Airport code for location pick-up/drop-off is listed in parenthesis.
Kauai is a small airport & there is a 2 minute shuttle to the Rental Car lot, or walk-able in about 5 minutes
Return date/time: Wednesday 12 August at in the evening 7:30-9:30pm, depending on athlete finish time.
Honolulu is a large international airport. There is usually a wait for the shuttle, then a 10 minute ride to the Rental Car lot, checkout, and a drive back to baggage claim. Expect the whole process to take 45-60 minutes, occasionally will get lucky with only half hour if you’re setup as a preferred renter with the rental car agency.
Most teams will send their driver over on an earlier flight.
Pick-up date/time: Wednesday 12 August at 6:30 pm
Return date/time: Friday 14 Aug at 6:00 am
Maui is a larger airport (not nearly as big as Honolulu though). There is often a short wait for the train, then a 5 minute ride to the Rental Car lot. Alternately, it’s about a 7-10 minute walk.
To help expedite the process when fatigue is really setting in, this is a great island to rent from a place that has “skip the counter” checkout for members – i.e. Avis Preferred, Hertz Gold, Dollar Express Rewards etc.
Pick-up date/time: Friday 14 August at 7:30 am
Return date/time: Saturday 15 August at 9:00 am
Molokai is a tiny airport and there is only one rental car company (Alamo) that carries minivans. There is typically only 1-2 people working at the counter so checkouts can take some time. Minivans can sell out so be sure to reserve early.
Pick-up date/time: Saturday 15 August at 1:00 pm
Return date/time: Tuesday 18 August at 7:00 am
Hilo is a small airport & the rental car offices are located on the ground level across the street opposite the terminal.
Pick-up date/time: Tuesday 18 August at 8:30am (estimate)
Return: Make sure you select KOA for the return location since we will be on the other side of the island
Cars should be reserved in the driver’s name, not the athlete. Kauai may be an exception with the early arrival. The athlete should be resting and conserving any and all energy, while the driver picks up the car.
Due to the nature of the event, we do not recommend pre-payment.
Costco Travel – Often the best rates though membership is required
Alamo – sign up for their Insiders Club (free) for a 5% discount [NOTE: Alamo is the only rental car company on Molokai]
Priceline – We often find that Priceline has the best rates around. They operate like a normal rental car reservation & bidding is not required.
AutoSlash – Once you have made your reservations, we recommend registering them with AutoSlash, a service that will continuously check rates & let you know if prices drop so you can get a better rate. NOTE: This service will not work if you have pre-paid and unable to cancel/change your reservation.
Some car rental agencies (such as Avis), have programs (i.e. Avis Preferred) where your credit card number is on file in advance. This makes for an expedited rental car check out as often you can bypass the typical line and go straight to the preferred counter. A nice time-saver. Be sure to check if your car rental car companies offer this.