Lihue and its airport lie in the south-west of the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i. Due to its location on the ring road and the comprehensive infrastructure, this is the ideal starting point for an island roundtrip in a hire car. You can book a hire car through TUI Cars before traveling – you can pick up the car without any fuss from the local car rental office in Lihue.
A further advantage of hiring a car through TUI Cars is the care-free insurance package included in the price, including fully comprehensive insurance and excess waiver insurance in the event of breakdowns and accidents. Lihue itself will enchant you with its charming harbour district and the picturesque white beaches inviting you to go bathing and surfing. From Lihue you can quickly reach the verdant jungles of Mamalahoa and Halelea. Also well worth the trip is the drive along the rugged Na Pali coast.
Spectacular natural parks around Lihue
In the heart of Kaua'i rises the mighty Mount Wai'ale'ale, a shield volcano, surrounded by dense tropical rainforest, which in places seems be trying to climb up the moist slopes.
On the other hand, the landscape looks a little barren on the crater's crest, which reaches an elevation of 1,569 metres and is usually blanketed under clouds. Because of the trade winds, it is often very rainy on the northeast flank of the mountain - if you park your car in the south, you can avoid the rain and go on a discovery tour on foot.
If you want to explore the wetlands of Alaka'i at the foot of the Wai'ale'ale, it is advisable to hire the services of local tourist guides. To get there from Lihue take Highway 56 towards Hanalei, then continue on off-road tracks. You should therefore use an all-wheel drive car, which you can also book via TUI Cars.
Notes on driving a hire car in Lihue
If you want to discover Lihue and the surrounding area in a hire car, you should note that the usual speed limit is 60 mph, i.e. 97 km/h.
In built-up areas the speed limit is 56 km/h. Unlike in continental Europe, it is permitted to overtake of the right and left. When parking, you should pay attention to the special road markings: Red stands for an absolute stopping ban, yellow/black markings indicate a loading zone and white means a maximum parking time of five minutes.
In the green parking areas, you can leave your car parked during business hours for a maximum of ten minutes. In the event of an accident, please inform the police and car rental firm immediately. On the road you should definitely have a compatible tri- or quad-band mobile phone with you – unfortunately, European dual-band mobile phones do not work in Hawaii.