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Rent cars in Kona, HI

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Volcanic coasts of Kona

Sun-dappled Kona

Kailua-Kona, or simply Kona, is the biggest city on The Big Island, and thanks to the mountains that block out tropical storms, the city is a famously dry, sunny paradise, even by Hawaii standards.

Hawaiian royalty once made their summer homes here, and you can still visit the wealth of historical and cultural sites in and around Kona to get a feel for the past. To really get to know the island, head out to the sparkling beaches, jungle-covered mountains, and stark volcanoes for the trademarks of a Big Island adventure.

Kona favorites

The Big Island is where beautiful scenery and culture converge, and Kona is within reach of it all.

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Huliheʻe Palace

Built out of lava rock in 1838, this unique palace of Hawaiian royalty represents the Westernized shift during the era, and showcases both European artifacts and spears from Kamehameha The Great.

Kahaluu Beach Park

Just on the outskirts of Kona, this beach is a well-known spot for snorkeling in the placid, shallow waters. It’s a sure thing that you’ll meet a sea turtle and schools of friendly fish.

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park

Learn about the history and culture of Native Hawaiians at this beachfront park, where you hike through a lava field to a black sand beach to explore tidepools and petroglyphs.

Skip the car rental counter

Hit the road

Book a car in Kona to take in the Big Island at your pace. Make easy shifts between beachsides, resorts, lush valleys, to mountaintops and volcanoes. Safe travels!

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Jeep rental alternative near Kailua-Kona Airport

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Head into the heart of the island to Mauna Loa and Kilauea, two of the world’s most active volcanoes, to watch showers of sparks fly into the ocean off the craggy coastline.

Keaukaha Beach

It’s a gorgeous drive across the island to this black sand Hilo beach, where you can swim in spring-fed pools and snorkel with sea turtles.

Waipio Valley

This verdant, historic river valley is home to Hawaii’s longest waterfall, taro farms, and a dramatic vista from the 2,000-foot cliffs. If you’re lucky, you’ll see a herd of horses strolling Waipio Black Sand Beach at the end of the hike.

Recent reviews

Kajal P.
Chevrolet Cruze 2015

Toshua was wonderful to rent from!

Kajal P.
- July 22, 2021
Jacob C.
MINI Cooper Countryman 2015

Very easy and smooth to get around Kailua-Kona!

Jacob C.
- December 9, 2021
Ruixue G.
Chevrolet Spark 2013

This car is small so it’s super easy to do street parking!

Ruixue G.
- November 27, 2021
David F.
Toyota Corolla 2021

No problems at all, only used 3 gallons of gas in 3 days driving around Kailua Kona.

David F.
- November 23, 2022
Molly K.
Kia Forte 2022

Great little car and excellent on gas which was a plus with such high gas prices atm.

Molly K.
- August 24, 2022
Oz S.
Ford Focus 2016

Excellent car, has what you need.

Oz S.
- April 26, 2022
Javier B.
Honda Civic 2014

Would recommend 100% getting this vehicle if you plan to travel around the island and save money with these gas prices!

Javier B.
- August 24, 2022
Luis F.
BMW 3 Series 2018

Flexible with my schedule change… my first experience with Turo, I’ll avoid the rental companies whenever possible!

Luis F.
- October 9, 2022
Robert H.
MINI Cooper Countryman 2016

This is a great little car; sporty yet economical - which is important with Hawaii’s gas prices.

Robert H.
- October 14, 2022
Aaron R.
MINI Hardtop 2dr 2019

We brought our Costco membership cards and saved a boatload by filling up at the Costco in Kailua-Kona.

Aaron R.
- July 30, 2021
Pamela A.
Kia Forte 2019

The car was clean and drove great!

Pamela A.
- December 5, 2022
Bri O.
BMW Z4 2016

Charles was really accommodating and professional, I appreciated his attitude throughout the rental process and the car was great!

Bri O.
- November 13, 2022
Collin C.
Hyundai Accent 2006

We had a great time touring the island in Sheena’s car.

Collin C.
- August 26, 2021
Michael M.
Kia Rio 2021

accommodated me for a great price for what i got. car was immaculate. directions for contactless pickup were very clear. car was waiting for me. beats waiting 45 minutes or more for the big box rental cars.

Michael M.
- December 24, 2021
Margaret R.
Toyota Corolla 2011

We loved our time in Hawaii renting this car from Richard.

Margaret R.
- November 17, 2022
Sean A.
Toyota Corolla 2015

Even with the gas prices no more than $50.00 to fill up!!

Sean A.
- February 16, 2022
ROBERT F.
Hyundai Elantra 2015

The service was recommended to us when my wife and I were unable to locate a car rental - from any of the providers in Kona Airport area - for the Thanksgiving week.

ROBERT F.
- November 24, 2022
Amy C.
MINI Cooper Coupe 2015

Fantastic rental!

Amy C.
- July 25, 2022
Jacob S.
BMW 3 Series 2013

Great car.

Jacob S.
- December 7, 2022
Jeremy I.
Honda Insight 2020

Super nice lady accommodated to make my trip a lot easier.

Jeremy I.
- March 28, 2022
Jack K.
Hyundai Elantra 2018

Made the whole rental process painless!

Jack K.
- March 8, 2022
Daniel C.
MINI Cooper 2016

Great option to drive around Kona!

Daniel C.
- August 28, 2022
Ceilidh H.
MINI Cooper Countryman 2015

Great little car for cruising around Kona!

Ceilidh H.
- May 15, 2022
Joan C.
Kia K5 2022

Great trip in Kona with Sany Lyn’s Kia.

Joan C.
- November 10, 2022
Jesse D.
Porsche 718 Cayman 2018

Great car, lots of fun and was clean and well prepped for our couple of days exploring the island.

Jesse D.
- December 5, 2021
Tracy B.
Hyundai Accent 2022

He went above and beyond making trip special with a small cooler plus waters.

Tracy B.
- December 7, 2022
Monica R.
Kia Forte 2022

Very happy with my rental.

Monica R.
- September 5, 2022
Jacob C.
Toyota Corolla 2014

Very convenient better than calling a Uber to and from the rental address by far the 15 dollar parking fee is way less than the cost of 2 Uber trips

Jacob C.
- August 23, 2022
Allana M.
Honda Civic 2016

Very clean car, great price, great communication from the owner.

Allana M.
- July 29, 2022
Priscilla R.
Kia Rio 2021

Great Car on gas!

Priscilla R.
- July 26, 2021
Federico C.
Toyota Corolla 2021

Clean car.

Federico C.
- June 9, 2022
Jai L.
Honda Crosstour 2015

Awesome car at a great price!

Jai L.
- September 12, 2021
Marcell P.
Kia Forte 2021

It was Easy to find the car based on instructions at the Kona airport.

Marcell P.
- November 22, 2022
Joseph E.
Kia Forte 2021

It was so much easier than dealing with a car rental agency.

Joseph E.
- June 29, 2021
Christopher C.
Kia Rio 2022

Great car for a great price.

Christopher C.
- September 22, 2022
Ethan C.
Nissan Sentra 2021

Very clean, well maintained car and much more affordable than traditional rental cars.

Ethan C.
- December 2, 2021
Ross H.
Nissan Z 2023

Excellent car.

Ross H.
- December 3, 2022
Nicole D.
Kia Optima 2015

Fast response time and she went above and beyond to help us out when our car rental service kept moving our reservation and then canceling it.

Nicole D.
- April 28, 2022
Cristhian S.
Hyundai Elantra 2021

Brian was great car was brand new.

Cristhian S.
- June 29, 2021
Ben G.
Hyundai Accent 2022

Car is great.

Ben G.
- May 22, 2022
Rich G.
Nissan Versa 2010

Katy's Nissan was clean and took us all over the Island of Kona safely.

Rich G.
- July 24, 2022
Adam P.
Kia Optima 2019

The car was in excellent condition making transportation the last think on my mind during my stay in Kona

Adam P.
- October 2, 2022
Gary L.
Kia Rio 2021

Ronald was easy to deal with.

Gary L.
- January 1, 2022
Helen D.
Kia Forte 2022

This has been the best car rental experience EVER.

Helen D.
- September 9, 2022
George R.
Mercedes-Benz 240D 1979

Marc was great, super easy to deal with, car was perfect for cruising Kona!

George R.
- February 28, 2022
Susanne B.
Kia Optima 2019

I had my 60th birthday celebration in Kona with 5 of my besties who flew over from Australia & California so we needed a 2nd car.

Susanne B.
- November 26, 2022
Cosie G.
Hyundai Accent 2006

The car is not a Ferrari, but that doesn´t matter, it drives, and does whatever a car need to do.

Cosie G.
- October 15, 2022
Leif S.
Kia Forte 2021

The car was immaculately clean and great to drive.

Leif S.
- February 25, 2022

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Best Kona driving roads

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Chain of Craters Road

Take this route at the Hawaii Volcano National Park in your Kona car rental alternative for glimpses of fresh lava flow, petroglyph sites, and the dramatic 4,000-foot drop from crater to coast.

Kalapana-Kapoho Road

Take Highway 137 in your Kona car rental alternative through tunnels of trees just off the Puna coast until Isaac Hale Beach Park, where the road was cut off by lava flow.

South Kona Coffee Loop

Head south in your Kona car rental alternative to pick up Highway 160 in Captain Cook and ribbon your way through the lush green forests where farmers grow coffee. Catch Highway 11 back up to town.

Frequently asked questions in Kona