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For over a decade, VroomVroomVroom has helped hundreds of thousands of travelers to book rental cars in Honolulu and all across the great state of Hawaii! We are the worldwide leader in car rental comparison, and every booking you make through our site -- direct with one of America's favorite & trusted rental vehicle suppliers -- is backed up by our world-class customer service.

We started VroomVroomVroom in Australia, and of course Honolulu and other cities nearby have always been some of our busiest booking locations. Did you know that Hawaii welcomes over 500,000 or visitors every month of the year? And nearly all of them hire a car to drive during their stay! That's a big part of the reason why we're so very proud to be the car rental comparison leaders for Honolulu and Hawaii!

Are you planning to enjoy the beaches and sun in Honolulu? First, find cheap rental car rates!

Honolulu is not only the capital of the state of Hawaii, it's also a vibrant center of fun, entertainment and activities! There are dozens of places in Honolulu to rent a car, and locations for Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty are convenient to most popular spots. If you've made the wise decision to compare car rental rates using VroomVroomVroom, you're probably already thinking of all the adventures you can have, or all the places you can drive to relax by the ocean and soak in the sun.

Your car rental will provide days of adventure in Honolulu!

In Honolulu, there are so many things to see and do, it's hard to know where to start!

Honolulu is spread across the southeastern shores of Oahu and includes the famous Waikiki. Between Makapuu Point and Pearl Harbor, your rental car will help you to find art, culture, shopping and historic places! Home to landmarks like Aloha Tower, the Bishop Museum, the Iolani Palace, the Hawaii Theatre, the Kawaiahao Church, the Mission Houses and the statues of King Kamehameha I and Duke Kahanamoku, Honolulu is a great place to have a rental vehicle because you can find, visit and take souvenir photos at all of these awesome and beautiful historic structures!

You'll also get to enjoy entertainment and local culture. Honolulu is full of fine dining and nightlife – enjoy the great deal you got on your Honolulu car rental when you drive over to Waikiki for dinner, or out for a drink (with your designated driver, of course) to Chinatown's underground bars!

So you're flying to Honolulu. Want to know about car rental on-site at the airport?

Located on the western end of the urban part of Honolulu, the Honolulu International Airport is a principal gateway to the state of Hawaii. Six car rental companies are conveniently available on the airport grounds, with their registration counters close to where you claim your baggage. 4 more options for renting cars are off-site but provide customers with shuttles, picking up and dropping off along the center median on the ground level outside baggage claim.

The airport is just six miles from downtown Honolulu. Your rental car will also give you easy access to the beautiful Waikiki area and its world-famous beach, about 10 miles from Honolulu International. Surfing, kayaking and sunbathing are extremely popular activities in Honolulu, as is attending a famous luau or watching hula dancers!

What about rental cars at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam?

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu

The United States Air Force also operates an airfield in Honolulu. Formerly known as Hickam Air Force Base until 2010, Hickam Field is now part of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Hickam, named after Lieutenant Colonel Horace Hickam, shares runways with Honolulu International. Hickam Field has an Enterprise car rental location at the AMC Terminal in Building 2028, serving eligible active and retired members of the Uniformed Services as well as their dependents.
Navy ships are anchored in the waters of 
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, 
Photo courtesy of Official U.S. Navy Imagery

The Honolulu Guide by VroomVroomVroom

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Where will you take your rental car for a drive in Honolulu?

Once your shoes hit the ground in Honolulu, you'll never want to leave. Fresh air and warm water attract over 7 million visitors per year for relaxation, fun and experiencing the beauty of nature. The word Honolulu means “place of shelter” or “sheltered bay” in the native Hawaiian language.

Once you're settled in, you can't help feeling refreshed, renewed and energized. Honolulu is located on Oahu, the most populated of the six Hawaiian Islands. With your rental car you may want to visit historic and cultural landmarks. There are also beaches and small towns located off the beaten path to find. You can relax and do nothing, but it's more fun to visit a volcano or watch Pacific Ocean whales!

Whatever you decide to do while you're in Honolulu, you'll be glad that your transportation is worry-free. Thanks to VroomVroomVroom and a car rental, one can relax the days away at the beach or explore all the landmarks, attractions and natural wonders of the island paradise! 

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THINGS TO DO


Bishop Museum

Address: 1525 Bernice St, Honolulu, HI 96817

If you played it smart and used VroomVroomVroom to book a cheap car rental, you might want to use it to leave the hotel or beach for awhile. You can visit the Bishop Museum and see the largest collection of Hawaiian and Pacific cultural artifacts in the world. 

Waikiki Aquarium


Or if you prefer living displays, perhaps the Honolulu Zoo or the marine biology laboratory at Waikiki Aquarium – partnered with the University of Hawaii – is right up your alley! Many visitors also adore Honolulu's spectacular botanical gardens. These include Foster Botanical Garden, Lili'uokalani Botanical Garden and the Walker Estate.

USS Arizona Memorial

History buffs and military veterans may wish to see the USS Arizona Memorial, located at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu. 

The resting place of 1102 sailors killed during the Japanese attack in 1941 is commemorated by a memorial that straddles the sunken hull of the battleship without touching it. Accessible only by boat, it is visited by more than one million people annually.

Kawaiahao Church

 Address: 957 Punchbowl St, Honolulu, HI 96813 

Your rental car can carry you to historic Kawaiahao Church – the first Christian Church on Oahu, which dates back over 170 years! Take a photo with your family or friends in front of King Kamehameha I's statue in Honolulu's downtown, then jump back in your car rental and zip over to Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and go snorkeling! Really anything's possible thanks to your rental car, and you'll have more money on hand because there are no hidden fees or charges with VroomVroomVroom!  

Aloha Tower

Address: 1 Aloha Tower Drive, Honolulu, Hawaii 

Aloha Tower honolulu.jpg A great place to start your Honolulu rental car adventure is Aloha Tower. It isn't just an amazing landmark … it's also the site of a marketplace with outdoor shopping and dining! Next, drive that car rental you picked out over the neighborhood of Kapahulu, with more unique shops and tasty local food. 

Queen Liliuokalani's home


Likewise, Hawaii's Queen Liliuokalani's home in downtown Honolulu can be visited – just call ahead to book a private tour of this residence of the last monarch of Hawaii!
 

Honolulu Museum of Art 


If you really enjoy art and architecture, head over to the Honolulu Museum of Art – the state's biggest museum for fine art. 

There you will also find Shangri La, the most architecturally famous home in Hawaii. The Bishop Museum is another great destination for you and your rental car – it houses the biggest collection of Hawaiian artifacts in the state. You can literally fill a whole day exploring the architectural beauty and history of Hawaii in Honolulu.



Iolani Palace

Next, the royal residence of Iolani Palace beckons you with its grounds and galleries open for public viewing! This impressive structure contains much of Hawaii's history as the official residence of the late King Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani. There are 3 different tours to choose from: a docent guided tour of the Palace's main rooms and upper floor is $20 for adults and $5 for children over 5 years old; a more affordable audio tour is $12; and the basement galleries and kitchen, including displays of royal jewelry and regalia, are also self-guided and only $6. 








Duke's Waikiki

car.pngAddress: 2335 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

Duke's Waikiki is the best place to dine and is right in front of Waikiki beach. This restaurant was named after Duke Paoa Kahamoku, the "Father of international surfing" who was born in 1890 in Honolulu. 

Duke won his first Olympic Gold medal at age 21, and represented the United States in the Olympics for 20 years. The restaurant menu has fresh seafood specialities and delicious sandwiches as well as tropical cocktails to cool down the hot Honolulu weather. 




 
For an afternoon pick-me-up or to help recover after a day of sightseeing, stop by Otto Cake on 12 Avenue in Kaimuki! Formerly located in Chinatown, Otto Cake moved to the spacious new location in July 2013. You'll love the vast selection of delicious cheesecake flavors, or carrot cake and many other sweet treats! This place only takes cash, so stop by an ATM beforehand -- trust us, you'll spend a lot despite Otto Cake's affordable menu.

Uncle Clay's House of Pure Aloha

Address: Aina Haina Shopping Center, 820-850 W Hind Dr Honolulu, HI 96821

Uncle Clay's House of Pure Aloha is a Hawaiian shop where you can taste all-natural homemade shaved ice. You can choose the toppings and syrups to make your own shaved ice. Or select any of the special creations from the menu with delicious tropical fruits. Definitely a treat for a Hawaiian holiday!

PLACES TO STAY 


Aqua Oasis

Aqua Oasis is a peaceful boutique hotel located in the heart of Waikiki. It's an ideal getaway for couples or single travelers looking for a quiet environment near the beach and entertainment in Waikiki. The hotel features king and double rooms with WiFi, and daily continental breakfast is included.

Lotus Honolulu

 Address: 2586 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815

Lotus Honolulu is a boutique hotel that is newly renovated. It offers the best views of Diamond Head and the Pacific Ocean. The hotel features king and double rooms with WiFi, along with other boutique amenities.


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Are you ready for the biggest challenge of Honolulu?

If you're up for the exercise, you might spend a morning hiking up to the Diamond Head State Monument in Leahi. You will never forget the breathtaking panorama you can see of Honolulu and Waikiki! It's a unique spot and you won't find anything like it elsewhere.

As the biggest tourist attraction on the island of Oahu (other than beaches), Diamond Head is a 350-acre crater that can usually be seen from your plane window if you fly into Honolulu Airport.

The hike is not very advanced – locals and hardcore hikers have been known to run it – but be warned that there are 2 lengthy staircases (74 and 99 steps) and a 225-feet long tunnel that may be unpleasant if you're claustrophobic.

The park at Diamond Head State Monument opens at 6 in the morning and closes at 6 in the evening, and visiting costs $1 per person or $5 if you're in your rental car. Please be advised that the parking lot is at an elevation of 200 feet, and it's your last chance for a restroom break! If you make it all the way up to the summit, you'll be standing at 761 feet of elevation!

Photo by Jonathan Lwowski

5 Things to do in Honolulu

It is thought that Honolulu could possibly have been settled over 2,000 years ago. Now the capital of the state, Honolulu is a major year- round tourist attraction, as visitors from around the world migrate to enjoy a myriad of vacation alternatives. There is something for everyone's dream holiday, whether they enjoy the arts, museums, history, or just relaxing on the beach. Five locations featured in Honolulu are:

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1. The Honolulu Academy of the Arts, where patrons can enjoy collections from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Various films, lectures, and tours are also available. From the Academy, you may launch your tour to Shangri La and view Islamic art and architecture.  For more information on the Academy click on the link.

2. The Waikiki Aquarium is adjacent to a living reef on Waikiki beach and touts a variety of marine exhibits native to coral reefs. Combined, over 420 species are represented.  For more information on the Aquarium click on the link.

3. The Polynesian Cultural Center is a one hour drive from Waikiki and to a world where vacationers can witness Tahitian dancers, Samoan fire knife dancers, and Tongan drummers. This is also the setting where natives and visitors alike can experience an authentic luau.  For more information on the Center click on the link.

4. Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park Ride tubes down Kapolei Kooler, slide down the Big Kahuna , and introduce your children to Keiki Kove, where they can play on mini- slides and with water cannons.   For more information on the Water Park click on the link.

5. The USS Arizona Memorial is located near to the Naval Station Pearl Harbor, about a 45 minute drive from Waikiki. Tour the Memorial from the Visitors Center, where you may also access theaters, a museum, and a bookstore.  For more information on visisting the Memorial click on the link.

If you want the quintessential Honolulu vacation, try Learn to Surf lessons with Hawaiian Fire Surf School. Your kids can learn to surf, or you can have a go yourself. This particular company has a great reputation and even the newest surfers have loads of fun.

Another great mention is Manoa Falls (right), waterfalls reaching over 100 feet in height. It takes around an hour of hiking to see it, but it's worth the trek, as is the surrounding forestry.

Cruising around Honolulu is easy, if you plan your vacation right. You don't need to wander around town or catch public transport. Book a cheap Honolulu rental car and see the sights the way you want to, our prices will be the best, guaranteed!


Here are some interesting facts about Honolulu, Hawaii!

Did you know that of all the major cities in the United States, it is Honolulu that sits at the very south.

Population: 337,256
Best way to travel: Car, Bus
#1 thing to do: Hawaii State Art Museum
#2 thing to do: Honolulu Academy of Arts
#3 thing to do: Waikiki Aquarium

Fun fact: Honolulu is Hawaiian for “place of shelter” and it is one of the more historic cities in America, noted for its involvement in the attack on Pearl Harbor.
#1 car rental company: Alamo

Get into your rental car and drive over to one of Honolulu's diving depots on any one of the shores! Visit Rainbow Scuba where you can scuba dive in a ship wreck 7 days a week. Come take a class and enjoy the beautiful waters of Honolulu! Summer vacation is almost over so we hope to see you soon!

Looking for something exciting to do around in Waikiki? Take a small 10 minute drive to the Honolulu Screamer, a 49 passenger high powered jet boat. As you coast at the amazing speeds of up to 40 miles per hour, take in the amazing views of Waikiki! You won't want to miss this thrill of an experience!
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