Major improvements are coming to Hawaii’s second busiest airport, Kahului International Airport on Maui.
"It's really exciting because it really goes a long way in perpetuating all the priorities that Governor Ige has talked about and is pushing in terms of improving the economy, environment, energy and traffic,” said DOT spokesperson Tim Sakahara.
“That's significant because it's going to eliminate the need for about 25 shuttle buses that were fossil fuel-powered,” Sakahara said. “So it's going to be better for the environment in that sense, but it's also going to relieve traffic."
"The Kahului airport rents the most cars out any of the airport facilities in the state,” said Sakahara. “On any average given day they rent about 2,200 cars. That’s about double what Honolulu rents at an average day at about 1,100. They create the most cars, the most revenue and the most business in the rental car industry.”
Officials say the project is funded solely by a Customer Facility Charge which consists of a daily $4.50 to those who rent a car. No taxpayer funds will be used.