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Benefits of driving an electric car in Hawaii

There are numerous benefits to driving an electric car outside of the obvious contribution you are making to the environment. If you live in Hawaii and drive an electric car, you will receive the following benefits:

  • You will save money on gas – Even though gas prices are fairly low and have been that way for a while, you can still save about a third of the money you would be normally spending on gas.
  • You will get a big tax credit – When you buy an electric car, you can earn a federal tax rebate of up to $7,500.
  • Better parking opportunities all over Hawaii – There are specific (and free!) spaces on the street and in municipal lots all over Hawaii for electric vehicles.
  • Use the carpool lane without carpooling – In Hawaii, you will be legally allowed to use the carpool lane with only yourself in the car if you are driving an electric vehicle.
  • You will qualify for $50 of free charging – When you register your electric car on the Project Footprint website, you will qualify for fifty free dollars’ worth of charging at Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light vehicle charging stations.

 

Places you can charge your car

  • Oahu

  • Molokai

  • Maui

  • Hawaii

    • 65-1158 Mamalahoa Hwy Waimea, HI 96743
      • per kWh rates: 51¢ (9am – 5pm), 63¢ (5pm – 10pm), 61¢ (10pm – 9am)
      • 24/7 operation
      • Payment by Credit card, Greenlots Network, or “Nissan No Charge to Charge”
    • 68-1330 Mauna Lani Drive Kamuela, HI 96743
      • per kWh rates: 51¢ (9am – 5pm), 63¢ (5pm – 10pm), 61¢ (10pm – 9am)
      • 24/7 operation
      • Payment only by Greenlots Network smartphone app or “Nissan No Charge to Charge”
    • 74-5519 Kaiwi Street Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
      • per kWh rates: 51¢ (9am – 5pm), 63¢ (5pm – 10pm), 61¢ (10pm – 9am)
      • 24/7 operation
      • Payment by credit card, Greenlots Network, or “Nissan No Charge to Charge”
    • 1200 Kilauea Avenue Hilo, HI 96720
      • per kWh rates: 51¢ (9am – 5pm), 63¢ (5pm – 10pm), 61¢ (10pm – 9am)
      • 24/7 operation
      • Payment by credit card, Greenlots Network, or “Nissan No Charge to Charge”

 

Hawaii’s Electrification of Transportation Strategic Roadmap

Hawaii’s Electrification of Transportation Strategic Roadmap (or EoT) is Hawaii’s strategic plan and vision for a future with a transportation system that runs entirely or almost entirely on electricity. With several initiatives that encourage the use of electronic vehicles, the EoT hopes to have Hawaii’s transportation gas-free by the year 2045.

There are five primary ways in which Hawaiian Electric Company plans to reach this goal over the next twenty-five years:

  1. They will work closely with auto-makers and dealers to get the cost of buying an electric vehicle lowered while also doing everything possible to educate customers.
  2. They will work to facilitate and speed up the build out of the infrastructure of charging throughout the state of Hawaii. Making charging as easy and available as possible will help motivate people to go electric with their vehicles.
  3. They are going to help bus and public transportation operators prepare and transition to electric only vehicles.
  4. They will create programs that will benefit both electric vehicle drivers and all electric grid customers by producing more grid service opportunities.
  5. They will coordinate with city and electric grid planning efforts in order to make sure that many more electric vehicle charging stations are properly planned for.

 

Common questions

  • How do the charging rates work?
  • The charging rates are calculated after a new meter is installed at your home. It can either be a completely new meter which can measure both your regular home energy use as well as your electric vehicle charging use, or a separate meter can be installed just to measure your vehicle charging.

    Rates for vehicle charging are different throughout the day. This is to prevent a surge of charging at one particular time. Rates are cheapest during the day between 9 AM and 5 PM in order to discourage surge charging immediately before and after those times.

  • Do I get any sort of tax break for driving an electric vehicle?
  • You will get a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 dollars. The amount you get for this tax break will be dependent on your other tax exemptions, your tax bracket and other variables. You can find out more information at https://afdc.energy.gov/laws/.

  • What should I consider before buying an electric car?
  • Before you buy an electric car, you should consider the details of your electric vehicle purchase most of all. This means that you need to think about whether or not to get a pure electric vehicle or a hybrid. You will also need to consider things like getting the proper cords in order to charge it with.
    Also realize, there are a few scattered charging stations across the several Hawaiian Islands, however they are still pretty far and few. Make sure you can get by most days with just charging your car at home once or twice.

  • Can I get a charger for my electric car installed at my house?
  • Yes, it is possible to get a charger installed at your home for your electric vehicle. Whether you, specifically, will be able to will be dependent on your home’s capacity for energy use. The majority of more modern homes will have no issues getting chargers installed.

  • How long will it take to charge my car?
  • It will typically take about half an hour to get get your car about eighty percent charged.

 

Conclusion

Hawaii is “all in” on electric vehicles right now. The state is looking for as many people as possible to start using electric cars. So, the incentives will only get better in the coming years. Primarily, the state is looking to reduce their carbon-emission footprint by as much as possible and to the point that they become a leading example for the rest of the world.

If you already have an EV and you need to ship your electric car to Hawaii, get in touch with the auto transport experts at Hawaii Car Transport today!

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Hawaii has some of the most lush and beautiful off-road destinations in the world. You can reach these destinations by walking but if you have a vehicle with the capability to make the “off-road” trip and you have the driving expertise, then you should absolutely consider driving to these wonderous spots.

Visiting these places is definitely the furthest into Hawaii’s under-belly you will be able to get. These destinations also offer some of the most incredible picture opportunities in all of Hawaii.
 

What cars you can go off-roading with

If you are going to take your car off-road in Hawaii you should be sure that your vehicle has the appropriate specifications to do so. Having car trouble on the street it is inconvenient while having car trouble off-road is much more likely to result in injury or death.

If you are planning on driving off-road your car should have the following:

  • Off-road tires
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Ground clearance
  • Limited slip differentials

There are several cars on the market that offer those specifications in spades.
The best vehicles to go off-roading with in 2019 are:

  • Jeep Wrangler – Long considered the undisputed king of off-road driving, the Jeep Wrangler is easily the best value on the list and is likely also the best choice overall. It has some of the most renowned traction and ground clearance in the off-roading community. The Wrangler also boasts the option of a V6 or four-cylinder engine.
  • Land Rover Range Rover – The Range Rover is often referred to as the “hotel on wheels” because of how incredibly luxurious the 4X4 is. It is known for is great ground clearance, capability to climb obstacles and ability to drive in almost three feet of water.
  • Ram 1500 Rebel – The Ram 1500 Rebel will help you get off road with some serious cargo space in tow. This truck also flaunts shock absorbers and a skid plate for all of your tough-terrain driving needs. It includes the option for a V6 or Hemi V8 engine.
  • Toyota 4Runner – Toyota’s 4Runner is a very safe choice for off-roading with its shocks, suspension and skid plate. Over the years, the 4 Runner has become known for its durability as well as its reliability.
  • Nissan Armada – The Nissan Armada is a four-wheel drive with an exceptionally durable frame. It also has some of the best towing capacity on the list with the ability to tow over eight thousand pounds.

 

Where you can go off-roading in Hawaii

As we mentioned earlier, there are a bunch of great places to go off-roading in Hawaii. However, you should be aware that in several of these areas off-roading permits will be required.

So, if you plan on venturing out to one of these destinations, you should check first to see if there are any permits required for your particular off-road excursion. For more information, you can visit the Hawaii Division of State Parks website.

  • Polihale Ridge Road
  • A smaller and pretty narrow road on the island of Kauai, this technically isn’t “off-road” but you will need a vehicle capable of off-road driving to travel on it. After about ten or fifteen minutes on the road, you will eventually arrive at Na Pali Coast beach.

    This is one of the more beautiful and remote beaches in Hawaii. You won’t need to worry about a crowd here. The only problem is that you won’t get any help or rescue if you need it either because of how remote it is, so, be careful.

  • Molokai Forest Reserve Road
  • This is definitely a drive you will want to take slow because it is not an easy off-road drive but also because the trail has some great sights. Many report that it feels like a scene out of Jurassic Park without the dinosaurs.

    Towards the end of the road/trail (many people choose to hike it, so be on the lookout for hikers!), you will arrive at the scenic Wailoku Overlook. It will, however, take you about an hour to get there because of the slow speed you will need to maintain on your way there.

  • Mauna Loa Observatory
  • Once again, this is another drive that technically is not “off-road” but might as well be. The stretch of road leading up to the observatory is almost eighteen miles long. It is not a particularly difficult drive with a couple of curves and twists, but the main catch is the elevation.

    This is one of the highest roads in the world and the ascent is pretty steep as well. The road itself is in pretty bad condition which is why we decided to include it on this list of places to off-road. In fact, it is recommended that those with breathing or heart issues not make the trip because of the altitude increase along the drive.

    The drive ends with the actual Mauna Loa Observatory which is one of the most unique atmospheric research facilities in the world. This is because they get some of the purest, most un-adulterated data about the atmosphere here due to the lack of interference from people, animals and trees.

  • Munro Trail
  • A one lane wide trail for most of the almost thirteen-mile journey, Munro Trail might be the best off-road experience that you can have in Hawaii. That is because the trail stretches through the lush green rainforest and up through several scenic overlooks over the ocean where, at certain points, you will be able to see other Hawaiian Islands.

    The trail is on the island of Lanai and is not too difficult to traverse if you have some experience with off-roading and the proper vehicle, of course.

  • Polipoli Access Road
  • The Polipoli Access Road is another off-road excursion for only the experienced off-road drivers. There are many potholes and there are typically several downed trees, but the trek is well worth it. It is a really breathtaking rain forest experience.

    It can be pretty windy at times so be sure to drive with caution throughout the seven-mile journey.

  • Skyline Switchback
  • Scenic views and pretty flowers are top highlights of Hawaii’s Skyline Switchback. The trail has several types of terrain including rock and dirt. Be careful when you are driving it – there are no guard rails on the higher parts of the trail.

    Be on the lookout for grazing cows while driving on this trail. Hitting one can set you back several thousand dollars.

  • Green Sand Beach
  • Green Sand Beach features magnificent views from it’s infamous cliff. In certain areas, the sand will actually appear to be green. It is quite a sight to see.

    The drive will take a little less than two hours. Be on the lookout for hikers while driving.

  • Ainapo Trail
  • The Ainapo trail is a dirt road that is not well maintained. It is fairly difficult to drive on, so be sure you have a vehicle that has the ability to make the trip. A four by four is highly recommended.
    There is no permit required but there is a gate with a lock on it so you will need to call Kapapala Ranch at 808-928-8403 for the combination.

    This trail is perfect for off-roading enthusiasts and has great access to some really eye-catching Hawaiian forest.

  • Mauna Kea Access Road
  • A fifteen-mile drive, Mauna Kea Access Road is one of the toughest drives in all of Hawaii. It is worth it though. At the summit, there are legendary views of the island as well as one of the best views of a sunset you will ever see.

    It is also one of the highest roads in the world. So, if you have breathing or heart issue, this is not the trip for you.

  • Poamoho Hele Loa Road
  • Driving on Poamoho Hele Loa Road requires that you get a permit but it is well worth the ten or so day wait. You must also have a four by four in order to drive this trail. Be ready for a fairly difficult and, possibly, muddy drive.

    The off-roading leads to a hiking only trails that many will swear has the best views in all of Hawaii.

  • Mokuleia Firebreak Road (Mauka)
  • The lead in to the best forest reserves in Hawaii, Mokuleia Firebreak Road is an off-road excursion you won’t want to miss. This is a great spot for pictures as well as bird-watching. The road is entirely made of dirt so be prepared to get a car wash once your trip is over.

    You will need a permit so be sure to look into that.

 

Tips for going off-roading in Hawaii

  • Stop and check out the obstacle first – Before you try and traverse a pile of large rocks or a downed tree, be sure to get out of your vehicle and take a closer look. Doing so might help you avoid flat tires or other damage to your car.
  • Keep your thumbs off of the inside of the steering wheel – Be sure that you keep your thumbs on the outside of the steering wheel. If you hit a bump (which you will pretty regularly), you could injure your thumbs pretty easily if they are on the inside of the steering wheel.
  • Use a lower gear – Keep your revolutions per minute low. You will only need to crank this up if you have an obstacle to get over.
  • Take it slow – Driving slowly will give you more time to react to obstacles in the road. It will also decrease the chance of an accident.

 

Conclusion

Off-roading is one of the best ways to see and experience all that Hawaii’s natural beauty has to offer.

You won’t want to attempt this in a rental car either. That could end up costing you a bunch of money. Ship your car to Hawaii and off-road the right way.

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The basics

Dates and times

Hawaii’s first International Auto Show will take place from Friday, March 29th through Sunday, March 31st 2019! The show opens on Friday at noon and at 10 AM on Saturday and Sunday. The show will end at 10 PM on Friday and Saturday and at 7 PM on Sunday.

Tickets

The cost for a ticket will be ten dollars for anyone thirteen years old and above, eight dollars for military members with valid ID, seven dollars for senior citizens who are sixty-two years old and older with valid ID and free for kids twelve and under. You can buy tickets here.

Free subscription to Motor Trend Magazine

Every one who buys a ticket and attends will receive a free one year subscription to Motor Trend Magazine as well.

Parking

There will be a parking garage at the convention center offering parking for the duration of the event each day for a small additional fee.
 

Cars you need to see

There will be a ton of must-see cars at this show but you definitely won’t want to miss any of these:

  • Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio
  • Bently’s Continental
  • Ferrari’s 488 Spider
  • Lamborghini’s Performante
  • Maserati’s Quattroporte
  • Kia’s Niro Triathalon
  • Hyundai’s Kona
  • And much more…

 

Participating car clubs

  • Aloha Mustang and Shelby Club of Hawaii – Early Ford Mustang Owners in O’ahu. Features all mustangs from 1964 to the present as well as some Shelby American Mustangs.
  • Corvette Club of Hawaii – Founded in 1973, the club honors any and all corvettes.
  • Antique Automobile Club of America – The club features various types of antique cars. At this year’s show they will showcase the Model A and cars from the 1950’s.
  • Volkswagen Club of Hawaii – This club features all classic VW models from the Beetle to the Cabrio.
  • 808 Supra Club – For almost two decades this club has been honoring all versions of the 808 Supra.
  • Sports Car Club of America – As a national organization the Sports Car Club of America has over 55,000 members with over 300 in Hawaii.
  • Cobra Club of Hawaii – A club dedicated to the 289 Cobra and how it changed racing forever.

 

Interactive experiences

There are a few really cool exhibitions where you can go-hands on at the first International Auto Show in Hawaii. Don’t miss these!

  • Distracted Driving Simulator – You will get a virtual demonstration of distracted driving inside of a real car. You will be able to see how driving while distracted with your phone can decrease reaction time dramatically and can have life altering consequences.
  • Texaco Kids Test Drive – Children from ages three to seven will be able to drive around in battery powered miniature luxury cars on their very own test track.
  • Drive Electric Hawaii – You can test drive an electric car as long as you are over the age of eighteen and have a valid driver’s license.

 

Directions

The show will be taking place at the Hawaii Convention Center which is located at 1801 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815.
You can get directions by clicking on this link and entering your address.
 

Enjoy the show

This is historic because it is the very first time that Hawaii will have an International Auto Show. Be sure you make it down for at least a day of the event, you won’t want to miss it!

If you need your car shipped there or you just need to ship your vehicle to Hawaii in general, let us take the stress out of the process. Get a free quote today!

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Each of the following vehicle pick-up areas will have several locations where your car can end up being shipped. You will be notified well ahead of time of which exact address your car will be delivered to.
 

Honolulu

There are several locations in Honolulu where your car can be picked up from:

  • 1001 Ahua Street, Honolulu HI 96819

    Phone: (866) 363-7485
    Hours of Operation: Appointment required; Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9:00am to 3:00pm
    Four free days of holding.

  • 933A North Nimitz Highway, Honolulu, HI 96817

    Phone: (866) 363-7485
    Hours of Operation: Appointment required; Monday-Friday, 9:00am to 2:00pm
    Four free days of holding.

  • Piers 1-2, Fort Armstrong, Forrest Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96814
  • Phone: (866) 363-7485
    Hours of Operation: Appointment required; Monday-Friday, 7:00am to 11:30am and 1:00pm to 3:00pm
    Four free days of holding.

  • 1411 Sand Island Pkwy, Honolulu, HI 96819
  • Phone: 1-800-462-8766
    Hours of Operation: Mondays – Friday 8:00am – 11:30am & 1:00pm – 3:00pm
    Two free days of holding.

 

Hilo

There are two locations in Honolulu where your car can be picked up from:

  • 456 Kalanianaole Avenue, Hilo HI 96720

    Phone: (866) 363-7485
    Hours of Operation: Appointment required; Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    Two free days of holding.

  • 55 Kahanu Street, Hilo, HI 96720

    Phone: 1-800-462-8766
    Hours of Operation: Appointment required; 7:30am – 11:30am 1:00pm – 3:00pm
    Two free days of holding.

 

Kahului

There are two locations in Honolulu where your car can be picked up from:

  • Pier 1 – 130 Ala Luina, Kahului HI 96732

    Phone: (866) 363-7485
    Hours of Operation: Appointment required; Monday-Friday, 7:00am to 11:30am and 1:00pm to 3:30pm
    Two free days of holding.

  • Pier 1 – 105 Ala Luina Street, Kahului, HI 96732

    Phone: 1-800-462-8766
    Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 7:00am – 11:30am 1:00pm – 3:00pm
    Two free days of holding.

 

Kawaihae

  • Kawaihae Harbor, Kawaihae, HI 96743

    Phone: 1-800-462-8766
    Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 7:00am – 11:30am 1:00pm – 3:00pm
    Two free days of holding.

 

Nawiliwili

  • Pier 2 – Nawiliwili Harbor, Lihue, HI 96766

    Phone: 1-800-462-8766
    Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday (Except Wed) 7:00am – 11:30am 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Wednesday
    7:00am – 11:30am
    Two free days of holding.

 

Tips for picking your car up at the port

This is the final step in your car shipping process. After picking up your car, you will be all set in Hawaii.

  • Inspect the vehicle thoroughly – You need to check your vehicle thoroughly for any damage. If there is any damage, be sure to tell a representative if there is any so they can mark it on the Bill of Lading so you can file a claim. Once they notate this, try to be sure to file an insurance claim within twenty-four hours.

  • Get your car washed – Your car will likely have some dust or dirt on it from the shipping process. The hull of the ship can be fairly dusty at times.
  • Get your car inspected – You should get your car inspected so that you can get any issues fixed that may have occurred during shipping such as your alignment be slightly knocked off.
  • Fill up your gas tank – Remember to get your gas tank filled because there was only a quarter of a tank when you handed the car over.

 

Conclusion

Your car will get to Hawaii without an issue. The only question is where you will pick up your car. You should make sure you get a drop-off location from your auto transport company before your car even gets picked up. We can ship your car to Hawaii and make the process a breeze if you need.

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The cheapest flights to Hawaii

If you are traveling to Hawaii with your car, you will have no choice but to ship your vehicle and take a flight yourself. With that in mind, you will likely still want to save as much money as you can. One way you could accomplish that is by doing your due diligence and finding an inexpensive flight there.

You can use the following list to compare and save on flights to Hawaii:

  • FareCompare – FareCompare is a great airfare comparison site with multiple options for flights to Hawaii from the mainland United States. It was founded about fifteen years ago.
  • Kayak – Kayak is one of the most identifiable names in travel comparison pricing. Originally founded in 2004 as its own company, Kayak was acquired by Priceline in 2013. It is one of the best travel metasearch engines on the market and has many offerings for Hawaiian flights.
  • Hawaiian Airlines – Hawaiian Airlines is the most recognizable name when it comes to Hawaiian flights. It also has the best reputation with customer as it routinely has the least cancellations and baggage handling mistakes.
  • AirtoHawaii – AirtoHawaii is owned and operated by Panda Travel which is one of Hawaii’s oldest travel agencies. AirtoHawaii has long been widely used as a local favorite travel comparison site.
  • Skyscanner – Skyscanner is a subsidiary of Ctrip which is the largest travel company in China. It offers comparison pricing on many global flights including to and from Hawaii. It has won several awards and accolades for its capabilities and convenience.

 

The most convenient flights to Hawaii

Comfort and convenience might reign supreme for you. If this is the case, you might want to consider some different options for your flight to Hawaii.

Fly with the following airlines to ensure the most convenience during your Hawaiian flight:

  • American Airlines – American Airlines is the world’s biggest airline. So, it should come as no surprise that they have many comfortable choices available when it comes to flights to Hawaii.
  • Hawaiian Airlines – Hawaiian Airlines was founded about ninety years ago and is the tenth biggest commercial airline in the United States. As you might imagine because of their name, they have a massive amount of flight options to and from Hawaii.
  • Delta Airlines – Delta Airlines is the second biggest airline in the world. It is nearly a hundred years old and is one of the more trusted names in air travel. It offers many flights to and from Hawaii.

 

Tips for flying to Hawaii

Any flight (especially longer ones like a flight to Hawaii) can be full of annoyances such as delays. However, you can do your best to be properly prepared thus making the likelihood of any inconveniences much less likely.

Use this list to prepare for your flight to Hawaii:

  • Try to plan as far ahead as possible – Planning your flight a month or more ahead of time can help you save a decent amount of money. This will also give you the most amount of time to plan for the other parts of your trip including shipping a car to Hawaii.
  • If you are a senior or student you likely qualify for a discount – If you are a student with a valid student ID card or over the age of fifty-five with proof you can earn up to twenty-five percent off your Hawaiian flight.
  • Bring ear plugs – The flight to Hawaii can be an extremely long one. It usually takes between six and eighteen hours depending on where you travel from in the continental United States. Either way, you will likely want to sleep at some point. So, be sure that you bring earplugs just in case the flight or someone on the flight is to noisy.
  • Dress for Hawaiian weather – If you are coming from a cooler weather area you won’t want to get stuck arriving in Hawaii all bundled up. If it’s freezing out where you are departing from, bring a coat that you can easily take off and carry or slip into your luggage once you arrive in Hawaii.
  • Gum can help relieve any flight related pressure in your head – Believe it or not, chewing some gum on your flight could help you relieve any inner-ear pressure you feel due to altitude changes.

 

Conclusion

A Hawaiian flight can be frustrating as well as bothersome at points but if you plan ahead and prepare properly, your flight could end up being much more enjoyable.

One thing that should not be a bother is your auto transport. If you are on your way to Hawaii and need your car shipped there, we can help you out. Get a free quote today!

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Once you ship your car to Hawaii, you will eventually need to get it serviced for one reason or another. Maybe it is as simple as an oil change. Maybe your air conditioning stopped working which could be a nightmare because of the warm Hawaiian climate.

Either way, there are many great places that can take care of these issues for a very reasonable price.

From Maui to Lanai, we have compiled the best service centers for your car that you will be able to find in Hawaii.
 

Maui

  • I.H. Auto Service – Founded in 2013, I.H. Auto Service offers inspections, oil changes and repairs of all kinds. They list their labor rate as seventy-eight dollars per hour on their site. You can contact them at (808) 249-2027.
  • SR Discount Tire – Offering both tire services as well as repair services, SR Discount Tire can help you with pretty much any of your auto service needs. They offer new and used tire services as well as service for air conditioning, body work, paint, suspension, alignment and much more. You can contact them at (808) 870-7070.
  • Ed’s Union Service – Opened in 1969, Ed’s Union Service station offers a variety of services. These services include tire repair, air conditioning service, oil changes and more. You might need to make an appointment for any larger repairs, call them at (808) 661-3055.
  • Kihei Automotive – Offering a wide variety of services from oil changes (which you need an appointment for) to diagnostics, and most mechanical repairs like air conditioning and transmission. You can call them at (808) 875-0400.
  • M&M Auto Repair – M&M Mobile Auto Repair is an auto repair service that comes to you. Their services include: oil change, brake repairs, suspension, air conditioning service, transmission service and more. You can call them for an estimate today at (808) 268-2931.

 

Oahu

  • Mike’s AC & Auto Repair – Mike’s AC & Auto Repair opened in 2007 and has extensive experience with air conditioning repair and service. They also offer general auto repair services including brakes, radiators and tune-ups. You can contact them at (808) 673-8188.
  • Chung’s Alignment & Auto Service – Chung’s Alignment & Auto Service open almost twenty years ago. They offer a wide range of automotive services including: air conditioning, alignment, brakes, oil changes, suspensions, radiators and much more. You can contact them for an appointment at (808) 744-8692.
  • Hawaii Mobile Auto Repair – Hawaii Mobile Auto Repair will come to you for your auto service needs, just as their name suggests. You will need to contact them in order to learn more about their services. Call them at (808) 425-9880.
  • A-1 Auto Repair – Opened in 1997, A-1 Auto repair offers service for brakes, oil changes, air conditioning, engine repair, batteries, diagnostics, radiators, tires and more. You can get in touch with them at (808) 842-7700.
  • Chik’s Auto Air Inc. – With over forty-five years of experience of servicing A/Cs, Chicks Auto Air Inc. is a great choice for your car’s air conditioning needs. They also perform other minor auto repairs as well. Contact them to see what they can do for you at (808) 591-1726 .

 

Kauai

  • Destination Autoworks – Destination Autoworks has been in business for over fifteen years now. They provide many different automotive services from routine safety checks to complete transmission overhauls. Call them at (808) 246-9700.
  • Bumper and Dent Co. – Bumper and Dent Co. specialize in dent repair but they also offer air conditioning service, glass service and much more. Call them for an estimate at (808) 990-1048.
  • Kevin’s Automotive Repair – Kevin’s Automotive Repair has been in business for nearly fifteen years. They offer transmission services, brake service, air conditioning service, inspections, oil changes and much more. You can get it touch with them at (808) 822-7507.

 

Molokai

  • I.H. Auto Service – Serving a larger part of Hawaii, I.H. makes the list again for Molokai. Contact them to see how they can help you with your auto service needs (808) 249-2027.
  • Mike’s Automotive – Fully experienced with all forms of mechanical and electrical automotive repair, Mike’s has been a community favorite for years. Get it touch with them at (808) 877-5616.
  • Maui Oil Change & Tune Up – Maui Oil Change & Tune Up has been in business for two decades. They specialize in tune-ups, air conditioning, batteries, tires and more. You can give them a call at (808) 877-7522.
  • Uptown Automotive – Uptown Automotive offers air conditioning service, alignment, brake service, transmission service and much more. You can contact them by calling (808) 249-2229‎.

 

Lanai

  • I.H. Auto Service – Serving a larger part of Hawaii, I.H. makes the list again for Lanai. Contact them to see how they can help you with your auto service needs (808) 249-2027.
  • Kihei Automotive – With over seventy years of experience between all of their mechanics, Kihiei Automotive is a great choice for your auto service needs. The offer service for your brakes, steering, transmission, engine, suspension and much more including oil changes. Call them at (808) 875-0400.
  • Ed’s Union Service – Ed’s Union Service has over forty years of experience. They offer oil changes, tire repair, air conditioning service and more. You can call them at (808) 661-3055.
  • Island Automotive Center – With over twelve years of experience, Island Automotive Center offers inspections, oil changes and mechanical repairs of all kinds. You can reach them at 808-243-5500.

 

Conclusion

There are a bunch of great spots in Hawaii where you can get your car serviced the right way and for a good price too. Some might require an appointment, so it is always best to call ahead and see if they can squeeze you in whenever you are looking for an appointment.

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Parking in Hawaii

So, you are going to ship your car to Hawaii or you already have. Unfortunately, you might not be used to the parking rules. If you are not careful, you’ll end up getting parking tickets which can end up being pretty costly.

You can use this guide to help avoid any confusion or fines when you are parking in Hawaii.
 

Residential Restricted Parking Zones

In Hawaii, parking is usually pretty congested. So, what many local town-governments are doing is instilling Residential Restricted Parking Zones.

This means in certain areas on residential streets, parking is allowed by permit only. So, if you don’t have a permit, you can’t park there. If you aren’t a resident of that specific area, then you can not get a permit. This can be frustrating, but it is for good reason though. Many locals are finding it increasingly difficult to find parking anywhere near their homes. So, this had to be done.

If you are moving to Hawaii, you might qualify for one of these permits depending on where you live. You can find out more here.
 

Parking ordinances

Places you can’t park

  • You can not park within thirty feet of a stop sign.
  • You can not park within ten feet of a fire hydrant.
  • You can not park in front of a driveway. You must also be at least four feet away from the end of the “flare”. The flare is the end of the driveway.
  • You can not park within twenty feet of a crosswalk.

Places you can park

  • You can park at meters after you pay the meter. Make sure the meter is not broken. If the meter is broken, you may not park there. Broken meters are considered “No Parking” signs.
  • You can park anywhere street signs permit parking. Be sure only to park there for the allotted amount of time on the signs. Parking enforcement goes on twenty-four hours a day in Hawaii.
  • There are also parking facilities with attendants. You can read more about those below.

 

Parking rates

Parking rates will differ depending on where you park and when. There could be other variables involved such as the business that you are visiting validating the parking.

Metered parking facilities

The metered parking facilities in Hawaii generally allow you to park in a particular spot for between one and five hours. The most common time limit you will see is two hours.

The meters usually cost either seventy-five cents or a dollar and fifty cents per hour depending on where and when you are parking.

Attendant parking facilities

The attendant parking facilities are obviously better for long term parking situations. These facilities will charge anywhere between ninety and a hundred and fifty dollars per month for parking.

Those prices are pretty reasonable when you consider that it’s only four or five dollars a day for unlimited parking there, whereas parking on the street could easily end up running you over twenty dollars in a just one day.

There is also short-term parking available in these facilities. However, the rates for short term parking in one of these are similar to metered parking on the street.
 

Conclusion

Parking in Hawaii can be quite difficult and frustrating at times. The streets are crowded, and the parking is scarce. However, if you plan ahead and know what to avoid, you should be just fine.

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Driving under the speed limit

People in Hawaii love to take things at a nice slow pace no matter what they do. This definitely includes driving. Don’t be surprised if you are driving on a road with a forty-five mile-per-hour speed limit and you end up behind someone who is only driving thirty or thirty-five miles-per-hour.

This is just the way that it is in Hawaii. People routinely drive under the speed limit here. Once you have a few days driving here, you will get used to it. One thing you shouldn’t do is honk at someone for driving too slowly. This is considered exceptionally rude whereas in a place like New York it’s the norm.
 

Yielding to too many people at once on a one lane road or bridge

This is something that’s very helpful to be aware of before you start driving in Hawaii. There are several areas where you will experience a road that is only one car width wide but two-way traffic is permitted. So, you might expect “the zipper” to occur, where one car from one side goes then one from the other and so on and so forth.

However, this is not the case in Hawaii. Some drivers will let five or six cars go from the other side before they decide to proceed on. This can be a little frustrating if you are stuck behind them. It’s just another one of those things that you will need to get used to when driving in Hawaii.

Keep this in mind, too, because letting several cars go from the other side is considered normal. So, if you are first in line and one car from the other side goes, you can expect a couple other cars to follow close behind. Don’t try and “gun it” to squeeze in because you might end up causing an accident.
 

Coming to a stop when merging onto a highway

This isn’t necessarily exclusive to Hawaii. You will occasionally see less experienced drivers slow down or come to a stop on an entrance ramp anywhere in the country.

Obviously, in a perfect world, everyone on the road would understand that on-ramps are meant for drivers to accelerate and match the speed of the drivers on the highway that they are attempting to merge onto. However, this isn’t the case. Sometimes, it’s not even possible because there are people on highways who use the right lane for traveling long distances rather than just for exiting the highway as the right lane is intended for.

However, you will see this much more frequently in Hawaii. It’s good to be aware of because you don’t want to be accelerating behind someone who is coming to a stop or actively slowing down on an entrance ramp.

Always keep your focus on the driver in front of you until they have merged successfully onto the highway. Then, you can focus on merging yourself.
 

Conclusion

If you are used to driving in a place like New York or Los Angeles and you end up driving in Hawaii, try and take a deep breath and take it easy. It can be exceptionally frustrating at times but that’s just how it goes here, everybody moves at a slower pace.

Driving in Hawaii is a completely different experience than anywhere else in the continental US. In fact, it’s quite nice once you actually get used to it.

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The Rules of the Road

Fortunately, the local driving laws in Hawaii are pretty much identical to the laws in any other US state. One notable exception being that it’s required for everyone in the car to wear a seatbelt including those in the back seat. Another notable exception is that a person can get their driver’s permit at only fifteen and a half years old. Other than that, it’s pretty much the same old stuff that you’re used to such as not using a cell phone while driving, no driving under the influence, make a complete and full stop at a stop sign.

Parking is, however, a little bit different than anywhere else in Hawaii. As with most heavily populated places/cities, parking can be pretty scarce most of the time, especially during the day and during rush hour.

However, where parking differs from most places is that the ability to park in Hawaii is usually demarcated by painted curbs rather than traditional signs. If you see a curb that’s painted red, that means you can’t park there. A curb painted green means you can park there but not long term. If the curb is painted yellow or white, it means that you’re allowed to stop there to unload passengers. The authorities are even more vigilant about parking violations in Hawaii than they normally are elsewhere. So be sure to park only where you’re allowed to.

There are also a bunch of common un-written rules of the road in Hawaii as there are in many other places. Keeping honking to an absolute minimum is one of these rules. It’s considered extremely rude and obnoxious. So, as a rule of thumb, only honk if doing so could prevent an accident. In fact, honking is primarily used to say “Hello!” in Hawaii.

When opposite sides of traffic are crossing a one-lane bridge in Hawaii, it’s generally accepted that cars will cross in groups of five or so rather than one by one. Keep this in mind to help avoid a potential accident.

In general, driving in Hawaii tends to be much less aggressive than the rest of the world. People move at a much more friendly and relaxed pace in Hawaii. There’s a reason that people in places like New York will angrily accuse you of being “on island time” if you’re driving too slowly.
 

When you’re in Hawaii you will want to make sure that you get around to all of the best sights and points of interest. In order to do this, you’ll want to make sure that you choose the best travel routes so you can minimize the amount of time you spend traveling to these different places.

  • Route 560

    – Full of lush green tropical mountainsides and gorgeous fields, Route 560 to Kee Beach from Princeville is one of the most well-known scenic routes in all of the Hawaiian Islands. This includes a great view of Hanalei Bay which is one the most eye-catching and aesthetically pleasing beaches on the planet.

    princeville-on-route-560
  • Hana Highway

    – Easily the most famous scenic route in the state of Hawaii, the drive on Hana Highway to Hana from Kahului almost seems as though it’s made up. You’ll get the perfect view of Maui’s northeast coastline. Along the way you’ll pass beaches worthy of being in movies and you’ll have a gorgeous view of the Hawaiian horizon.

    hana-highway
  • Honoapiilani Highway

    – Definitely one of the best highways to take for breathtaking views such as sunsets, Honoapiilani Highway has a special distinction that has a lot of powerful draw. Along the highway you will have a great ocean view. During the winter and spring months, you’ll have a great chance of seeing some whales splashing around. It’s quite a sight.

    beach-near-Honoapiilani-Highway
  • Kamehameha V Highway

    – A great scenic way to explore the eastern part of Molokai, Kamehameha V Highway is a well-established way to grab a scenic view in Hawaii. Be advised, it can pretty windy on this road.

    Kamehameha-Highway
  • Chain of Craters Road

    – Another widely popular route in Hawaii, Chain of Craters road is a journey with fantastic views of Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park. That’s right, it’s essentially an un-guided volcano tour!

    view-from-chain-of-craters-road
  • Waimea Canyon Drive

    – With views of Hawaii’s biggest and most breathtaking cayon, Waimea Canyon drive is truly a great sight seeing adventure with all of the places to pull over for a great view. The canyon is an amazing sight with incredible lush green and red forest as far as the eye can see.

    waimea

 

General Tips

As with anywhere else in the world, there are a few quirky things that you should be aware of before you start driving around in Hawaii. These tips can help save you a bunch of time, energy and money. Here’s a quick list of tips to be aware of when you’re driving in Hawaii:

• Be on the look out for drunk drivers. Even though drunk driving is strictly against the law and dealt with sternly, some tourists and locals choose to risk it anyway. This isn’t as much of a Hawaiian issue as much as it is a “vacation spot near the beach” problem. Immediately report anyone you see swerving or driving erratically to the police.

• Be careful driving after heavy rains. In rural areas, smaller roads can easily flood or wash out. You don’t want to get stuck out in the countryside during a storm.

• Be careful where you drive your car. It’s easier than you think to get stuck on some of the dirt roads in Hawaii. Towing is extremely expensive there, so do everything in your power to avoid situations where you need to be towed.

• Locals may take advantage of a low amount of traffic and choose to drive in the middle of any smaller roads if there isn’t any oncoming traffic. This is because some roads in Hawaii can tend to be a little narrow, especially rural ones.
 

Conclusion

The main thing to remember when you’re driving in Hawaii is that you should take your time. Not just because that’s the custom for driving most people share there but because there are so many amazing sights that you won’t want to miss as well.

With those two things in mind, make sure you give yourself enough time to see all these sights at a nice slow pace. Some of the routes mentioned are about fifty miles long, give or take ten or so miles. Travelling these routes, in Hawaii, takes about three hours. This isn’t because of a lot of traffic congestion either. It’s because traffic moves at a much slower pace and there’s a considerable amount of two-way one lane roads on some of these routes.

Relax, enjoy your stay in one of the most beautiful places in the world and, most of all, drive safely.
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How to Weatherproof Your Car for a Hawaiian Climate

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car in Hawaii

 

Car care is always important!

You should always worry about caring for your car properly. Taking the time to keep it clean and running properly is well worth it in the long run. However, when you move from one climate type to another, you’ll need to do several things differently in order to keep your car safe and sound from the new environment you find yourself in.

Hawaii, for the most part, has what many would describe as “perfect weather.” So, why worry about weather proofing your car in a place that has such beautiful weather? The truth is that Hawaii’s weather isn’t actually perfect and even when it is, your car could be damaged by things like the high level of salt in the air due to the surrounding ocean or a higher-than-normal potential for sun damage.
 

Prepare your car for sunny and warm weather

The sun alone in Hawaii poses a great risk for your car. It’s so strong that the interior of your car could possibly fade and crack. The paint job could also be affected by the sun. The sun can cause the paint job to fade as well.

You should consider getting a cover for your car when it’s at home and not being driven. Not only could this help save the interior and paint-job but it will also help keep the temperature low in the vehicle as an added bonus. Obviously, if you have a garage this won’t be necessary.
 

Beware of salt air!

There’s something that’s interesting that occurs when you have an island surrounded by ocean water. The salt in the ocean water gets into the air and then that in combination with the powerful Hawaiian sun can ruin a car’s finish.

The two actually work hand-in-hand. The strong and extremely hot sun opens the pores in the paint wider and, as a result, allows for higher absorption of the air which has a much higher level of salt in it than normal. This ultimately causes more corrosion.

As mentioned earlier, a cover for your car will go a long way when you aren’t driving it. You should also wash and wax the vehicle as often as you can. Also, if you can, avoid driving through any sand or ocean water that made it onto land. If you can’t avoid it, be sure to get your car washed as soon as possible.

If corrosion has already occurred, then you should replace the parts that are corroded. You don’t want these nuts, bolts etc rusting or corroding to the point that they fail. That could cause an accident, a lot more damage to the vehicle and/or end up rendering the vehicle totaled.
 

Conclusion

Hawaii is a much bigger place than you think regardless of which island you are going to be visiting or moving to. If you’re there for at least an extended stay, you’ll need a car of your own. Renting a car isn’t really a viable option for longer periods of time.
Hawaii has some of the best vacation weather in the world. However, this weather isn’t great for your car. The following will help prevent damage from the sun and ocean air:

  • Cover your car when you have the opportunity to do so.
  • Make sure that you wax and wash the car often.
  • Avoid driving through any sand or ocean water.
  • Replace any parts that have already rusted or corroded.
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