News from the Hawaii Department of Transportation today is worth noting for visitors and residents who want to park at our island airports. And, a common arrival trick we’ve used ourselves may no longer work. This comes as visitors and residents all gear up for the return to holiday Hawaii vacations. Unprecedented demand at the holidays has returned for the first time in several years.
Hawaii airports have always suffered from overcrowding. Peak summer, prime weekends, and holidays are a time when parking is iffy. And now two airport parking lots are the first to be declared completely full. Read more below.
Prior arrival parking tip in doubt.
One trick that we and countless others have tried is no longer a sure thing. When several people arrive together and they have substantial luggage, even golf clubs, this worked great. One person would go and get the rental car. The other people would get the luggage. The rental car could be stored in nearby parking (not so much at the non-adjacent CONRAC at HNL) while the other passengers claimed luggage. Then everyone could meet up in the parking lot and help get things underway.
Turo is no longer to blame.
Turo cars are no longer being parked at Hawaii airports which is a good thing. Previously Turo parking was compounding the problem at Hawaii airport parking. Now Turo is no longer permitted to park cars on airport property.
Honolulu Airport (HNL) parking full.
The state Department of Transportation just said that “As of 10:45 a.m. Monday, Dec. 19, parking lots are approaching capacity at Daniel K. Inouye International (HNL) and Lihue Airport (LIH). Check with your airline on possible delays and cancellations and get dropped off if needed.
Kauai Airport (LIH) parking full.
The state said today that public parking at Lihue Airport (LIH) is also approaching being full. The state did not indicate when they believe parking will become available again. Airport parking looks to be getting worse again, much worse.
On Kauai, the state previously asked that those traveling be “dropped off at the airport to ensure they have enough time to clear security and board flights,” since the 675 available parking stalls are now occupied.
Airport parking, specifically on Kauai, has been a serious problem for quite some time. Some say it is previously Turo-related, although Turo has since made arrangements for alternate parking. It isn’t clear whether or not the repaving project is still in process.
Hilo Airport (ITO) parking full.
After publishing this article earlier, the Hawaii Department of Transportation announced that Hilo Airport parking lot is also full.
The consolidated car rental facility at Honolulu Airport is open.
Here are all the details of the New Car Rental Facility at Honolulu Airport Now Open. In Honolulu, the new consolidated car rental facility features more than 5,000 parking spots and we’ve found it to be a great improvement.
Expect the remaining Hawaii airport parking lots to also become full.