Hanalei Car Rentals

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Hanalei, HI

32 miles from Lihue airport to Hanalei, takes just under an hour to drive
Hanalei can receive 85 inches of rain each year, with December the wettest
Hanalei pier was built in 1892 and featured in the movie South Pacific
Referenced in Puff the Magic Dragon – released in 1963 by Peter, Paul & Mary


Getting a car rental for Hanalei is recommended. There are taxis, shuttles and public bus transportation available on Kauai, but those are limited and won’t give you the freedom to explore once you arrive. We can help you find a vehicle which meets your needs perfectly. If you’re landing at Lihue airport, it will be ready for pick up upon arrival.

Kauai is a round island, however the main highway only goes from the South (Waimea) to the North (Hanalei), the West side of Kauai is inaccessible due to the Na Pali coastline. Always give yourself plenty of time to cross the island, as traffic can get busy early morning and late afternoon.


There really is heaven on earth and it’s Hanalei, Kauai. Located on the North shore, Hanalei may be the most picturesque little town, with a ‘hidden away’ feeling, a real life paradise. The town of Hanalei lies between a spectacular mountain range and the Pacific ocean, where the ribbons of cliffs and abundance of waterfalls make every view spectacular.

The bay of Hanalei is the largest bay on Kauai and with 2 miles of shoreline, you will always find a great spot on the sand. The outdoor lifestyle is what everyone lives here and there are plenty of options to choose from. The summer months bring calmer waters and the winter months bring the ever wanted breaks that surfers search for.


Ching Young Shopping Center

is Hanalei’s main business area. It has art galleries full of native wood carvings, paintings, sculptures and jewelry. The variety of stores range from surf shops to tattoo parlors. With clothing and gift shops, as well as groceries and restaurants, you will always find customers and staff here to talk story with.

Farmers market

Get there early for the best local products before they sell out, open every Saturday morning from 9:30AM to 11:30AM .Pick up some raw honey, tropical fruit, while you drink freshly opened coconut water.

Limahuli National Tropical Botanical Gardens

One of the best natural gardens in the USA. The lush Hanalei valley is surrounded by Makana Mountain and the Pacific Ocean. Take a tour of the 17 acres to see a vast variety of tropical plants and taro fields grown between lava rock.

Car Rentals in Hanalei FAQs

What is the cheapest way to rent a car in Hanalei?

The best rates are often found farther out from your arrival date. Book your car rental for Hanalei as soon as your flights have been confirmed. Canceling and rebooking is always free. If rates go lower, you can easily rebook on our website, and cancel the existing reservation.

Should I book my Hanalei rental car before arriving?

Book the car rental after you book your flight. You are then guaranteed a vehicle upon arrival. If you book early you secure a rate, then monitor rates until your travel date and re-book if the rental rates go lower, no penalty to cancel.

Why should I book my Hanalei car rental through Discount Hawaii Car Rental?

We have very competitive rental rates with a major car rental company located at the Lihue Airport. We offer benefits that can include a free extra driver. Our great staff are available to answer your questions, and help you pick out the right Hanalei car for your needs.