Car Rentals at Kona Airport

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Kona (KOA) Airport Car Rentals

Kona International Airport (KOA) is located at Keahole, about seven miles northwest of Kailua-Kona. This airport services international, domestic overseas and inter-island flights, as well as commuter/air taxi and general aviation flights. All of the car rental agencies for this airport are located right on airport grounds and are accessible by taking the car rental shuttles to their locations.

Officially called Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport, this airport consists of little open air terminals. Much of the runway system which consists of one 11,000 foot runway is built on top of a relatively recent lava flow and is the second longest runway in the Hawaiian Islands. Near the airport is the Natural Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NEHLA), and the aquaculture ponds and solar energy experiments can be seen during takeoff and landing. There is no public transportation system in the Kona area, making rental cars the best option.

What's available at Kona International Airport (KOA)?

Most travelers to the Big Island tend to stay on the west side, and this is where the larger airport is located. Duty Free shops, restaurants, banking services, and specialty shopping are all available at this KOA Airport location. There are some International and overseas flights arriving here, and many interisland flights bringing international travelers into Kona via Oahu.

KOA car rental companies are located right at the airport, a short shuttle ride away, and are easily accessible, making renting a car in Hawaii very easy and convenient.

KOA has an open-air pavilion design, and is home to the Ellison S Onizuka Space Center, located near baggage claim. This little gem is dedicated to Kona native and first Asian American in space, Ellison S Onizuka, who lost his life on the Space Shuttle Challenger mission, January 28, 1986. This is a great way to spend some time while waiting for your flight.

Passengers with special needs can request assistance from the porter service, where wheelchairs and other needs can be handled. All restrooms are equipped for passengers with special needs. If you have any disabilities and will need specialized equipment for your car rental on this Hawaii Island, please let us know well in advance so we can arrange installation and make sure your Kona rental car is waiting when you arrive. Some car companies carry more specialized equipment and we are able to make those arrangements for you.

Kona International Airport Information

73-200 Kupipi Street Kailua-Kona, HI 96740-2645
(808) 327-9520

Kona (KOA) 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


Is a car rental for Kona Hawaii Airport necessary?

Yes, as there is no local transportation system, you will either need to use a taxi or other shuttle service. A Big Island car rental may be the best option.

What types of cars are available for my Kona airport car rental experience?

There is no need to rent a special vehicle here. Any rental car will get you where you want to go, except to the top of Mauna Kea, and no car company will allow you to drive that far up the mountain. Choose your best Hawaii car rental option by fitting in your “must have” options based on numbers and sizes of passengers and luggage. Look for the best priced vehicles for your passengers, including extra drivers, where required, and best young driver rates for 20-24 year olds.

How can I get a cheap car rental at Kona Airport?

We always recommend you book your first vehicle as soon as you get your airline tickets booked. Even if your trip is many months away, it is best to lock in a car rental while the supply is abundant for your dates and times. You can always come back to our website and re-check prices and book better options if they come available (and yes, sometimes they do!). It is free to book and free to cancel any reservation with us, and this is the best way to make sure you reserve the best car rental for your needs.