Holoholo Rideshare

New Hawaii Rideshare Launching As Car Rentals Disappear

A new way to get around Hawaii has just launched, at least for drivers to be recruited. This Hawaii Rideshare called Holoholo is coming soon to the Big Island, Kauai, Honolulu Lanai, and Maui. It could be your “Ticket to Ride” around the islands, in addition to car rentals, taxis, Uber, and Lift. But, unfortunately, passengers will have to wait a bit longer.

There’s no doubt that this comes at a unique time when Hawaii car rentals are sold out through the peak of summer in many cases.

Also seeking rideshare drivers.

Holoholo’s website says it is a “Marketplace of community drivers where passengers can request a ride in minutes from their smartphone, see the cost, and have it charged to their selected credit card, which helps passengers have access to affordable and safe transportation.”

Before approval, drivers are pre-screened, have their vehicles checked, and pass a pre-trip inspection.

We’ll update you as soon as this launches for the public. It looks to be any day, although there’s no clear way to get to the rider side of it as of today.

Holoholo features

GPS Tracking. “Our GPS system will track your every ride, so there’s a complete record of your trip. You can also share your approximate location with friends and family.”

Clean Safe Vehicles. “Drivers are required to keep their vehicles clean and safe. We provide a PPE kit with hand sanitizers, wipes, and masks to ensure your safety. You can also turn down riders without masks.”

Are you down for Hawaii Rideshare?

28 thoughts on “New Hawaii Rideshare Launching As Car Rentals Disappear”

  1. I think this is great, but I know here in the Bay Area, rideshare drivers drive for BOTH Uber and Lyft, so I would expect the same thing to happen in Hawaii. This would mean there may not necessarily be more rideshare vehicles available for hire; just the same residents driving for Uber and Lyft.

    I read a post on another thread that on Kauai, there are parking lots full of buses that aren’t being used for tour groups. I know social distancing is still somewhat of an issue, but why haven’t the resorts looked into leasing these to at least get their guests to and from the airport during the rental car meltdown? This seems to be an easy temporary solution to a big problem.

  2. Yes on Maui, I was there last week, may 15, and they were out of cars, my only option was to rent a u-haul truck, although it was cheap, they charge per mile which made it crazy! Other agencies were charging$500 or day, good luck

  3. The rental car rates for the last two weeks of July are 3x what I paid in December 2019.

  4. I am arriving on the big island on June 4, and again at the end of the year and secured/reserved rental cars for both trips. Have you heard if people that have reservations are getting turned away for lack of vehicles? Im trying to figure out if I need to be concerned about actually getting the cars I have reserved. Any insight is greatly appreciated!!

    1. Hi Pam.

      We’ll let others comment on this. It is not a widespread problem or we would be hearing about it without doubt.


    2. We are on Kauai currently & had a confirmed car rental through Costco Travel for our 10 day stay. When we arrived to pick up our car, there were over 50 people waiting for cars and they had reservations as well. The counter representative had a list that we put our names and phone numbers on for them to call us when a car became available. We are on day 7 and still have not received a call. The car company did offer shuttles to hotels/resorts but if you were staying in a VRBO or Airbnb they told people to get a taxi or Uber. One couple next to us in line couldn’t even get an Uber! We have 3 kids so this has been very frustrating. The only people they were giving cars to were if they were Fastbreak.

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