About AAA Hawai'iServing Our Members Since 1915
1915 to the 1920s
The Honolulu Automobile Club opened in 1915 on O'ahu, the most populous of Hawai'i's eight principal islands. From the beginning, the Club focused on meeting the needs of tourists from the mainland, especially AAA members who brought cars with them for use during their visit. Club representatives facilitated offloading and preparation of vehicles, arranged for the issuance of temporary island driving permits, and provided road maps to aid navigation along Hawai'i’s scenic roadways. Reciprocal shipping arrangements were provided to visitors returning stateside through close coordination with West Coast motor clubs.
1920s to the 1980s
The Honolulu Auto Club also developed a well-earned reputation for emergency road service, employing side-car equipped motorcycles as early as 1923 to assist motorists in distress on the island’s road network. Also in the 1920s, the Club’s “Get-you-home” department boasted the first radio-equipped trouble cars to respond to calls from the Club headquarters to assist motorists in need around-the-clock.
1980s to the present
The Club became an operating division of AAA in 1982, taking on the name AAA Hawai'i. In 1985, AAA Hawai'i opened the AAA Alaska office in Anchorage and operated it until 1995 when it was acquired by AAA Montana.