Lahaina Car Rentals
LAHAINA - A HISTORIC WHALING VILLAGE
Lahaina, once known as Lele, or “restless sun”, is a town steeped in history. Once the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom in the early nineteenth century, Lahaina was known as a whaling village during the whaling boom in the mid 1800’s, with up to 1500 sailors and 400 or more ships working the whaling trade at that time, including Herman Melville, who wrote about the era in his classic novel Moby Dick.
Nestled between the coast and West Maui Mountains, Lahaina is the gateway to Kapalua and the Kaanapali beach resorts, Lahaina is a 45 minute drive from the Kahului Airport.
Today, Lahaina is a popular spot on Maui, with dozens of art galleries, unique shipping experiences and well-known restaurants. The sunny climate and oceanfront setting provides the perfect backdrop for activities and entertainment that can be easily accessed in your Lahania rental car.
Cool down under one of the largest banyan trees in the United States – imported from India in 1873, this sprawling tree was planted in front of the Lahaina courthouse, and now stands more than 60 feet high, and spread out across an entire city block.
A trip to Maui usually involves at least one day trip into Lahaina to explore the culture and sights, and often more than one day will be needed to add some adventure, possibly take in a whale watching tour from the harbour during the winter months, or plan for a Luau, or a walking tour. The channel off the coast of Lahaina is one of the pest places in the world to spot humpback whales.
Lahaina, Hawaii, USA
CHOOSING A CAR RENTAL IN LAHAINA, MAUI
Most visitors to Maui will pick up their vehicle at the airport in Kahului and use it for the entire time they are visiting the Island of Maui. This is by far the most popular option, as you will be guaranteed transportation right front the moment you arrive, and you will save both time and money having your own vehicle for exploring Lahaina and the rest of Maui.
Car rentals can be picked up at various Lahaina car rental locations for those that fly into Kapalua Airport on the West Side, or arrive by Cruise Ship to the Lahaina Harbor and need a one day rental to tour around Maui. Maui is very spread out, and a car rental in Lahaina is required to visit the many areas around the West Side of Maui.
Although there are taxis, and some rideshare options, these can become cost prohibitive very quickly.
Lahaina car rental facilities are located closer to the Kapalua Airport, in the Kaanapali area, to service travelers arriving at the Kapalua (JHM) Airport. Some of these Lahaina car rental companies have shuttles that can pick you up from your accommodations and take you to the Lahaina car rental locations.
Monitor our website for the best options for cheap car rentals in Lahaina Maui, or get in touch by phone or email and our staff can help you with the best choices for your trip.
Over 2 million visitors per year
Population of over 11,000 residents
Capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom from 1820 to 1845
Front Street is ranked one of the “Top Ten Greatest Streets” by the American Planning Association
Gets an average of 13 inches of rain per year, mostly from December to February
THINGS TO DO IN LAHAINA
Whale Watching Tours – One of the most amazing adventures in Marine Life. The North Pacific Humpback Whales visit this area every winter, with the highest numbers from January to March. These majestic whales migrate to Hawaii to breed and birth their baby calves.
Lahaina’s Historic Sites – Lahaina is full of Hawaiian history, being the first capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, as well as a sea trading port, old whaling destination and home to the first Christian missionaries and Western born settlers. There is so much to discover about the history of the area.
Parasailing- one of the most unique ocean adventures you can experience in West Maui, these activities are only allowed to operate from May to December to avoid the annual migration of the Humpback whales. Guests are strapped into a harness, legs dangling, and fly at heights ranging between 25 and 50 stories high. Exhilarating!
CAR RENTALS IN LAHAINA FAQs
Can you drive around Lahaina in a day?
Lahaina can easily be navigated in one day - with time left over to explore the Kaanapali area, and surrounding shoreline. You will want to make stops, to visit beaches, shop, enjoy the local cuisine, and take photographs, so allow time for exploring.
Should I book my Lahaina rental car before arriving?
To get the best Lahaina car rental deals we recommend booking your rental car in Lahaina as soon as you have your flight plans arranged. Check back with our website periodically to check for lower rates. If you see a better rate, rebook and cancel your original booking, as this does not cost money, and can save you money if prices go down. If they go up, you are already booked at the lowest price.
Why should I book my Lahaina rental car through Discount Hawaii Car Rental?
Discount Hawaii Car Rental has discounted rates with the major car rental companies in Hawaii, as well as benefits that are not always available directly with the car company or other suppliers. Benefits include up to two free additional drivers in some cases, which can save quite a bit of money if you have multiple people in your party wanting to drive. We also have reduced young driver rates with some car rental companies, allowing renters 20 to 24 years of age to drive with a reduced young driver fee.
Our customer service staff are well-versed on how to help you save money, and can answer any questions you may have about your car rental in Lahaina, such as options for pick-up locations, check in and drop off inquiries, and more.