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summer sizzling cars

Looking to ship your car to Hawaii? Want to fit in with the locals? Then check out Hawaii’s summer sizzling cars.

 

It goes without say that the convertible is on the top of the list for this year’s summer sizzling cars. The convertible is without a doubt associated with summer time. A convertible allows you to cruise down the highway, while taking in both the sunshine and summer air breeze. There are a variety of convertible models to fit your style. You can choose from a hard top or soft top, luxurious or sport, 2 door compact or 4 door economy class car. The choices and possibilities for convertibles are endless, making it a sizzling car to add to your summer bucket list.

 

If you are into the beaches, off roading, or mountain driving, then the summer sizzling car that would fit your lifestyle is a jeep. There are a variety of jeeps to choose from. If you like the convertible style, but want a “rougher and tougher” vehicle, then the Jeep Wrangler would be a suitable fit for you. With a removable hard or soft top, you can enjoy the summer time weather and feel, while taking your car on the beach or through the mountains.

 

Not into convertible or jeeps? Then a SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) is next up on Hawaii’s summer sizzling cars. A SUV will provide you with spacious seating, storage, and off- road capabilities. You can strap large materials, fishing poles, and surfboards right to the hood of your car. It can accomodate a larger family or group, as well as be there for all of the summer’s necessities.  

 

Which summer sizzling car is desirable to you and fits your lifestyle? Let us help you ship your convertible, jeep, or SUV down to Hawaii so you can enjoy the Hawaiian lifestyle.

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Stress Free Parking

 

 

Hawaii is known for its beauty, culture, and adventures. Having your car in Hawaii can make enjoying all of what the island has to offer quick and easy. While every day transportation is not a problem, sometimes finding a parking spot can become stressful.  If you follow these stress free parking tips, it could make parking just as easy as the Hawaiian lifestyle. While the lifestyle is considered easy living, it isn’t always the same for parking. 

3 tips to stress free parking in Hawaii:

Take Advantage of Free Parking

Having trouble finding a parking spot depends where you are. The closer you are to downtown areas and attractions, the more stressful parking becomes. Take advantage of free parking whenever you can. Street parking is free, even on Saturdays, Sundays, and weekends. This also includes metered stalls. Going out to dinner? Not a problem. Restaurants offer “Restaurant Row” parking as long as you have merchant validation. Knowing where to park can make for stress free parking.

Parking Garages

Going shopping, for a walk down the main avenue, or running some errands? You may want to take advantage of the private parking lots and garages. Private parking lots and garages offer stress free parking because your car will be secured while you stroll about. You don’t have to worry about leaving lunch to feed the meter. There are many affordable parking garages that won’t break the bank. Many garages offer flat rates for before and after 4pm and on the weekends. For day parking, you can look to pay anywhere from 1.50$ an hour to $3.00 an hour. However, if parking garages are not for you, you can always look for metered parking. Metered parking will cost you about $1.50 per hour.

Reserve Parking

You can now reserve parking before even leaving your home, making parking stress free and convenient. Visit www.bestparking.com to reserve your parking space or download the Best Parking app right on your Smartphone. Best Parking allows you to fill out an online form consisting of the city, location/ town, dates, and times needed. Not sure where to park? You can view maps of attractions and streets to ensure you get the best parking spot close to your destination.  Once your information is plugged in, a list of available parking spots, with rates and special pricing, if applicable, will become available to you. This makes for stress free parking right at your fingertips.

So, let us help you ship your car down to Hawaii, because with these 3 simple tips, you will have a stress free parking experience.

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Moving to Hawaii

Are You Dreaming of Moving to Hawaii?

Turn your dreams into reality by taking the big step and get moving to Hawaii. Hawaii has a lot to offer such as warm weather, beautiful beaches, friendly natives and boundless outdoor activities. If you are moving to Hawaii choosing the right island will make all the difference. Read our Island guide to find the right fit.

Moving to Hawaii

 

The Big Island

Also known as the island of Hawaii, is by far the biggest island. Almost the size of all the other Hawaiian Islands combined. The Big Island has only two cities: Kona and Hilo. Hilo makes up about a third of the island’s population as the Hawaiian islands’ oldest city, while Kona mostly attracts tourists, has the majority of the island’s accommodations, and is a major center for recreational activities. The Big Island is the most geographically diverse of the Hawaiian Islands, including mountains, tropical rain forests, waterfalls, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The Big Island currently has the most affordable real estate of all the islands however it does have a high unemployment rate.

Moving to Hawaii

 

Oahu

Oahu is the third largest island it has the highest population. Oahu is home to Honolulu, Hawaii’s capital and largest city. It has the most jobs, places to live, restaurants, and entertainment options. It has the jobs with the highest salaries although it does have a high cost of living. It is also home to the University of Hawaii.

Moving to Hawaii

Maui

Maui is the second largest island. It is the second largest island for tourism, which attracts about half the visitors of the outer islands.  Maui is becoming increasingly commercialized, but still has a lot to offer as far as outdoor recreation is concerned. It provides a great medium between the city life of Oahu and the laid-back lifestyles of Kauai and the Big Island, which is perfect for everyone.

Moving to Hawaii

 Kauai

Kauai is slightly smaller than Oahu. Kauai is home to the world famous Na Pali Coast, which is Hawaii’s premier hiking destination. Fewer than half the residents of Kauai work and almost half of its workers are employed in tourism industries. It is the least developed of the four main islands, with much of the island’s interior made up of a mountainous forest reserve. Its main attractions are its stunning natural beauty, hiking trails, and white, sandy beaches.

Moving to Hawaii

 

We suggest shipping your vehicle with you when you do make the big move. Shipping your  is easy and affordable. We can ship from anywhere on the mainland and ship over to anywhere in Hawaii. We can even pick up your vehicle directly from your doorstep on the mainland for the ultimate hassle- free experience. Get an instant shipping quote by clicking here or give us a call today at (808)  445-6695

 A Few Reasons Why You Should Consider Going Electric

Why Should Hawaiians Buy Electric Cars?

Drivers are starting to realize the benefits of going electric. There has been a recent increase in demand for electric cars.  Here’s a few reasons why you should consider purchasing an electric car if you are living in Hawaii.

Electric cars are usually more expensive then vehicles that run on gas. The rate for one of the more popular electric models, the Nissan Leaf runs for about $30,000.  There are more affordable options, even for a new vehicle that runs on gas. Although the initial higher costs will be offset by savings in fuel cost. You will save a significant amount when you buy an electric car. Especially in Hawaii where the gas prices are much higher. Hawaii is among one of the top 5 states with the highest gas prices. Studies on electric cars have been done at the University of Michigan’s Transportation research institute. These studies have proven that the owner of an electric vehicle will save about a third more than the conventional driver that runs on gas.  Electric cars are also more affordable to maintain. They also require much less maintenance. Electric cars do not require oil changes, cooling system flushes or transmission servicing. Public charging stations are also becoming more prevalent. Skeptics are realizing it’s becoming more convenient to own an electric car. These vehicles are not only more affordable, but they are also obviously better for the environment. They use renewable energy sources and cause less pollution. Electric cars have become a key component in Hawaii’s pursuit of 100 percent clean energy by the year 2045.

In the end, it’s up to you, would you choose electric?

 

celebrate the holidays

While a snow-covered holiday may be the norm for many, celebrating the holidays in Hawaii has recently become an increasing trend. Aside from the obvious picturesque beauty, the island offers its visitors a unique way to celebrate the holidays.

Here’s a go-to guide on how to celebrate the holidays Hawaii Style!

Santa’s coming to town!: Santa arrives in total Hawaii style. This Christmas don’t miss Santa’s arrival at the Halekulani Hotel.  He will float on to shore in his canoe at 4:30pm. Make sure not to miss him!

Sheraton Waikiki Sand Sculptures: Take a selfie with “Santa’s selfie” and “Santa’s Serenade”. These are two sand sculptures are on display in the lobby of the Sheraton hotel in Waikiki. It’s a sight not to miss, these two sculptures took weeks to create and are beautifully crafted. The hotel is a short walk away from Waikiki beach.

Waikiki Beach Walk: After the selfie stop, make sure to visit this week-long event which runs every night until December 25th.  The walk takes place on Waikiki beach and begins at 6pm.  Enjoy live musical entertainment made to get you in the Christmas spirit- Aloha style.

Kawaiahao Church: Visit the church in downtown Honolulu with your family to see a live nativity display. Showings will take place at 7pm every night until December 23rd. Along with the nativity, enjoy live music and a queens blessing.

Honolulu City Lights: This annual display runs until January 1st. Come see the beautifully lit 50-foot Christmas tree. Enjoy the enormous light display, food, Keiki rides and vendors that all offer fun for the whole family.

Royal Hawaiian Center: The center is open on Christmas eve and Christmas day. Stop by from 6-pm for holiday themed live music and get your picture taken with Santa in front of the uniquely decorated Christmas tree.

Whichever way you choose to celebrate the holidays, we hope everyone has a great time with friends and family.

If you are planning an extended stay in Hawaii, Remember we can always help you by shipping your car over. Shipping your car will save you money on expensive car rental costs. If you’re interested click here for more information.

Hawaii Car Shipping Has Never Been Easier!

Here at Hawaii Car Transport we offer direct vehicle shipping services to Honolulu, Hilo, Kahului, Kona and Nawiliwili – we can safely ship your car to the islands at the guaranteed lowest rates! There are two options available when shipping a vehicle to Hawaii, port-to-port service and door-to-port service. With port to port service, your vehicle will be transported from your port of choice on the mainland to your port of choice in Hawaii. With door to port service, your vehicle will be picked up anywhere nationwide directly from your residence or business and delivered to your port of choice in Hawaii.

We’ve answered some common Hawaii car shipping questions to help you prepare for your  booking.

What do I need to set up my shipment?
• Year, Make & Model of the vehicle
• Vehicle Color
• Vehicle VIN Number
• License Plate Number (If available)

How long will it take to ship my car?
Hawaii car shipping times vary depending on the origin and destination of your shipment. You can visit our transit times page to view delivery times for your specific route.

Can I track the progress of my shipment online?
Yes. Online tracking is available to you 24 hours a day and is updated in real-time. Upon scheduling your shipment, you will receive a unique booking number that will allow you to track the status of your shipment online anytime.

Can I have anything inside my vehicle when shipping?
Your vehicle must be clean and empty. Exceptions are made for child seats, jumper cables, and in some cases automobile parts.

Are there size restrictions on shipping my vehicle?
Yes. The rates provided online apply to standard size vehicles. A standard size vehicle is defined as any passenger automobile not exceeding 21’6″ length x 8′ width x 7′ height. If your vehicle is larger than the standard dimensions, please contact our oversize shipment department by calling (808) 445-6695 to receive a rate for your transportation.

How much gas can I have in my vehicle?
Less than 1/4 tank – no exceptions. This is a coast guard regulation (#176.905). Please note, we do not offer a siphoning service.

What is required on the date of my shipment?
• Copy of booking
• Set of keys
• Vehicle title or lien holder authorization letter (If your vehicle is financed or leased)
• Current registration (If available)
• Picture ID

How can I book my shipment?
For your convenience, you can book your shipment securely online anytime. If you would prefer to set your shipment up with a shipping coordinator, please call (808) 445-6695.

How to Ship Your Car to Hawaii

Shipping a car to Hawaii is a lot more simple than it sounds. We answered some common questions asked to help you prepare for your Hawaii car shipment.

 

What do I need to set up my shipment?

• Year, Make & Model of the vehicle

• Vehicle Color

• Vehicle VIN Number

• License Plate Number (If available)

 

How long will it take to ship my car?

Transit times vary depending on the origin and destination of your shipment. You can visit our transit times page to view delivery times for your specific route.

 

Can I track the progress of my shipment online?

Yes. Online tracking is available to you 24 hours a day and is updated in real-time. Upon scheduling your shipment, you will receive a unique booking number that will allow you to track the status of your shipment online anytime.

 

Can I have anything inside my vehicle when shipping?

Your vehicle must be clean and empty. Exceptions are made for child seats, jumper cables, and in some cases automobile parts.

 

How do I pay for my shipment?

We accept Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover, electronic transfer, money orders, and company checks. Payment must be made in full prior to the date of your shipment.

 

Are there size restrictions on shipping my vehicle?

Yes. The rates provided online apply to standard size vehicles. A standard size vehicle is defined as any passenger automobile not exceeding 21’6″ length x 8′ width x 7′ height. If your vehicle is larger than the standard dimensions, please contact our oversize shipment department by calling (808) 445-6695 to receive a rate for your transportation.

 

How much gas can I have in my vehicle?

Less than 1/4 tank – no exceptions. This is a coast guard regulation (#176.905). Please note, we do not offer a siphoning service.

 

What is required on the date of my shipment?

• Copy of booking

• Set of keys

• Vehicle title or lien holder authorization letter (If your vehicle is financed or leased)

• Current registration (If available)

• Picture ID

 

How can I book my shipment?

For your convenience, you can book your shipment securely online anytime. If you would prefer to set your shipment up with a shipping coordinator, please call (808) 445-6695.

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Tips on moving to Hawaii

Turn your dream of moving to paradise a reality.  Make sure to do your homework and research well before you take the big step.  Here are some tips to help you out along the way.

 Budget Finances

Hawaii has one of the highest costs of living in the United States. Make sure to plan out and budget your finances correctly.

 Culture

Hawaii has its own style and culture.  Life is more laid back and slow paced. In general things will take longer to get done (like getting your mattress delivered) since business runs slowly. Keep this in mind when planning your move. It’s a big cultural change for many people so be prepared to slow down.

Employment

Finding a job may take longer in Hawaii keep this in consideration. Make sure to tart your job search in advance. Start your job search after you have arrived, it’s easier to secure a job when you are in Hawaii.  There is a high turnover rate of people that move here and miss home. This sometimes makes companies hesitant of hiring people that have just moved here. Make it known that you here to stay.

 Enjoy

Hawaii is beautiful year round take advantage of this. Experience the beauty Hawaii offers by keeping active outdoors, eating fresh organic foods and taking a dip in the ocean whenever you want. If you start to miss home on the mainland think of why you moved there in the first place and Embrace your new life on “Hawaiian Time”.

 

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Hawaii FireworksMake this independence day the most memorable yet. Here is a list of 4th of July celebrations and firework displays throughout Hawaii.

Oahu

Moana Beach Park

One of the largest and most popular fireworks shows in Hawaii. We recommend you plan ahead as it does fill up fast. Plan to get there early so you can find parking easily and a get a good viewing spot in the park. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. Make sure to tune into 92.3 FM radio to listen to the music the fireworks are choreographed to.

Kailua Fireworks and Airshow

This is a spectacular airshow that includes fireworks and live entertainment viewable from any part of Kailua Beach Park. The show starts at 6pm. Parking is limited however a free shuttle service is provided.

Picnic on the Pier at Pearl Harbor

This 4th of July you can celebrate with a picnic on one of the most historic ships, the USS Missouri. This family friendly event begins at 6pm. You are welcomed to bring your own packed picnic dinner or you can purchase food there. Food and craft beers are available for purchase by Gordon Biersch. There will be live entertainment and children’s activities being held.  The fireworks show begins at 9 p.m. and can be viewed from the pier or on deck.

 

Kauai

Kekaha Celebration Event

Kekaha (on the west side of Kauai) hosts a large celebration full of food booths, crafts, rides for the kids and a plantation museum tour. The celebration begins at 4pm. There will be a large firework display at night along with live music. The event will take place in Faye Park, Alae Rd, Kekaha.

Lihue Independence Day Celebration

This celebration includes a 3-D firework display accompanied by live music. The show begins at 4pm and will take place in the Vidinha Soccer Field, Hoolako St, Lihue.

 

Maui

Lahaina Fireworks

The only fireworks taking place in Maui will be displayed in Lahaina. This annual gathering will include a parade, a classic car showcase, shopping, live entertainment, all along with food and drink specials. The firework show starts at 8pm.

 

Hawaii Island

Turtle Independence Day Celebration

Every year Oahu’s Sea Life Park raises and cares for turtles on the grounds of Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows. On the fourth of July they hold a ceremony when releasing these turtles back into the ocean. This event is held to celebrate and teach the public about Hawaii’s green sea turtles.

Hilo Bay Blast

This family friendly event held at the Mooheau Park Bandstand on Hilo’s bay front.  The day will consist of cook –offs, Karaoke contests, games, and a firework display over Hilo bay. The celebration begins at 8pm.

Visiting Hawaii

 

When visiting Hawaii, you will be, of course, excited beyond belief. You’ll want to spend some time, though, planning what to bring with you.There’s lots to see and do beyond the usual tourist stuff. You might sign up for a backpacking trip on the Kalalau Trail or in Haleakala National Park. You might even consider roughing it in paradise while camping out in Kalalau.

Whether you are taking on nature or nurturing yourself in luxury accommodations, here is a list of must-have items to bring when visiting  Hawaii:

 Gear

If you have, it bring it. Know your itinerary beforehand. This will help alleviate spending time searching for and renting gear once you get to the islands. When you visit Hawaii, you want to spend more time doing activities than planning

– Hiking shoes; if you have them, brinthem. There are so many gorgeous trails with breathtaking views on the islands of Hawaii, you’ll be glad you did.

– Waterproof lightweight jacket/sweater for nighttime

– Wear layers; you can bring a carry on with a mix of a little bit of everything

 

Protective Gear 

– Regardless of how you think you may look in a hat, it’s advisable to pack a hat or visor.

– Sunscreen – it’s better to bring your own than to pay high prices once you arrive on the islands.

– Extra shades – if you have an extra pair of sunglasses, bring a backup pair

– Don’t forget to pack extra contact lenses; the beach, sand and surf can wreak havoc on them.

 

Beach Bag Tote

Have you ever gone on vacation and forgotten your beach tote and find yourself carrying your beach wares in a plastic bag? Beach totes are easy enough to fold up small and pack in your suitcase.

 

Beach Towel

Bring your own beach towels; you’ll be glad you did, especially if the hotel has a laundry service. You can just pop in the swimwear and beach towels and be ready to go again the next day. Don’t buy beach towels on vacation. Save room in your suitcase for souvenirs.

 

Aloe Vera

Nobody wants to plan on getting sunburn, but if you do, you’ll be delighted that you packed some aloe vera cream in case the discomfort of sunburn hits in the middle of the night. When you are out having so much fun in the sun, it’s easy to lose track of applying that extra layer of sunscreen.

Your Itinerary

Make an itinerary before you go. How many times have you found yourself on vacation and asking everyone what they want to do only to get three or four different answers? When you have an itinerary, you don’t waste valuable vacation time.

Your Own Water Bottle

Pack your own water bottle you can refill. This saves you money. Moreover, lots of places in Hawaii are remote and use a “bring in/carry out” policy.

Electronics

 Don’t forget your phone, camera, and computer charger, and your memory card. These items are quite expensive if you need to buy them while on vacation.

With these top must-have items, you’ll spend less time preparing and more time enjoying paradise.

Are you planning an extended vacation in Hawaii? Ship your car it will be more affordable then rental costs. Get a quote here.