New Conrac at Kahului Airport open for businessPosted on Jun 22, 2019 in Capitol Connection, Featured
Local residents and visitors to Maui can now take advantage of the newly opened Consolidated Rent-A-Car (Conrac) facility, hailed as environmentally friendly and the first of its kind in the state. At the dedication in May, Governor Ige said, “The best part is this is funded with no taxpayer dollars involved. The $340 million (to build the facility) comes from car rental customers from around the world who visit Maui County.”
The same daily charge of $4.50 from rental car customers is also paying for the Conrac at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu, slated for completion in 2021.
The Maui Conrac houses all major rental car companies in one spot and connects passengers with the airport via an electric tram designed to reflect the Valley Isle’s plantation roots. The tram will help relieve congestion by eliminating the need for fossil-fueled shuttle buses transporting customers. The project also features cascading waterfalls and pools that serve as an irrigation reservoir of non-potable water for landscaped areas.
“Kahului is the second busiest airport in the state, and the people of Maui deserve a facility of this caliber,” said HDOT deputy director Ross Higashi. “Our team found a way to add functional beauty to the project without adding to the cost.” The new three-story Conrac includes rental car offices, customer service counters and “ready and return” rental car spaces.