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Hawaii Transportation – How to Get Around The Islands


Hawaii Transportation Collage: Taxi by Mike Kryzywonski /Photo Resource Hawaii




Once you’re in Hawaii, getting around each island—and from island to island—is easy! Here’s an overview of your many options for Hawaii transportation.



Hop around Hawaii via one of our regional commercial airlines, each offering frequent daily flights to any of the four main islands (Oahu, Maui, Hawaii and Kauai) or all six islands (Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Hawaii and Kauai). Daytrips to the Neighbor Islands are also possible via chartered plane and helicopter tour service. Lanai, Maui and Molokai are connected to each other via limited ferry service as well.


Hawaii has a total of 10 commercial airports, from the three-terminal Honolulu International Airport to the wee landing strip that comprises Hana Airport. Below is a list of all airports and their official Web sites. Airports tagged with airport codes offer Mainland and international flights; all others are served exclusively via local interisland carriers.

  • Hawaii  Kona International Airport (KOA)
  • Hawaii – Hilo International Airport (ITO)
  • Kauai  – Lihue Airport (LIH)
  • Maui – Kahului Airport (OGG)
  • Maui  Kapalua/West Maui Airport
  • Maui – Hana Airport:
  • Molokai  Molokai Airport
  • Molokai  Kalaupapa Airport
  • Lanai  Lanai Airport
  • Oahu  Honolulu International Airport (HNL)


Rental Cars

All major national rental car companies operate on Oahu, Maui, Hawaii and Kauai. On Oahu, most offer pickup locations in Waikiki as well as at the airport. Expect to pay between $15 and $40 per 24-hour period to park in Waikiki. On Molokai, rent a car or truck from Alamo. On Lanai, an island with few paved roads, you’ll need to book a four-wheel-drive Jeep with Dollar.

Alamo Car Rental
Dollar Rent A Car

Taxis, Shuttles and Limos

All the Hawaiian islands offer transportation via taxis and shuttles, although services are limited on Molokai and Lanai. Limos are plentiful on Oahu in particular. In advance of your arrival on any island, check with your hotel to see if it offers shuttle service to and from the airport.

Public Buses

Oahu has well-established, islandwide public bus service. TheBus is an award-winning fleet of air-conditioned, clean buses that stop at every major attraction and beach, as well as many other destinations. As of 2012, rates vary from free for kids 5 and under to $2.50 for adults. A monthly pass is available for $60, although visitors qualify to purchase a special four-day pass for just $25. Full details and bus schedules are available online.

Islandwide public bus service is also available on Maui (Maui Bus), the island of Hawaii (Hele-On Bus) and Kauai (The Kauai Bus), although each is much more limited in scope and frequency than on Oahu. Information for all services is available online.

Trolley Service

In Honolulu, pick up a pass for the open-air Waikiki Trolley, with three lines of service to popular visitor destinations across the city. Choose from one-day, four-day and seven-day passes, each with unlimited on/off privileges and attraction discounts.

Tour Companies

Oahu, Maui, Hawaii and Kauai offer a variety of hosted tours, from private limo to large-group bus tours. Tours can include a mix of activities rolled into a one-day adventure, such as kayaking, hiking or mountain biking; offer a “big-picture” experience with stops at major island sights; or focus on a specific experience, such as Pearl Harbor. On Molokai and Lanai, private tours are the way to go.

Getting Around Waikiki

To get around Waikiki, you can bicycle, moped or ride the Waikiki Trolley or public bus. Bikes and mopeds are available for rent seemingly on every corner, and several hotels even loan bikes to guests. But the easiest way to get around Waikiki is on foot; most of the neighborhood’s attractions are conveniently clustered within a 1-mile stretch along the beach.






Play It Safe


Oahu-Best Island


North Shore


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  5. Myrna Hostetler

    What would be the best way to travel from the cruise ship port to the Dole Plantation? Does “The Bus” go that route? Thanks

  6. Brett Uprichard

    Yes, The Bus would be the least expensive form of transportation, although we personally would prefer the freedom of a rental car.


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