Uber, Lyft and Holoholo are ride-sharing apps that enable you to hail on-demand private drivers. They’re used prolifically in Hawaiʻi’s major towns, they tend to be cheaper than Taxis/Cabs and more convenient. We find that Uber on Oʻahu have nicer cars than Lyft, but both will get you from A to B.
Please note, Holoholo is a local Hawaiʻi-based business who pride themselves on ‘fair pricing’. They don’t practice surge pricing and have no fixed up-front costs, this means fares will hover around a standard rate no matter the demand. Uber and Lyft, on the other hand, do practice surge pricing (they will increase fares when there is an increase in demand). Holoholo now has an option to request a vaccinated driver as well as a green vehicle.
There are three designated ride-share pick-up areas at Honolulu Airport. They’re an excellent and affordable way to travel around Waikīkī, Diamond Head, Kahala, Ala Moana, Kakaʻako, Downtown Honolulu, and even to Hawaiʻi Kai and Kailua. They are not reliable on Oʻahu’s North Shore.
The app will show you an estimated price for the journey before you make the request. Don’t forget, you’ll need data available on your smartphone upon landing to book these services.