With its stunning scenery and laidback way of life, driving in Hawaii is a rewarding experience. To avoid any stress, traffic offenses, or accidents, it’s a good idea to know the general rules of the road to make the most out of your vacation in this Pacific paradise. Here we will outline the general road rules and regulations in Hawaii as well as provide information on speed limits, turning and things to do with a car rental during your stay in Hawaii.
General Rules and Regulations
- Drivers must always yield to pedestrians and in situations where using the right of way would cause an accident. Funeral processions also have right of way.
- You must signal 100 feet before making a turn or stopping.
- There are many long single-lane routes across Hawaii. Drivers going too far below the minimum speed limit are required to pull over and let the traffic pass.
- Both drivers and passengers are required to wear seatbelts at all times and children must be placed in an appropriately sized safety seat.
- Do not leave children under 9 unattended in your vehicle.
- By driving a vehicle in Hawaii, you have legally consented to blood, urine or breath tests for alcohol. The legal blood alcohol limit is 0.08%.
- Traffic signals are often indicated with arrows. Drivers must only proceed in the direction indicated.
Speed Limits in Hawaii
Hawaii has a basic speed limit rule that requires people to drive in a reasonable and prudent manner depending on traffic and weather conditions. Perhaps due to its rugged geography and narrow roads, Hawaii has the lowest maximum speed limit on any state in the U.S.
|School zones||25 mph|
|Within city limits||25-45 mph|
|Interstate highways||60 mph|
Turning and Parking
- In some jurisdictions, U-turns will not be allowed but in general, it is legal to do so if you have good visibility in both directions and do not obstruct any traffic.
- At traffic signals, you generally have to follow the arrow when turning.
- Parking can be difficult in built-up areas such as Honolulu but you should have no problems in smaller towns and near attractions.
- It is illegal to park on the sidewalk or in any way that blocks a driveway of any kind.
- You should leave no more than 12 inches between your vehicle and the curb.
- Double parking is not permitted.
Car Rental with SIXT in Hawaii
It seems that every drive across this tropical archipelago is scenic but there are some routes that have the wow factor. The Road to Hana on Maui is on many peoples’ bucket list and winds along steep green cliffs that plunge into the sea, past red sand beaches and jaw-dropping waterfalls. You’ll also be able to pick up refreshments at fruit stands along the way.
Equally stunning, the route along the north coast of Kauai from Princeville to Hanalei Bay takes in lush green peaks and terrific beaches. Route 550 takes you around the Waimea Canyon, the Hawaiian Islands’ answer to the Grand Canyon that’s equally dramatic. There are many hikes to be done here and you can also continue the route to the start of the famous Napali Coast hike.
With our car rental branch at Maui’s Kahului International Airport, you can start your journey from a central location with incredible resorts and the West Maui Forest Reserve both just a short drive away. If you take the Honoapiilani Highway on Maui between October and April be sure to spend some time whale watching and enjoying the astounding sunset views.