Thanks for the well written article . I’ll be Sharing on a few tourism related websites.
I have NO faith in Hawaii dept of health to respond appropriately. The success with dengue was in spite of a delayed response.
Rat lungworm disease, a brain-invading parasite that humans contract through slugs and snails, has been making national and international news lately as a number of recent cases have been reported in Hawaii. Some of the news articles carry a tone as if rat lungworm is a new thing to Hawaii; like it snuck up on us and caught everyone here by surprise.
It may be new to Maui, but it has been here on the Big Island since around 2004, mostly in the island’s southeastern district of Puna. Here in Puna, everyone seems to know someone who has suffered from rat lungworm disease. It’s been on a lot of our minds for years. Now, it’s spreading and cases of infections are increasing.
There is much criticism that the Hawaii State Department of Health has not been doing an effective job of educating people (especially tourists) about risks of rat lungworm disease…
There are many places in the world you can travel without needing a rental car to get you around. In some of these places, you can easily hop into a nearby rickshaw, tuk-tuk, jeepney, tram, or light-rail to bring you to your destination. However, the Big Island is not one of these places. Public transportation is not widespread, and taxis and Uber are expensive compared to the price of renting a car.
If you are planning to see the sites of the island, a rental car is a must! The Big Island is really a BIG island, and takes around 5 hours to drive around the island, and different attraction sites can be at a far distance from one another.
So, what kind of rental car is the best? Should you rent a 4×4?
The short answer is no. You can get by just fine with a regular economy car. A 4×4 would allow you to drive down to Green Sand Beach, Wai’pio valley, and the top of Mauna Kea, however, most rental car companies do not allow their cars to be taken on these roads, and if you get caught, can get fined heavily. You can park at the head of the trail to Green Sand Beach and hike in to the beach (around 2 miles). You can book a sunset or sunrise tour to visit the top of Mauna Kea (15k feet!). You can also hike down into Wai’pio Valley. However, 4×4’s are convenient for driving down to beaches and into little dirt road pullouts along the shore.
One thing to consider, for the more adventurous, is the possibility of renting a van and then camping out of it instead of staying in a hotel room. There are plenty of spots to car camp on the Big Island and you can shower and use the facilities at beach park restrooms. CarinHawaii.com and Rainbowcarrentals.com can rent out camping gear along with a van rental.
Reasons to book your car rental now in Hilo on Big Island Hawaii
Lowest rate offered for basic car(350-100=250)
Price match guarantee
$250 per week includes tax and fees
Additional $25 off with review(total $225)
Only 4 cars per week at this rate
Car In Hawaii Rentals
When you come to the Big Island (Kona, Pahoa and Hilo), driving a local style rental is a great start to getting you around.
Car in Hawaii provides economy car, van, and truck rentals at discount prices.
Our prices are the same for locals(kama’aina) and visitors.
Call for a special van rate
Hilo or Kona side (Kona has extra $150 fee for delivery)
Call or text 808-936-6347.
To reserve a rental vehicle, payment is due in full. You agree to pay for the rental vehicle in advance. Our prices reflect that we have some older vehicles and some nonessential features may be inoperable. A/C and radio and all essentials do work.
Refunds: We will reserve a vehicle for you which means we are unable to rent it to someone else. Therefore it maybe NON-REFUNDABLE. There are generally no refunds for early returns.
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After you return car rental complete an online review and share on any social media. Upon rental return call for more details.
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Renting a Car In Hawaii is crucial. Even though it is possible to make your way around Hawaii’s Big Island with public transport(Heleon), it’s more efficient and convenient to rent a car. More than 80% of visitors who come to the Big Island, rent a car during their stay.
The best way to find a good deal on a Hawaiian car rental is to book early with a local rental Company in Kona or Hilo. http://www.CarInHawaii.com
Choosing what kind of car to rent – and from what company – is not always straightforward. If you are traveling with a larger group, you might want to consider renting a minivan. If you want to do some heavy-duty exploring and want to go off the beaten track , a 4WD car can be a good option. Or are you just looking for the best price.
Its good to spend your money with a smaller company. Keep in mind national car rental companies located at international airports (ITO – Hilo and KOA – Kona) on the Big Island are usually very expensive. Airport location fees are expensive. Often people may book with a national company only to arrive and find that there is a problem. Often times the company will over book or when you arrive there is a problem with your drivers license or credit card or age.
Find the best deals for Big Island rental cars
The price of a rental car depends on many factors, the most important of which are availability and the time left until picking up the car. As for timing, you should keep the “usual suspect” in the back of your head when planning your trip. This means e.g. that you should book (very) early if you are going to be on the Big Island during popular events such as the Ironman triathlon or the Merry Monarch Festival. Christmas is also a notorious period if it comes to renting a car.
We recommend the following strategies to get the best price:
The best way to find a good deal on a Hawaiian car rental if you book beforehand is to look for the local rental agencies. Besides, why not go local? if you are willing to be flexible about the exact details of the make and model, you can find good rates.
www.CarInHawaii.com offers discount rates on car rentals on the Big Island in both Kona and Hilo.
It is important to have an early booking so that you don’t find yourself without a car on Hawaii.
If you are staying for more than 30 days and want to rent a car on the west side (Waikoloa and Kona) of the Big Island, have a look at Big Island rent-a-car. These guys rent out more ‘used’ cars and have great prices on longer term rentals. As an added bonus, your car will look like a local car.
Most rental agencies do not allow you to take your car onto the really rough roads of Hawaii. In the case of a Hawaiian vacation, this is relevant if you want to go stargazing (the road to the summit of Mauna Kea between the Onizuka Center for International Astronomy and the telescopes on the summit is off limits)
On a final note, because Hawaii is an island state, there is a limited supply of rental vehicles on the Big Island. Special events such as holidays, the ironman marathon or the merry monarch festival frequently take up all available cars. Call ahead or make an early reservation if you don’t want to be unpleasantly surprised upon arrival.
Because Hawaii is an island state, there is a limited supply of rental vehicles on the Big Island. Special events frequently take up all available cars.