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    Rent an Exotic Car or Motorcycle in Maui

    by dlytle Written Apr 19, 2003

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    Many of the tourists that come to Maui decide to rent cars in order to have the mobility necessary to see the fabulous beaches and sites that Maui is justifiably proud to contain. Some of these car renters are conservative enough that just renting a convertible from a well-known car rental agency is being very liberal and pushing their envelope. For others, they wish they had more exciting alternatives – well, they do!

    In Maui it is possible to rent exotic vehicles to make the stay of an adventurous tourist even more enjoyable. A number of these places can be found off of highway 30 around Lahaina as well as in Lahaina town itself. Vehicles such as Harley Davidsons (big and small), many other motorcycle models, Viper, Prowler, Corvette, roadsters and other exotic cars. To check availability use internet searches with words like “Lahaina, harley, corvette, exotic” etc.

    Downtown Lahaina Exotic Rental Car Lot
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    Gasoline is pricey in Maui

    by dlytle Written Apr 17, 2003

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    Being from Georgia, USA (with the lowest gasoline prices in the United States) I found the gasoline prices in Maui to be expensive.

    Near Atlanta I was paying about $1.40 USD per gallon of gasoline just before I left for Hawaii. When I went to fill up my rental car's gas tank I looked at a number of stations before finally stopping at one of them. For the most part, at least in the Lahaina to airport area, regular gasoline was going right around $2.26 to $2.28 USD per gallon.

    Maui Gas Prices in April 2003
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    Lahaina, Maui Public Transit Bus

    by dlytle Written Apr 15, 2003

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    Maui residents and visitors are welcomed to use the Holo Ka’a Public Transit System! These white buses are convenient, economical, clean, dependable and AIR-CONDITIONED!

    On West Maui, convenient stops are made along the way from Kapalua - Napili - Kahana - Honokowai Kaanapali - Lahaina Center - Lahaina Town to Maalaea Harbor!
    Over on South Maui the transit system makes stops along the way from Wailea - Kihei - Maalaea Harbor! Between Kaanapali and Lahina, for example, the bus fare is only US$ 1.00 per person.

    And connecting transit service is now available between South, West and Central Maui.

    The White Resort Bus
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    Kaanapali's Free Green Trolley Shuttle Bus

    by dlytle Written Apr 15, 2003

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    The Kaanapali Trolley Shuttle runs between the beach resorts at Kaanapali to-from Lahaina between 9 AM and 11 PM and stops automatically at all hotels and at condos when requested.

    And the best thing about these green trolley’s are that they are free of charge.

    All Kaanapali hotels have copies of schedules, or you can call the Kaanapali Operation Association (PHONE: 808/661-7370).

    I just wish I had a picture to share with you of these cute trolleys but I didn't get one.

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    Maui Hawaii - Rental Cars and Convertibles

    by dlytle Updated Apr 15, 2003

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    There are usually deals to be had for a rental car in Maui. My wife and I rented a convertible at Maui's Kahului Airport upon our arrival. A convertible is really an excellent way to see the sights on this beautiful island.

    Our first convertible (a Pontiac Firebird) had almost no trunk space and drove so poorly (a wobbly frontend) on our trip to Hana that we turned it back in to get a better car. I have to say that I would never rent a Firebird convertible again as it was not a comfortable or reliable ride.

    Our second convertible (a Sebring) was much better. It looked better, it drove better and it had much more trunk space. Unfortunately, it developed a flat tire while we were driving near the airport so we turned it in and got another just like it to finish out our trip.

    Many other car models from sedans to jeeps are available to you for rent - but consider a convertible and I think you'll be glad you did!

    Maui Hawaii's airport rental car area
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    Maui Hawaii's Kahului Airport Baggage Claim

    by dlytle Written Apr 15, 2003

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    Baggage claim can be a very busy place in Maui.

    I would advise getting one of the hand carts to help with your luggage. The planners created rather long carousels which allow a lot of people to gather around them without being overly crowded. However, as always, people still crowd the end of the baggage carousel nearest the exits.

    Ground transportation is right outside the baggage claim area doorways only a few yards from where you pick up your bags but the rental car companies are a bit of a hike away.l

    Baggage Claim area at  Kahului Airport in Maui
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    Airplane from Oahu to Maui, with Aloha Island Air.

    by Waalewiener Written Apr 3, 2003

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    Aloha Airlines provides a good service
    between Islands We took a flight from Oahu to Maui, short 35 minute flight with a great view at both Oahu and Maui.
    It was a comfortable flight in a good size Jet
    The Airport ticket location is H.N.L
    Honolulu International Airport.
    Hours 4.15 a.m - 7.00 pm.

    Aloha Inter Island Flights
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    Flying into the Maui

    by seamandrew Written Mar 31, 2003

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    Flying into Maui is based mostly out of Kahului Airport (OGG) in the town of Kahului. Airlines like United, American, Delta, Air Canada and several others operate daily flights to this location. There are two other airports (Kapalua and Hana) which are used mostly by small charter planes and the local Hawaiian airlines. I recommend Kahului because the car rental locations are just a short shuttle trip away. I don't know of any direct flights from the east coast but there are direct flights to Kahului from cities like San Fransisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Denver, and Houston. Remember to book early for the best deals! Always fly the friendly skies!

    Kahului Airport as seen from the sky.

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    Rental Cars

    by seamandrew Written Mar 31, 2003

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    Your requirements for a car will be based solely on what is on your agenda during your trip. If you plan on staying by the resorts and not visiting any of the sites on the east side of the island, or in the northwest part, then I highly recommend getting a car with a convertible top. The weather in Maui is delightful and the "soft" top is a big plus!

    If your trip will include locations like the Pools of 'Ohe'o or the area up by the blowhole then I strongly recommend you get a 4 x 4 vehicle.

    To have the best of both worlds, try what Elisabeth and I did. We followed a recommendation we received prior to our trip and now we pass it along to you. Ask for a Jeep Wrangler with convertible top. It was awesome. Not only did we have the versatility and dependability of 4 x 4 drive in those precarious situations, but we also got to enjoy the great Maui weather. It is a bit tedious to bring the top down and back up again, but well worth the hassle.

    We rented with Hertz. We got a great deal too. I recommend reserving a mid-size car and when you arrive at the counter, ask for an upgrade there. They usually offer you a cheaper rate for the car upgrade. We paid about $360 for 5 days for the Jeep Wrangler. The guy before us (who incidentally left his receipt in the glove compartment of the vehicle) paid $720 for 5 days. I'm telling you this pays off!

    Have fun and try not to let the very low speed limit make you go crazy. Just remember you're on the island to relax and you have all day to do just that!

    Jeep Wrangler: Perfect ride for Maui.
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    No Bus to Paradise

    by methos_6 Written Dec 2, 2002

    Yes, that's right campers, to properly see Maui you need a rental car. I would suggest renting a jeep and putting the top down or a convertible, b/c the last thing you want is a roof over your head when all that beautiful scenery and sunshine go passing by!

    Maui Beach

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  • Driving is no problem!

    by firsttime Updated Nov 5, 2002

    We rented a convertible. Not a great deal of room for luggage but it sure is nice driving around. It was great on the day trip to Hana. Almost all roads are one lane each way. Most locals drive fast but won't cut you off or honk. Gas is a little higher than home. Don't run too low as there are not stations everywhere. No problem getting around. Only a few main roads clearly marked. The road to Hana was no problem as long as your not in a hurry.

    On the road to Hana

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    Of course you have to fly. We...

    by BrendaLehr Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Of course you have to fly. We flew Aloha Air and it was a fine flight.
    When your there car rental is best and many of the hotels have shuttles to take you to the airport and other activities. One of our party rented a Harley and had an enjoyable time touring on it for the day.

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    Polynesian Adventure Tours

    by LoriPori Written Mar 10, 2005

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    We were picked up at the airport by the POLYNESIAN ADVENTURE TOURS bus. We were taken to a spot where our guide for the day "Merle the Pearl" was waiting for us.

    Polynesian Bus
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    Flying into Kahului Airport (Maui)

    by BLewJay Written Apr 21, 2003

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    The airport is located on the northern edge of the land bridge between Haleakala and the West Maui Mountain Range on the island of Maui.

    We have arrived!!!
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    Nice comfortable flight with Aloha Airlines.

    by Waalewiener Updated Apr 3, 2003

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    This picture taken through the window
    on flight from Oahu to Maui.
    Very nice very comfortable Flight.

    Aloha Airlines Plane.
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  • May 1, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    My experience with Alamo on Maui was not so pleasant. The car was infested with ants and we had to take it back to the airport as they had closed all the offices on our side of the island. The car was so low to the ground that the bumper scraped on the parking curbs. When we returned the car for an antless model the attendant immediately picked up on the damage to the underside of the bumper and we got a bill for $800 for repairs. I wrote the company to complain and never heard back. Plenty of nasty-grams for collection tho. Finally paid them when they threatened to take us to a collection agency.

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