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Safely Navigating Hawaiʻi

Transportation options vary from island to island. Many visitors enjoy taking bus tours to conveniently explore the Islands. For most islands you can also get around by shuttle, taxi, ride-sharing app such as Uber or Lyft, or public transportation. Click here for transportation options

Please note: Rental cars are in high demand, so please plan ahead to secure a reservation.  More information about vehicle rental and ground transportation options can be found here.
Your valid foreign driver’s license to drive is good for one year from the entry date on your passport.  

Driver Safety

In Hawaiʻi, we try to bring the aloha spirit everywhere, even when we’re driving. We take it slow, avoid unnecessary honking and give others space to get over. Please do your part when visiting by being cautious and courteous when performing U-turns or pulling over to sight-see. It's a good idea to check your route for road closures before leaving, and always avoid driving on unimproved or unsafe roads. It's also worth noting our safety laws:

Click It or Ticket Seat Belt Law
Hawaiʻi’s universal seat belt law requires that all front and back seat motor vehicle occupants buckle up. Adults and children must use their seat belts and child restraints at all times. The cost of a ticket for not buckling up is $102.

The child passenger restraint law requires children under 4 years of age to ride in a child safety seat, and children between the ages of 4 and 8 years to ride in either a child safety seat or a booster seat. Violators of this law are required to attend a four-hour class and may be assessed a fine between $100 and $500.

Helmet Laws
Motorcycle riders 17 years old and younger must wear a helmet.
Bicycle riders under 16 years old must wear a helmet.
Motor scooter riders 17 years old or younger must wear a helmet.

Handheld Electronic Devices
With the exception of 9-1-1 emergency calls, using mobile electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle is illegal in Hawaiʻi. This includes cell phones, mp3 players, personal digital assistants and navigation devices.
The law also prohibits drivers from using hand-held mobile electronic devices when stopped at a red light or stop sign.
Additionally, no person under the age of 18 may use a hands-free mobile electronic device while operating a motor vehicle.
Fines start at $257 and increase for violations in school zones or construction areas.


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Exploring The Hawaiian Islands

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