hawaii. Please keep in mind that your wait time may be longer than expected in some instances.
In addition, some hotels and resorts provide transportation to major points of interest. There are also many reputable tour operators that offer designated hotel pick-up and drop-off options. Please check with your accommodations and activity providers for details.”
Kauai Alternative Transportation Options
- The Kauai Bus
- Kauai Island Shuttle
- Kauai Luxury Transportation
- Kauai Taxi Company
- Kauai Transport Service
- Polynesian Adventure (Also see Aloha Shuttle)
- Robert’s Kauai Airport Transfer Service
- SpeediShuttle Kauai Airport Shuttle
- Eco-eBikes Kauai
- Hele on Kauai Bike Shop
Holoholo, listed above, is a new rideshare service specifically created in response to the rental car shortage in Hawaii. Also, we’re hearing that Lyft and Uber drivers are also in short supply on Kauai. As such, you can’t necessarily depend on a Lyft or Uber ride on Kauai as you can in major mainland cities.
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