Rental Car

Practically the only way to get around the Big Island is via car. Local services may be offered, but they are woefully inadequate and generally particular to that town or city, with infrequent scheduling. A four-wheel drive vehicle is the best way to explore the island, but a reminder that many rental car companies disable or disallow driving on unpaved roads (of which there are many, especially on Mauna Kea). Many companies disable the 4WD feature on their jeeps.

The majority of car rental companies are found at either Kona or Hilo International Airports.

As of this writing, Alamo did not disable the 4WD feature, but still officially disallows driving on unpaved roads. Harper Car and Truck Rental is the only car rental company on the island which allows its 4WD vehicles to traverse unpaved roads and especially Saddle Road (HI 20 -- the road to Mauna Kea) -- but you will pay extra for the privilege.

Alamo Rent-A-Car
Kona International Airport (North Kona District)
Hilo International Airport (Hilo District)
(800) 327-9633

Harper Car and Truck Rental
Hilo International Airport
Kona International Airport
(808) 969-1478


The Big Island plays host to the annual Iron Man competition, and renting a bike you can explore the variety of mountain challenges the island has to offer!

C & S Outfitters
64-1066 Mamalahoa Highway
Kamuela, HI 96743
(808) 885-5005

Mauna Kea Mountain Bikes
P. O. Box 44672
Kamuela, HI 96743
(808) 883-0130