It’s Flashback Friday, and there’s a major winter storm rolling across the country—the first of the season in fact. What better day to repost about moving to Hawaii? For just a few short minutes I can forget that I'm typing with fingerless gloves on and instead think of sandy beaches and palm trees. A girl can dream can’t she?
Seriously though, if you’re considering a move to Hawaii, this post Derek wrote a couple of years ago provides some extremely helpful information. Make sure to check out the comments, too; you may find some of your questions answered there. If you don’t find the answers you’re looking for, call one of U-Pack’s helpful Hawaii experts at 800-413-4799, or leave a comment below. We’ll gladly help.
*Note: In the comments you’ll see customers referring to 20-foot ocean containers. This size container is no longer available. However, three ReloCubes are similar in size to the 20-foot container.
Moving to Hawaii
Moving to the beautiful state of Hawaii works a little differently than the “typical” cross country move. Because your belongings travel across the ocean they’ll move inside a container instead of the traditional moving truck that you may be accustomed to. If you’re moving with U-Pack, your container options are the ReloCube or a 40-foot ocean container—both great solutions for moving to Hawaii.
Let’s talk a little more about how it works and answer some of the most frequently asked questions
How long does it take to get my stuff to Hawaii?
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 offers one of the fastest transit times in the industry. Containers destined for Hawaii ship out of California twice a week, so your shipment should arrive in Hawaii about a week after it gets to California. Your U-Pack moving quote will include the estimated transit time. If you haven’t already gotten a quote, you can get one easily online.
How much does it cost to move to Hawaii?
The best way to determine your price is by requesting a moving quote online or by phone. Just provide some basic information about your move, and you’ll receive an email with prices within 24 hours. For an instant quote, call a Hawaii moving specialist at 800-413-4799. The cost to move to Hawaii with U-Pack is based per container, not by weight or space.
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. The weight limit for a ReloCube is 2,500 lbs. U-Pack’s space estimator tools are helpful for determining the best option for your move.
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. Payment is accepted by credit card prior to delivering the ocean container to your origin location for loading.
What if I need storage? Can I do that with U-Pack?
Storage is available in the ReloCubes (not ocean containers) on the island of Oahu only. If you’re moving to an island other than Oahu and need storage, we can still help! We can store your ReloCube at the ABF terminal closest to your origin location or at the ABF terminal in Pico Rivera or Oakland, CA (the terminal 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 move door-to-door if I’m moving 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 does not ship automobiles. We recommend contacting Auto and Boat Relocation Services or Dependable Auto Shippers to get a quote for shipping your vehicle.
Is there anything I can not include in my household goods shipment to Hawaii?
Please check out U-Pack’s Do Not Ship list for information on what should be left behind.
Here are some other great, informational posts about moving to Hawaii:
What is the cheapest way to move to Hawaii?
Moving to Hawaii with Pets
PCSing to Hawaii
Moving to Hawaii Door-to-Door
If you have questions not answered here we would like to help. Please leave a comment below or call us at 800-413-4799.
Enjoy the sunshine and sandy beaches!