Planning for a trip to Maui and wondering where to rent your car from or should you even rent a car in Maui in the first place? We’ve put together the ultimate guide for you that’ll answer all your questions around renting a car in Maui. Let’s start with the first one.

Should you rent a car in Maui?

The short answer is: yes. You should rent a car in Maui even before you land on the island. In fact, car rental in Maui is one of the best decisions you’ll make on your trip. Renting a car is cheap, affordable, and is the best way to explore Maui – hands down.

We also believe that having your own vehicle opens up a lot of options for you. You can explore the breadth of Maui (and there’s a LOT to explore) at your own pace – something that’s cumbersome with local transportation and too expensive with Ubers and taxis.

For example, while on the Road to Hana you’ll pass multiple points of interest that are filled with majestic waterfalls and breathtaking greenery. With such beautiful sight every step of the way, it’s only convenient if you could control your journey.

With your car rental, you can always choose where and when to stop. Moreover, you can always spend more time at a place you like without worrying about transportation for the rest of the journey.


If you are traveling to Maui with your family, renting a car is an absolute must. There are several reasons why:

  • Your Ohana is together: nobody wants to be in separate directions on a Maui trip. Part of the experience is the journey itself. What better than doing it with your Ohana?
  • When you hit the road with your car, you’ll also make many unforgettable memories with your Ohana. From peculiar scents of Maui every step of the way to the cultural magnificence that this island has to offer, you’ll experience it all in a hassle-free manner.

Most importantly, you will always have a mode of transportation by your side if there’s an emergency.

Now even if you aren’t traveling with your family and are adventuring solo or with your partner, a car will only help you make the most of your time in Maui without worrying about transportation at all times. Imagine enjoying breathtaking views of the Pacific while you drive around Maui and have the soothing trade winds relax your senses in ways little else can.

Best: you can have a dedicated space for your hiking or surfing gear at all times without worrying about storing it at your vacation rental. Simply put them on and jump-start your adventure.

When you shouldn’t rent a car in Maui?

Now while there are many reasons you should rent a car in Maui, there are instances when you shouldn’t. For example, if your trip to Maui is a short one (1-2 days), it’s better to avoid renting a car and taking on the local shuttles and/or taxis for all your transportation needs. A short trip is low on time and while you can rent a car even before stepping in Maui, it’d be better if you decide your transpiration on the go and on need basis.

Another instance when you shouldn’t rent a car in Maui is when you are sure you will be in and around your vacation rental. If you don’t plan to explore other parts of the island, local transportation is the best choice. It provides easy access and while availability is limited, it’ll be cheaper overall as well.

If you rent a car, choose Ali’i Resorts

With an exclusive range of luxury vacation rentals all around Maui, Ali’i Resorts has been the leader in tourism and hospitality in Maui for over a decade. We have hosted thousands of travelers and delivered world-class service right from the time they land in Maui.

One of the things we have become good at is Maui crafted hospitality. With that, our expert car rental service in Maui stands out from the many services you see both online and at the airports.

Here are 5 reasons why you should rent a car in Maui with Ali’i Resorts

1. No waiting in lines.

Waiting in a big queue to get to your vacation rental is no fun. Especially after a long journey, having a car waiting for you to just start and drive is a treat.

At Ali’i Resorts, we craft this experience for you every single time. On the day of arrival, you will get a text stating the location of the vehicle, color, license plate # and the 5-digit code for the lockbox housing keys.

The lockbox is on the window of the vehicle. This text message goes out shortly before you arrive – ensuring you have a smooth exit from the airport without waiting in lines.

2. Car is waiting in the airport parking lot.

No. You don’t have to walk a million miles to get to your car. With Ali’i Resorts, you simply head to the parking lot of the Kahului Airport and you’ll find your car waiting for you.

3. Easy pick and drop off.

We have already talked about the easy pick up when you rent a car with Ali’i Resorts. But what about the drop-off you may ask? Well, that’s incredibly easy too. You have to park the car in any open stall within the same parking lot that you picked up the car in. Secondly, you have to place the lockbox back on one of the windows, lock the car and place the key inside the lockbox, and send a text to Wiki Wiki at 808-344-9564 with the location of the vehicle. That’s it. No complications, just simple drop-offs.

4. Access to 24 hours of assistance.

Need after-hours assistance? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Simply call us at at 808-344-9564 any time of the day or night and we’ll be happy to assist you in any way possible.

5. Competitive rates.

Car rental can get expensive if you don’t know what you are looking for. At Ali’i Resorts, we make it hassle-free with our simple and competitive Maui car rental rates. Our aim is to make your Maui visit an epic one and we ensure you start it off with the right vehicle at the right rate. Just reach out to us and we’ll be happy to share a custom and competitive rate with you.

Here’s a quick fact sheet of some required things:


  • Arrival and Departure Times (charged on a 24-hour clock.  You are allowed to have the vehicle for two additional hours at no extra cost. Yes! You read that right. However, after that, you’d be charged for an extra day.
  • You’ll need to provide a copy of a driver’s license and auto insurance card. Each driver must confirm with their insurance agent that they are covered for rental cars.
  • A completed Wiki Wiki Rental Agreement.


These required items must be completed prior to picking up rental car. Required items can be sent by email to, by faxing to 808-879-2427 or by mail sent to P.O. Box 795, Kihei HI 96753.

Renting a car in Maui helps you discover the beauty of Maui in new ways. Choose Ali’i Resorts for your next stay, as well as your next Mauian adventure on wheels.