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Feb 9, 2012 06:53 AM

Lihue Airport

I screwed up and booked a car to pick up 3 hrs after my flight arrives. Alamo won't let me pick it up earlier with out re booking which would increase the cost 300%. I am looking for a place within a reasonable distance to go have dinner before picking up the car, short cab ride or bus. Arriving to
Friday the 10th so any help would be appreciated. Thanks for all your other help on other threads.

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  1. I would call direct and speak to the manager at the Alamo airport location..have used them and they are really cool and laid back like all of Kaua'i.
    If not, go to Duke's for drinks and app''s less than 5 minutes from the airport.
    Aloha ibew292 and of all the islands, Kaua'i has the most Aloha spirit..

    1. I would just go directly to Alamo upon landing and check in. Odds are you will be in your rental car and hitting the road with no issue. If there is a wait, which I think is highly unlikely, I agree with bc. Grab a cab to Dukes, order the crab/mac wontons. You can probably take the Marriotts complimentary shuttle back to the airport.

      1. Hi, ibew:

        I agree that you should just smile and keep politely asking for your car early. Security at the baggage carosels is hilariously lax. Nothing in the airport worth eating (but worth the time to ponder the big photos of dancers doing the Hi'iaka-chant welcome).

        If it's your very first dinner, I agree with Wahineokekai (Beach Chick) that Dukes at Kalapaki Beach (Marriott) is a good place to start your visit. While there, go check out True Blue (fishing) Charters at the activity desk, say Hi to Kamal. If you want local flavor, Garden Island Chinese in Lihu'e is excellent. Or for a funkier, yet tropical local spot, there is a place in Wailua right next to a shop called Bambulei (name escapes me right now).

        Be Safe Paddling,

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        1. re: kaleokahu

          I am going to go to Alamo right away and smile but if it doesn't work I can leave my bags and go. Dukes sounds like a wonderful spot. I'm not going to let 3 hours mess up my trip Thanks again

          1. re: ibew292

            Maybe smile and palm the guy a $20. I know it isn't NYC, but Hawaiians need to eat too.

          2. re: kaleokahu

            Aloha kaleokahu

            ibew...i'm so jealous that you'll be in one of my fave places on's magical..

          3. The Marriott Lihue where Duke's is has an airport van that we have used before to drop off the car at the airport and go back for dinner. It has never been a problem using it. I will assume things haven't changed.

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            1. re: scottca075

              Great news. This might work for dropping the car off also.

            2. No problem with the car. Ended up going to the Mermaids in Kappa, what a treat.