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How much does it cost to move to Hawaii?

August 2nd, 2017 - 2:06 PM

Hawaii moving costs explained​

In 2016, the U.S. Census reported an estimated 3,400 people moved to Hawaii — not a completely surprising statistic considering the island’s white sand beaches, fresh seafood and endless adventures. But while moving to Hawaii has some obvious appeal, relocation costs might be a big concern. Take a look at what expenses you should budget for, learn about affordable moving options and find out how to save even more. 


What affects the cost to move to Hawaii?

A move to Hawaii is different from a move in the lower 48 — mainly because there’s an ocean to cross. With this in mind, it makes sense that a move from Portland, OR to Hilo, HI might cost more than relocating from New York to San Francisco. But this doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune. U-Pack®is an affordable self-moving company where you do the packing, loading and unloading, and we transport your belongings to the island. Our costs depend on:

  • Equipment type. U-Pack offers two equipment options for moves to Hawaii — ReloCube® containers and ocean containers. ReloCubes are 6’ x 7’ x 8’ metal containers that hold the contents of one room (you can use multiple Cubes). Ocean containers are 40’ in length and can hold 44,000 lbs., which is ideal for a larger move. With both types, costs are per container, rather than the weight of the shipment. Availability, the size of your home and our service area will help determine the cheaper option for your move.
  • Origin and destination. The distance to and from your current home to your new home can make a difference in the move cost. The containers have to travel to Los Angeles, CA, set sail to Hawaii, and then be transported to your home. Our main service center is in Honolulu, so islands other than Oahu require additional shipping.
  • Move date. Off-peak times (weekdays and mid-month) are more affordable for moving because there is less demand for equipment.
  • Delivery. U-Pack offers several delivery options. You can have items shipped door-to-door or you can load, unload (or both) at a local service center, which may reduce the cost. Note: Some Hawaii locations only have service center unloading.

Example moves

Here are some sample costs for relocating a studio apartment using one ReloCube container door-to-door (prices can change daily and are based on factors like where you’re moving from and to, when you’re moving and the size of the move):

  • A move from Dallas, TX to Honolulu would cost approximately $3,650.
  • A move from Kansas City, MO to Kona would cost approximately $4,500.
  • A move from Philadelphia, PA to Kahului would cost approximately $4,200.

Want to know how much your move would cost? Get a free moving quote to see the available options. Quotes include equipment, transportation, loading and unloading time (3 business days for each), liability coverage and taxes.

Additional services

Getting your belongings to Hawaii is important, but there may be other things to take care of. When budgeting, consider these potential costs:

  • Storage. Storage is available for moves into Hawaii. If you’re moving to the island of Oahu the container can be stored at the service center in Honolulu or if you’re moving to one of the other islands you can store at the service center closest to your origin or in Los Angeles. A moving consultant can help determine the best option. Storage rates are per container, per 30 days. Contact a moving consultant at 800-413-4799 for more information.
  • Auto shipping. Since you can’t drive to Hawaii, vehicles have to be shipped there.  We recommend Mr. Car Shipper. Call 877-528-9627 for a quote.

How to cut costs on your move

If you’re looking to reduce moving costs even more, here are a few tips:

  • Use less space. Since costs are on a per-container basis, moving less stuff can make a difference. If you think it’s possible to go from three Cubes down to two, you’ll see significant savings.
  • Let us know why you’re moving. U-Pack offers military and student discounts, so let us know if you qualify.
  • Reserve online. Every little bit counts! If you reserve the move online, you’ll save $25.

Have questions about moving to Hawaii?

If you need help getting a quote, comparing costs or just want more information on how U-Pack works, call us at 800-413-4799 or leave a comment below.