Frequently Asked Questions about Moving to Hawaii
How long does it take to move my stuff to Hawaii from the mainland?
The transit time to Hawaii depends on the company you use, and you’ll find that it varies drastically from company to company. U-Pack transit times top the list of the fastest ways to move. Containers destined for Hawaii ship out of California twice a week, so your shipment should arrive in Hawaii approximately one week after it arrives in California. Your U-Pack moving quote includes the estimated transit time – if you haven’t gotten one yet, you can do that easily online.
How much does it cost to move to Hawaii?
Similar to figuring out transit time, the best way to determine price is by request a quote online, or by phone. You’ll provide some basic information about your move (where you’re moving from and to, when you’re planning to move, and how much you’re planning to move), and you’ll receive an email with prices (and transit time) within 24 hours. You can also get an instant quote by calling a Hawaii moving specialist at 800-413-4799. When you get your quote, you’ll notice that the cost to move to Hawaii with U-Pack is calculated per container, not by weight or linear footage.
Should I use an Ocean Container or ReloCube(s) for my move to Hawaii?
Customers moving from a location that isn’t serviced direct with a ReloCube or customers moving a large home to Hawaii often choose the ocean container option. The maximum weight limit is 44,000 lbs. and it has a cubic capacity of approximately 2,390 cubic feet. If you have a smaller move, the ReloCubes are a great option for shipping to Hawaii. U-Pack space estimator tools are helpful for determining the best option for your move, and our Hawaii moving specialists are a great resource, too.
How far in advance should I reserve if I’m Moving to Hawaii?
If you are moving in the 40-foot container, your signed Bill of Lading must be received at least seven days prior to your move date. We ask that you reserve your ocean container move at least one week in advance. If you’re moving in an ocean container, payment is accepted by credit card prior to delivering to your origin location for loading. If you’re moving in ReloCubes, payment can be made on your credit card while your shipment is in transit to your destination.
What if I need storage? Can I do that with U-Pack?
Storage is available using ReloCubes (not ocean containers) on the island of Oahu. If you’re moving to an island other than Oahu and need storage, we can still help! We can store your ReloCube at the service center closest to your origin location or at the service center in Pico Rivera or Oakland, CA (the service center locations the containers sail out of). If you would like to discuss storage options for your move, call a Hawaii moving specialist directly at 800-413-4799. For more a more detailed explanation about Storage in Hawaii, read the post titled, Moving to Hawaii – Storage.
Can I do a door-to-door move to Hawaii?
Yes. If you’re moving in the 40-foot container we can arrange delivery to your door on any of the islands. We can provide door-to-door delivery in a ReloCube if you’re moving to the islands of Oahu and Hawaii. We can also provide an option to load or unload your items at our agent’s terminal on the island of Maui and Kauai. If you chose this option, you would transport your items from our agent’s terminal to your residence.
Can I put my motorcycle or vehicle in the ocean container?
Motorcycles can be shipped inside ReloCubes or ocean containers as long as they are used (rather than new), of personal use, and the fluids are drained. U-Pack doesn’t ship automobiles, but we do recommend contacting Auto and Boat Relocation Services or Dependable Auto Shippers – they are both viable options for shipping automobiles to Hawaii.
Is there anything I can not include in my household goods shipment to Hawaii?
Yes, just like shipments moving interstate in the upper 48, there are items that can’t be shipped. Before you load, make sure to check out U-Pack’s Do Not Ship list so you’ll know what to leave behind.
What is the cost of living in Hawaii?
You may have heard before that the cost of living in Hawaii is much higher than most comparable mainland cities. And what you’ll probably find is that what you’ve heard is correct. Keep in mind that most products available for purchase in Hawaii have to be shipped in – that means the shipping costs are passed along to the consumer.
If you’re trying to make sure if a move to Hawaii makes financial sense, try using a cost of living calculator like Salary.com or Expatistan.com.
What is the job market like in Hawaii?
According to the latest unemployment statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Hawaii’s unemployment rate is 4.5%, which is the 4th lowest in the country. And according to payscale.com, this is the median salary by job:
Retail Store Manager - $47,048
General/Operations Manager - $60,584
Project Manager, Construction - $ 70,607
Operations Manager - $59,384
Administrative Assistant - $34,467
Registered Nurse - $57,530
Office Manager - $42,798
Can I move my pets with me to Hawaii?
Yes, but there are some very strict requirements that are unique to Hawaii. We’ve outlined them all in this post titled, Moving to Hawaii with Pets.
Can I move my plants with me to Hawaii?
Live plants are included in the Do Not Ship list, so they can’t be shipped in your moving container. But, if you want to look into other ways of getting them there, an inspection is required before entering the state. You can get more information by contacting the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Insurance Service in Honolulu County.
Now that your questions are answered, are you ready to make the move to gorgeous Hawaii? We would love to hear about your experience! Are there other things you think people moving to the Aloha State should know?
Enjoy the sunshine and sandy beaches – and if we can help, let us know!
*This post was originally written by Derek in 2008 but was updated by Christina with current information in 2014.