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How much does it cost to move to Hawaii?

September 24th, 2015 - 8:33 AM

Is the cost to move to Hawaii within my budget?

It’s no secret that the cost of living in Hawaii is high, but what about the cost just to move there? Because your items ship across the ocean, you’ll typically see higher moving prices. While that may be bad news for some, the good news is that there’s an affordable way to move your household goods that won’t necessarily break the bank. We’ll cover all the costs you can expect for a Hawaii move and how to keep on budget with U-Pack®.

How much does it cost to move to Hawaii

The real cost of moving to Hawaii

When planning a Hawaii move, it’s not only about getting your furniture there, but your family, pets, and vehicles, too. Let’s take a closer look at the cost for each one.

The cost of moving household goods to Hawaii

U-Pack is one of the most affordable ways to move to Hawaii. If you haven’t heard of U-Pack, it’s a “you pack, we drive” nationwide moving company. You do the packing, loading and unloading, and U-Pack takes care of the transportation. Basically, you do some of the work, and U-Pack does the rest – and you see significant savings (compared to a full-service mover). When moving to an off-shore location like Hawaii where things can get expensive, it’s nice to have a way to save.

See your Hawaii cost now!​

Go online to get a free moving quote and see your price. We’ll email your quote within 24 hours (a moving specialist is required to review it for accuracy). If you don’t want to wait, call a moving specialist at 800-413-4799 to get a quote (the call center is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST on Saturday).

What type of equipment is available for a move to Hawaii?

U-Pack offers two different container options:

  • A 40 ft. Ocean Container that’s best for larger moves. The weight limit is 44,000 lbs. and it has a cubic capacity of approximately 2,390 feet.
  • A 6’ x 7’ x 8’ ReloCube that’s best for smaller moves or moves that require storage. The weight limit is 2,500 lbs. and it has a cubic capacity of approximately 306 feet.

With each option, the cost is based per container, not by weight.

Can U-Pack ship directly to my home in Hawaii?​

If you choose the ocean container, U-Pack can arrange delivery to your door to almost all locations in Hawaii. If you choose the ReloCube, door delivery is only available on Oahu and the Big Island. Call a Hawaii moving specialist at 800-413-4799 to see if door delivery is available at your destination.

How long will it take my shipment to move to Hawaii?

It primarily depends on where you’re shipping from. U-Pack ships to Hawaii twice per week out of the port in Los Angeles, CA. So, factor in the time it’ll take to move your belongings from your home to the port in LA. Once your shipment arrives at the port, it’ll take about one week to arrive in Hawaii (depending on which island you’re moving to). Your U-Pack quote will show a total estimated transit time from your origin to your final Hawaiian destination.

What about storage?

Storage is available with the ReloCube. You can store at the service center closest to your origin, at the Los Angeles service center (if you’re moving to Maui, Kauai or the Big Island), or at the Honolulu service center in Oahu. Be sure to let a moving consultant know if storage is something you need with your move.

How much does it cost to move to Maui?

Maui is one of the most sought-after locations to live in Hawaii. It’s a great location for whale watching in the winter, has one of the world’s most scenic drives (Road to Hana) and offers residents more than 80 beaches. If you think Maui is the right place for you, get a free moving quote to see how much your move will cost.

Other Hawaii moving costs

U-Pack helps keep your costs low for moving your household goods. But like we discussed above, it’s not the only cost to consider. Your family, vehicles, and pets all need to make the move to Hawaii, too.

How much does a flight to Hawaii cost?

Airfare isn’t cheap, especially when you’re traveling to paradise. Each ticket can cost a few hundred dollars or more depending on when you travel, where you’re traveling from, and which island you’re going to. The best way to save on this cost is to use travel deal sites to find the lowest prices, or sign up for a travel rewards program and earn miles to cover the cost.

How much will it cost to move my pet to Hawaii?

Because Hawaii is a rabies-free state, there are strict animal import laws in place to ensure it stays that way. Dogs, cats, and carnivores must complete a 5 day-or less quarantine that costs $224 per pet. In some cases, your pet may require the 120-day quarantine (this costs $1,080 per pet). For shipping your pet to Hawaii, U-Pack recommends uShip. Use the tool below to see what it might cost in addition to the quarantine fees.

Read more about moving to Hawaii with pets.

How much is it to ship my car to Hawaii?

If you own a vehicle, you can easily ship it to Hawaii with uShip (U-Pack doesn’t offer auto relocation services). Just enter your location ZIP codes and click “Calculate” to see your price.

Any other expenses to prepare for?

Soft costs like hotel stays and food are something to budget for, too. We recommend using hotels.com to plan for any overnight stays along the way.

Calculate your cost of moving to Hawaii

With balmy weather, cool ocean breezes, and breathtaking views, it’s no wonder 1.42 million people call Hawaii home. If you want to call the Aloha State home, too, make your dream a reality and start budgeting for your move today.

First, see how much it’ll cost to move your household goods with U-Pack. Customers often call us the cheapest way to move to Hawaii. You can request a free online quote from U-Pack and get it within 24 hours, or call 800-413-4799 to get a quote instantly.


Ask away! Leave a comment below or give us a ring. We’re ready to help you make the affordable, easy and fast move to your Hawaii destination.

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