On the Big Island of Hawaii, typically you will be renting a car in Hilo or Kailua-Kona as you arrive at the airport.
Many resorts and some hotels also offer to rent you a car with a certain company and if you are coming in on a cruise, most car rental companies will come and pick you up at the pier.
Big Island Airport Codes for use in car reservations
Hilo: ITO Kona: KOA
Pick a major car rental company, they are well-represented on the Big Island: Budget, Enterprise, Avis, Thrifty, Dollar
Discounts are pretty easy to get. If you rent your car at the same time as you get your plane tickets and hotel room on expedia, your car rental is practically free. I’ve done the math a dozen times and that’s always what it seems like.
Hotwire also has dirt cheap rentals but you may not be able to cancel.
Or just do a search on google for a discount car rental code for an easy upgrade or 10% off.
Other Hilo Car Rental Options
Harpers Rental Cars for 4 wheel drives and motor homes. Harper’s is one of the few companies on the Big Island that will let you drive over the saddle road in their rental cars. And on this page is a link to two local companies that will rent you cars long or possibly short term in Hilo.
If you want to explore all available car rental discount options visit my Hawaii car rental discounts page or my Hawaii car rental coupons page.
There is an airport in Waimea – the Waimea-Kohala airport but it’s a small plane airport and you can’t rent cars there. There is no other place on the Big Island to rent cars besides Hilo and Kailua-Kona … and the resorts in Kohala will get you to a car if you want one.