Car Rentals at Kauai Airport

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LIHUE Airport Car Rentals

Perched off the Southeast shore of Kauai you’ll find the solo International Airport of Lihue(LIH) built in 1950. Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and Westjet offer either direct or connecting flights carrying approximately 8000 passengers daily into this airport location’s 900 acre property.

This compact single building terminal which is named Kawakami hosts 2 runways and 10 Gates but caters to domestic, overseas carriers, commuter/air taxi, cargo and Helicopter services alike. Access to the airport is provided by Ahukini Road, which extends from the Kapule Highway. The passenger terminal is located just over 1 mile east of the town of Lihue and is served by a one-way loop roundabout branching off Ahukini Road.

Additional facilities are served directly by Ahukini Road itself. To claim your car rental in Kauai Hawaii Airport, proceed from the baggage claim area to the labelled rental car locations across the street from the terminal. Pick up and drop off shuttle buses for all car rental companies are behind each company booth.

What's available at Lihue International Airport (LIH)?

Lihue International Airport offers various food and drink possibilities along with a Marketplace for more personal items for Canadian guests to enjoy. Delicious handheld and Island style plate lunches can be found at either of the two Cafes located inside the terminal. Those with a more substantial hunger may choose to take time exploring the menu items and various flavours that local breweries have crafted between the two Lounge and Bar options onsite. A Marketplace offers trending apparel, souvenirs as well as snacks and beverages. ATMs and information kiosks are available.

If upon arrival to the Hawaiian Islands your friend greets you with a fresh Lei chances are it was purchased at the onsite flower shop. Local news and reading materials can be obtained at the Newstand for any relaxing or downtime hours you may have. Free wifi will give you a chance to get updated with social media, look up driving directions or to notify a friend or family that you have arrived safely.

The Lihue Airport consists of a single level terminal with all passenger accommodations conveniently provided on the same level without the need for elevators and escalators easing access for Canadian guests with disabilities. For those that require assistance porter services are available. Automated External Defibrillators(AED) are installed and volunteers have been trained how to respond to a cardiac emergency, perform CPR, and how to use the AEDs. Washrooms are wheelchair accessible.


Kauai is a popular choice for Canadians travelling to Hawaii for vacation. Although not all cities in Canada have direct flights into Kauai, there are more and more choices coming available.

Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

Vancouver has the most direct flights to the Islands, so you are more likely to find the flight you desire from this location.

Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)

May have some flights during peak season that fly directly into Kauai, but if you can not find a direct flight, you might be able to fly into another Island, and then do an inter-island transfer.

Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL)

Montreal has few direct flights, so you might be best to search for a direct flight to another island, and then take an inter-island flight to Kauai. Or, fly into another city that has a direct flight to LIH Airport.

Ottawa McDonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW)

You will have to fly into another city to find a direct flight to Kauai. It is best to choose a city that has a convenient direct flight.

Calgary International Airport (YYC)

Calgary has some direct flights, so you may be able to fly directly to Kauai non-stop. Another option would be to choose another Island that has a direct flight, then take an inter-island flight to Kauai.


Canadians travelling to Kauai or any other Hawaiian Island will have to make sure they know of any current Covid restrictions in Hawaii. To be safe, and protect your family as well as the people of Hawaii, you can check this link for the most current information:

Lihue International Airport Information

3901 Mokulele Loop, Lihue, HI 96766, United States

Lihue Airport Car Rental Providers

Alamo Rent A Car
Avis Rent A Car
Budget Rent A Car
Dollar Rent A Car
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Payless Car Rental
Thrifty Car Rental


What do Canadians need to know before renting a car at Kauai Airport?

Canadians arriving at Kauai Airport will proceed by shuttle to their car rental counter. Please make sure you have your return airline ticket, current Canadian Driver’s Licence and Passport with you. If you are paying with a credit or debit card, those charges will be in USD, so prepare to have the funds translated into Canadian dollars on your next bill.

A credit card is the best option, but you can use most debit cards as long as they have a Visa or Mastercard Logo on them. There are some restrictions on what vehicles can be rented with debit cards.

Check your home car insurance policy and credit card to see what insurance coverage you may already have for your rental car in Kauai. You will want to have this information available to you before you pick up your car, or you may find yourself purchasing insurance you may not need. And always check the total on your bill before you sign at the counter in case there are charges for items showing that you do not want. Once you sign, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions.

Is a car rental at Kauai Lihue Airport necessary?

In most cases, yes, as the island of Kauai is spread out and a car is needed to travel between areas. There is a bus service, but it is not catered to tourists. Taxis get expensive for longer day trips or multiple excursions.

How can I get the best deal on a rental car at Lihue Airport terminal, Hawaii?

For LIH car rentals you will need the rental agency's confirmation number, a valid driver's license and a major credit card or debit card to claim the vehicle. If using a debit card in some cases arriving and departing flight tickets may also be required. Many renters bring a printed copy of the original confirmation email to the pick up location but that is not required.

What do I need to provide at the rental counter for the best car rental at Lihue Airport?

For LIH car rentals you will need the rental agency's confirmation number, a valid driver's license and a major credit card or debit card to claim the vehicle. If using a debit card in some cases arriving and departing flight tickets may also be required. Many renters bring a printed copy of the original confirmation email to the pick up location but that is not required.

What is the most popular vehicle rented at the Lihue airport?

That is really up to your tastes but many prefer to rent SUV class vehicles for ease of use. Entering and exiting the SUV class vehicles are simplified by the fact that the seat height lines up closer with one's natural standing height. Suvs sit a little higher than a sedan so visibility is enhanced. Passenger and luggage capacity is ample. On top of this there is good ground clearance which can help with the occasional pothole or imperfect road surfaces you may encounter. Alternative car types include economy cars, minivans, pickup trucks and jeeps.