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Car club basics
The list of car clubs located in Hawaii
Tips for joining a car club
Conclusion

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Car club basics

Joining a car club in Hawaii is a great way to show off your ride or even just your enthusiasm for someone else’s car. With some of the beautiful weather in Hawaii, car shows and car club cruises are perfect ways to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather.

Most clubs will have a very small annual membership fee that is somewhere between twenty and fifty dollars each year. Some clubs have different levels of membership; thus, the membership fee will vary depending on which level of membership you choose.

Participation is never really required. However, if you are going to pay the membership fees and go through the sign-up process, you might as well take part in as many club activities as you can. Most clubs have meetings, shows, cruises and more.
 

The list of car clubs located in Hawaii

Here are a few of the longest running and most popular car clubs in Hawaii:

  • Aloha Mustang & Shelby Club of Hawaii – The Aloha Mustang and Shelby Club of Hawaii was established back in 1979. Ownership of a Mustang or Shelby is not required for membership. Membership in the club costs $30 per year. The club holds monthly meetings and participates in many other events including banquets, car shows, charity events and more. The club is located in Honolulu.
  • Corvette Club of Hawaii – The Corvette Club of Hawaii was founded back in 1973. You can join even if you don’t own a Corvette. The club dues are about $30 per year depending on when you join and what type of membership you choose. The club holds dinners, meetings, car cruising meets, attends car shows and more. The Corvette Club of Hawaii is located in Kailua.
  • British Car Club of Hawaii – The British Car Club of Hawaii was founded in 1988. Membership is open to all British car enthusiasts, not just owners. Membership costs $25 per year. This club holds meetings, special events and an annual car show. The club is located in Kapolei.
  • Cars and Coffee Hawaii – Cars and Coffee of Hawaii is essentially a loose club comprised of the other car clubs in Hawaii. All of the club’s activities are open to anyone and there is no membership fee. They have monthly meets in various locations across Hawaii, check their website for more details.

 

Tips for joining a car club

If you are interested in joining any of these Hawaiian car clubs, there are a few things that you should know first.
Here are some tips for joining a car club:

  • Most clubs do not require you to own one of their cars – Most car clubs will allow anyone who considers themselves an enthusiast of that club’s particular cars to join. It is usually not necessary to own one. However, it will allow you a much greater level of participation if you do own one of the club’s cars.
  • Take good care of your car – You will want to be sure that you take good care of your car if you are joining a car club as a car owner. Other members will be checking your car out. So, be sure that you keep your car clean and running well!
  • Stay involved – Most car clubs that you can join meet on a pretty regular basis. This includes monthly meetings, car shows, group car cruises and more. If you want the full experience once you join a club, be sure to participate in as many of these events as possible.

 

Conclusion

Joining a car club is a very fun and memorable experience. It is also a great way to meet a bunch of like-minded people that you can hang out with or even network with. In general, it is a great way to spend some of your spare time while you are in Hawaii.

If you are on way to Hawaii and you need to move your car there, reach out to the car shipping experts at Hawaii Auto Transport today to get your free quote!

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The basics about Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
How to get there
What to see when you are there
Tips for enjoying Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Conclusion

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The basics about Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a national park in Hawaii with two Volcanoes, one of which is currently one of the most active volcanoes in the world. In fact, just about a year ago in May 2018, extremely high levels of volcanic and seismic activity of the Kīlauea volcano led to high levels of lava flowing on land for the rest of the summer in the southeast part of the park.

As a result, the park was closed for a while and some of the attractions in the park still remain closed. However, many of the attractions in the park are now open again.

The park itself is open every day of the year, twenty-four hours a day. The weather there is dependent on where you are in the park. Most of the park has weather that is similar to the rest of the island. However, the summit of the volcanoes can typically have temperatures that are actually about ten degrees cooler than the rest of the island. There is also the area around the Chain of Craters Road which will have considerably hotter, windier and dryer weather.

The entrance fees for the park are as follows:

  • Private Cars – $25 (The car must have 15 people or less. The fee is for the car as a whole, not per person. Organized groups such as schools or clubs will not qualify for this rate.)
  • Motorcycles – $20
  • Bikes – $12
  • Per person – $12 (People choosing to walk into the park)
  • Groups – $12 per person (This is for any vehicle with a capacity of 16 or more. Anyone 15 or younger is free. If you have hired a driver for your group, they will likely be free too.)

 

How to get there

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is located on the island of Hawaii.

The entrance to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is located at 1 Crater Rim Drive, Hawaii National Park, HI 96718.
You can get there from Hilo by driving forty-five minutes southwest on Highway 11. You can get there from Kailua-Kona by driving about two hours southeast on Highway 11.

You can also enter your specific address here and get directions.
 

What to see when you are there

As previously mentioned, some of the areas and attractions in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park are currently still closed as of April 2019. However, there are still a bunch of incredible things to check out while you are there. So much that it will likely take you a few days to get to it all.
Here are the best things to see at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park:

  • Kilauea Visitor Center – The Kilauea Visitor Center is the first part of the park that you should visit. Here you can learn everything else that you need to know about the rest of the park including volcano updates, what hikes and trails you can take and much more. You can even hear a few great “Ranger talks” here.
  • Volcano House – This is a hotel in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park where you can stay that has a view of the Halemaumau Crater. It has four-star reviews on both Google and Trip Advisor.
  • Devastation Trail – This is a short, about half-mile-long, trail where you will walk across the cinder outfall of the 1959 Kīlauea eruption. Overall, it is a wonderful trail experience that you won’t want to miss.
  • Chain of Craters Road – This is a famous road where you will take a scenic drive in with scenery that you probably never thought you would see. This road cuts right through an area in the park full of craters and hardened magma for views that almost look as if you are driving on Mars on certain points. On average, Chain of Craters road has had lava on it at some point during the year four out of every five years since it was created because of its proximity to the Kīlauea volcano.

 

Tips for enjoying Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

  • Bring an umbrella – The average precipitation in the area always ranges from forty to seventy-five percent. So, you will likely experience some rainfall while you are in the park. January and February have the lowest precipitation of any month at around forty percent.
  • Stay on the trail – It is very important that you always stay on the marked trails and stay out of any restricted places you might come across. There are dangerous volcanic gases in restricted areas as well as unstable land.
  • Watch out for cracks and falling rocks – Stay away from cracks, the useless selfie is not worth slipping into one. Cracks have unstable edges, so don’t think being careful will prevent you from falling in either, just stay away. Stay away from the bottoms of mountains and cliffs as well, falling rocks occur randomly and are unpredictable.
  • Dress appropriately – Wear durable shoes and pants. It goes without saying but do not wear shorts and sandals. Wear steel toe boots if you can and pants that won’t tear easily.
  • Stay in Hilo or at the Volcano House – The Volcano House is actually in the park and is a perfect place to stay. Unfortunately, it does reach capacity fairly often. So your next best option is to stay at one of the many hotels in Hilo which is only a forty five minute drive away from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

 

Conclusion

Although some parts of the park remain closed as of April 2019, there is still a bunch of really incredible and fun stuff to see and do. Be sure that you plan your trip properly so that you can see everything that you want to in an efficient manner.

Your experience at the Hawaii Volcano National Park will be a lot easier and more time-efficient if you have a car with you. If you are headed to Hawaii and are in need of vehicle shipping, give us a call for a free quote at (808) 445-6695!

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The current condition of roads in Hawaii
The issues with the traffic patterns in Hawaii
Can anything be done to fix these problems?
Tips for driving safely in Hawaii
Conclusion

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Hawaii has long been known for a very “unique” driving experience. Many of the permanent residents there have a very laid back and, what many would describe as, slow way of driving.

Once you actually get to Hawaii and start driving, you will start to realize why they drive this way. According to a 2016 report, the state ranks fifth on a list of the states with the worst roads in the country. Potholes and general road disrepair are the two main contributing factors to this dubious honor.

On top of that, the state has long been notorious for its borderline senseless traffic patterns which tend to be responsible for a higher than normal rate of car accidents.
 

The current condition of roads in Hawaii

As was just mentioned, the current condition of the roads in Hawaii is very poor. On average, Hawaiian drivers spend almost nine hundred dollars a year on car repairs related to the conditions of the roads. That is over two hundred and fifty dollars higher than the national average.

However, the state has spent a lot of money and effort in the past two years repaving roads and repairing these deficiencies.

Still, certain areas of the state have roads that are in noticeably worse condition than roads you might see anywhere else in America.
 

The issues with the traffic patterns in Hawaii

The traffic patterns in Hawaii have always been an issue for drivers. This is a direct result of the way that the roads in Hawaii were designed. By looking at some of the roads with their traffic patterns in mind, you might think some sort of insane person designed them.

At certain points, four-way traffic is actively crossing and turning against itself. It can be a real mess sometimes and this includes a five-way intersection where most of the lanes have limited options in terms of turning in including one lane where you are not allowed to travel straight.

This also causes a lot more traffic and not just from the occasional accident that occurs but also from people waiting to long to cross through an intersection or turn because of how unsafe it is sometimes.
 

Can anything be done to fix these problems?

Yes and no. The physical condition of the roads can be obviously be repaired little by little and over time. It will be pretty expensive but at least it will get done with such an investment.

Improving the traffic pattern and flow situation is another story. Unfortunately, it is much more complex than just paving over some potholes.

First of all, any city needs a strong justification in order to re-arrange the flow of traffic. It cannot just be that “it makes driving more difficult.” There must be a legitimate safety concern in order for there to be anything done in terms of rearranging the traffic patterns.

Secondly, changing this would be extremely expensive. It is not a typical road repair such as potholes. It is much more involved than that. It requires street closures, re-painting street lines, new road signs, re-programming traffic signals and much more.

For now, you will just need to drive with extreme caution in these areas or, better yet, you should try to avoid these areas as much as you can. Some of the worst traffic pattern areas in Hawaii are:

 

Tips for driving safely in Hawaii

If you will be driving in Hawaii anytime in the near future. You will need to make sure that you do your best to avoid any sort of damage to your vehicle from the conditions of the road or the unorthodox traffic flow.
Here are some tips for driving safely in Hawaii:

  • Drive slow – You might not actually have much of a choice with this first tip at times, but the traffic tends to move more slowly in Hawaii. It is just their way. Don’t worry though, there are tons of great sights to take in as you drive so there’s no need to rush.
  • Yield to your fellow drivers – As we have made very clear, some of the intersections in Hawaii are extremely confusing and very dangerous. It is better to take your time and wave someone else on than to take a risk and assume you have the right of the way.
  • Keep an eye out – Be on the lookout as best you can be for potholes. Hawaii has done a pretty nice job of taking care of many of them but many still remain.
  • Go with the flow – If you aren’t sure about the way an intersection flows or works, just pay attention to traffic and follow suite with a high level of caution and alertness. Try and read any and all road signs before doing so as well.

 

Conclusion

In the end, Hawaii is a wonderful place to be. It might just be a little difficult to drive on the roads there sometimes. Take caution, drive slowly and follow the flow of traffic and you should be fine.

If you have to worry about driving while you are in Hawaii, you should not have to worry about shipping your car there in the first place. Hawaii Car Transport can get your car to or from Hawaii, worry free!

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Basics about moving to Hawaii
Preparing to move
The actual move
Unpacking and setting up
Other things to consider
Conclusion

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Basics about moving to Hawaii

Moving to Hawaii can be a life-changing experience. You will be in the most beautiful place on the planet twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The actual move there might not be so fantastic. Moving anywhere can be a stressful and difficult experience but moving to Hawaii can be even more stressful.

Packing up your life and moving it to a far away, overseas destination like Hawaii can be a mess if you don’t put the right amount of preparation and planning into it. Planning is crucial to not only making sure that your shipment goes well but also that it does so in the timeliest manner possible.
 

Preparing to move

As mentioned earlier, the preparation for your shipment is the most important part of the shipment because it will make or break the rest of the process.

  1. Household and personal items – All of your personal effects and household items will need to get shipped to your new home in Hawaii. It is best to start looking into this as soon as a few months before your move. You can
  2. Jobs and schools – You will not only need to line up a new job or jobs and schools (if you have children), but you will also need to leave your old jobs and schools and do so with some notice before you leave for Hawaii.
  3. Cable and internet – You will need to schedule an appointment to have a service technician from the cable company come over and hook up your cable and internet. Make sure that you do this ahead of time but that you will be there for the actual appointment with your TV and internet-connected devices set up so you can test them as soon as everything is ready to go.
  4. Your car – If you have a car and you want it with you at your new home in Hawaii, you will need to ship it. You should start planning your car shipment six to eight weeks before you move. You will need to first figure out your exact shipment details. Then you will need to use those details to get free quotes from several auto transport companies so you can compare prices and transit times. Then, you should thoroughly research any company which you are considering using.

    Once you have done all that, then you can book your shipment with the company of your choice. Make sure you are booking your shipment a month in advanced. You will also need to consider if you want to be without your car while it ships at your old home or your new Hawaiian home. We recommend that you schedule your shipment at least a week in advance of leaving for Hawaii yourself. This way, if there are any delays with your pickup you won’t need to worry about missing your flight.

  5. Getting yourself and your pets there – Last but not least, you will need to prepare to fly there yourself and either fly with your pets or have them shipped. By the time you start preparing to book your flight you should already have a good idea of when you are going to fly. At this point,

 

The actual move

The actual execution of the move is extremely important as well. Be ready for things to go wrong because something inevitably will. However, if you are prepared, you can quickly and easily keep the negative effects to a minimum.

The actual move will consist mostly of getting your stuff delivered and unpacking it as you see fit. You will likely need to use the help of a moving company at some point during the move. So, you could use any of the following companies to move your stuff while a company like Hawaii Car Transport moves your vehicle:

 

Unpacking and setting up

If you have made it this far, you’ve made it past the most difficult parts of the move, but you are not out of the woods yet. When you arrive in Hawaii you will need to likely wait a day or two for your things to arrive then you will need to unpack everything and set it up.
A few tips for unpacking and setting up your new home in Hawaii:

  • Start with the essentials – Start off by unpacking whatever you absolutely cannot live without. Things like food and toiletries. In the case of moving to Hawaii, you don’t even need to wait for these things to ship you can easily run to the store and buy these things. In fact, we do recommend that you do exactly this. Shipping things like toiletries from the mainland seems a little excessive.
  • Get the appliances out of the way – Some of the most difficult unpacking work is moving appliances to where they are supposed to go in your house then hooking them up. If you get this out of the way first, you won’t have to worry about it hanging over your head and doing it later. However, things like the stove and fridge should be left to professionals, it is worth the extra money.
  • Use painters/masking tape to mark your furniture layout before the furniture arrives – Before your furniture gets there, you will want to make sure that you figure out the layout of the furniture by placing “X’s” in tape on the wall (or floor if you have hardwood).

 

Other things to consider

There are a few other things you should consider when you are moving to Hawaii. These are a few of them:

  • You will need to get your car insurance, license, and license plates changed – You will need to get all those things changed. You should absolutely look into getting your car insurance changed before you move. The license and license plates will need to wait until after you arrive in Hawaii.
  • You will have to get your mail changed – You will need to get your address changed from your old address to your new address in Hawaii. You will need to do this for any important communications you get in the mail such as credit card statements. You can change your address with the postal service by going online at USPS.com/move.
  • Prepare for the time change – You will need to change time zones on any phones, computers, watches and clocks. Hawaii is in “Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time.” This time zone is six hours behind Eastern Standard Time and three hours behind Western Standard Time. If it is 12 PM in Hawaii it will be 3 PM in California and 6 PM in New York. You will also need to get used to the time difference physically. For example, you will need to get used to going to sleep three hours later if you are moving to Hawaii from California.

 

Conclusion

The move to Hawaii will be a long and stressful one if you don’t plan and prepare well enough. But, if you do, then the move could become an enjoyable opening chapter to your new life in paradise.

You will need to ship pretty much your entire life to Hawaii, and this includes your car. If you want a stress-free car shipping experience so that you can concentrate on your move, then contact Hawaii Car Transport.

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Drive safe and obey the law
Hawaii traffic violations and costs
Hawaii parking violations and costs
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Drive safe and obey the law

Just as with any other place in the United States, the best way to avoid any tickets or even getting pulled over in Hawaii is to drive safely and obey all the local traffic and parking laws. Driving happens at a much slower and more friendly pace in Hawaii, so, driving aggressively is a great way to stand out to the police and get pulled over.

Parking is a little different in Hawaii. For the most part it is pretty self-explanatory. However, there are such things as “residential parking zones” where only designated residents can park their cars.

 

Hawaii traffic violations and costs

If you get caught speeding or running a red light in Hawaii, the fines and penalties are just as hefty and serious as anywhere else in the United States.

  • Speeding – If you are caught speeding more than ten miles per hour (but less than thirty) over the speed limit and are a first-time offender, you will get a fine up to $200 depending on exactly how fast you were going. Your license could be suspended but that is rare.

    If you are caught going thirty or more miles per hour over the speed limit, your ticket could cost up to a thousand dollars. You also might face thirty days in jail but that is not likely. However, you license will very likely be suspended for at least a year.

  • Red lights and stop signs – If you get pulled over for running a red light or stop sign in Hawaii, you will end up paying $200, $300 and $500, respectively, for your first second and third violations within a year’s time.

    Remember, you must make a complete and full stop at stop signs and that you cannot enter the intersection once the light has turned red. However, in Hawaii, you can still proceed through an intersection during a yellow light. Also, there is a caveat where you can turn left on red (yes, left) if you are on a one way street and turning left onto another one way street once you have already made a complete stop.

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol – In Hawaii, if you drive under the influence of alcohol you will face the strictest penalties you can for any moving violation. This is the same across the United States and if you are caught driving under the influence, you will face very high fines, community service, jail time, and the loss of your license.

    Unlike the other violations on the list, you also need to factor in legal fees which could end up costing tens of thousands of dollars.

    For your first offense of DUI in Hawaii, you could face up to $1,000 in fines, seventy-two hours of community service and up to five days in jail. You will also lose your license for three months and might have to take alcohol classes and testing as well as have a breathalyzer ignition device installed in your car. For second and third offenses these penalties get exponentially worse and include the possible confiscation of your car.

Whenever you are cited for any of these violations, keep in mind that your insurance will likely increase as a result. Especially if it is a DUI, your insurance will skyrocket and you may not even be able to afford it anymore.
 

Hawaii parking violations and costs

The parking in Hawaii can be a bit complicated at times. However, if you pay close attention and ask around if you are not sure about a spot, you should be just fine. Thankfully, the parking situation is a lot less aggressive than it is in places like New York City or Los Angeles.

However, it has been reported that the Hawaii parking enforcement is extremely vigilant and does not over-look any violation they come across. So, do not take any chances.

  • Parking in areas not designated for parking – If you park in area that is not designated for parking such as a bike lane you will be ticketed. These fines can be extremely high, some reaching over $200. If you park in a handicapped space, you could end up with a fine of up to $300 and some nasty looks from the locals.
  • Parking meters – The parking meter enforcement is also pretty strictly enforced as well. If you have an expired meter, you will likely find a ticket for about $50 on your windshield. Don’t park in front of a broken meter either, broken meters are considered “No Parking” signs.
  • Residential Parking Zones – There are some areas in Hawaii where residential areas have designated parking specifically for residents only. You cannot park in the areas under any circumstance unless you have permanently moved to Hawaii, taken residence in one of these areas and gotten the necessary parking permits.

 

Conclusion

Driving in Hawaii is not an all-out rush like it is in many cities in the continental United States. Take your time, drive safely, obey the rules of the road and enjoy the sights. Then, you won’t have to worry about any trouble with the police or traffic tickets. As far as parking, just pay attention and read the signs carefully. If you still aren’t sure about parking somewhere, you can always ask one of the locals as they are very friendly and will be able to help you out.

If you need your car shipped to or from Hawaii, let the car shipping professionals at Hawaii Car Transport get the job done for you. Call for a free quote today at 808-445-6695!

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Enjoy the best views of Hawaii
The best Hawaiian helicopter tours and driving directions
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Enjoy the best views of Hawaii

If you have every seen the incredible aerial views from the movie Jurassic Park as the characters approached the island aboard a helicopter, you should be aware those were actually views of Hawaii from a helicopter. The views of the most beautiful place on earth are that much more breathtaking from above.

Thankfully, you don’t have to be rich enough to own a helicopter or know someone who is in order to see the magnificent sights Hawaii has to offer from a helicopter. There are a bunch of amazing and affordable helicopter tours available for you to choose from.

On some of these tours you can choose to have the doors open so you can get the absolute full experience of soaring above paradise. Other tours will take you right over the volcanoes. No matter which tour you choose, you are bound to remember the experience for a lifetime.

 

The best Hawaiian helicopter tours and driving directions

The following are the best helicopter tours that you can take in Hawaii:

  • Open Door Helicopter Tour in Oahu – On this tour you will have the full open-door experience (with safety restraints of course) of Oahu including amazing views of Pearl Harbor, the coastline and beaches, the Halona Blowhole and much more. The tour lasts about forty-five minutes and includes transportation to and from your hotel as well as a DVD of the tour. There is a maximum of four people allowed per booking. The tour costs $234.99 per person.
  • No Doors Lava and Rainforest Adventure – This helicopter tour will take you as close as you can go to active volcanoes, smoldering craters and all, as well as beautiful rainforests with door-free access for the best views. You won’t soon forget this tour. It lasts about an hour and requires a booking of at least three passengers. It costs $324 per person.

    To get there you can use Hawaii Belt Road/Kanoelehua Avenue off of Highway 11 and get to the airport from either the North or South. You can also access the airport from Highway 11 turn east onto Airport Road (Kekuanaoa Street) and then drive east about 2 miles until you get to the airport. You can also enter your address and get directions here.

  • Hawaii Big Island Helicopter Tour – This tour lasts a whopping two hours and it will take you all around the main island of Hawaii to all the must-see sights such as volcanoes, waterfalls and more. The tour costs $559 per person. Very limited hotel pick-up is available.

    To drive there you can take Queen Kaahumanu Highway/HI-19, then turn toward the ocean on Keahole Airport Road. Drive approximately a third of a mile to Keahole Street then turn right and follow the road into the airport. You can also enter your address and get directions here.

  • West Maui and Molokai Tour – On this tour you will get to see incredible sights that you would never be able to via land. You will hover just a matter of a few feet above some of these sites which will provide insane picture-taking opportunities. The tour takes about forty-five minutes. This tour costs $220.

    There is not hotel pickup for this tour so, to get to the departure at Kahului Heliport you can drive or take a cab. You can also enter your address and get directions here.

  • Helicopter, Lava and Zipline Tour – This tour is probably the most interactive tour on the list. It is also the longest, by far, at about fourteen hours long. As the name obviously suggests, you will be touring Hawaii in the helicopter as well as ziplining too. The tour includes lunch, dinner and snacks as well as hotel pickup and drop-off. The tour costs $573 per person.

 

Conclusion

There are a variety of incredible helicopter tours to choose from in Hawaii. Which you choose depends entirely on your sense of adventure and curiosity.

There are some more expensive options available that offer extras like zip-lining, hiking and VIP experiences in addition to the actual helicopter portion of the tour. But there are also much more affordable options that will also offer incredible views and awesome fun. In fact, some of the most highly rated tours are less expensive options.

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What affects the cost of Hawaiian car shipping?
The cost of shipping your car to Hawaii
The cost of shipping your car from Hawaii
Be sure you still get a free quote
Steps to save on your Hawaiian car shipment
Tips for shipping your car to and from Hawaii
Conclusion

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Whether or not you have shipped your car to or from Hawaii in the past, you might be interested in doing so sometime in the near future. So, the number one question always is “What will it cost to ship my car to Hawaii?”

The short answer is: it depends. It depends on several variables which all change pretty frequently. It also depends on your specific needs and vehicle specifications as well.

We have provided some general prices from major cities below. However, we did use a specific car and shipping date. Odds are we didn’t choose the exact shipping details that you would.

So, if you really want to know the most accurate possible price estimate, get a free quote today.
 

What affects the cost of Hawaiian car shipping?

The cost of shipping your car to or from Hawaii is affected by several different factors. These variables change in scope frequently throughout the year which is why prices fluctuate as they do. For example, shipping one month might cost an extra hundred dollars versus the previous month even if you are shipping the same exact vehicle the same exact distance as you were the month before.

That is because things like seasonality, fuel prices, and carrier availability will directly impact price. So, if all things are equal, shipping your car could easily cost more or less one month than it did the previous month.

These are the primary factors that affect the cost of car shipping to Hawaii:

  • Season – The time of year that you ship your vehicle will directly affect price. If you ship during a busy season, your price will be higher such as during the summer. If you ship during a season like winter when there is more inclement weather then your shipment will likely cost less but will take longer to ship.
  • Distance – Exactly how far you are shipping your car will help dictate your final cost as well. Simply put, the further you are shipping your car, the more it will cost.
  • Fuel Prices – The price of gas will play a role in the cost of transporting your car. If gas prices are higher as they tend to be during the summer or during some sort of large fluctuation in the world oil market, then your cost to ship will likely be a little bit higher as a result.
  • Shipping time – This is different from season. What we mean here is how soon after you book your shipment you need your car shipped. It is obviously a lot more difficult for us to find a carrier last minute than it is to schedule a shipment a month in advanced. In order to get a carrier to take a shipment booked with little notice, they require a higher payment. If you book your shipment as far in advanced as possible, it will help you save on the cost of shipping.
  • Shipping method – If you ship a car from Hawaii with any extra options such as top-load or enclosed carrier, your cost will be higher depending on which options you chose.
  • Type of car – The make and model of your car also play a part in your final cost. Larger cars weigh more and require more work to load and unload. The bigger the vehicle the higher the cost.
  • What port you are shipping to or from in Hawaii – There are several ports where you can ship your car to or from in Hawaii. They are:
    • Honolulu
    • Hilo
    • Kahului
    • Nawiliwili

Be sure you choose the right port in Hawaii to ship to if you are shipping your car there. There are almost no interisland ferries left in Hawaii. So, if you ship it to an island where you won’t be spending the majority of your time, you will likely need to get your car shipped, again, to the right island. You can read more about picking your car up at the port in Hawaii here.

 

The cost of shipping your car to Hawaii

Shipping your car to Hawaii will depend on the factors mentioned above but it will also depend on if you ship door-to-port or just port-to-port. Most people tend to opt to pay a bit more for the convince of door-to-port shipping. If you choose port-to-port it will cost less because you are foregoing the entire ground transport. However, you will need to drive your car to the port yourself and that can be costly itself.

The following prices were calculated in March 2019 for a shipment exactly a month later. For all shipments an average sized car, a 2019 Toyota Corolla, was used. Door-to-port shipping was used for all of these and no extras such as enclosed shipping were added. All quotes were calculated with the car being shipped to the Honolulu port.

**Please keep in mind that these prices are always subject to change based on the many variables that were mentioned above.**

  • From New York – $2,475
  • From Los Angeles – $1,375
  • From Denver – $1,825
  • From Boston – $2,525
  • From Chicago – $2,175
  • From Dallas – $1,975
  • From Miami – $2,275

 

The cost of shipping your car from Hawaii

Just as with shipping your car to Hawaii, the cost of shipping your car from Hawaii will be affected by the combination of factors mentioned earlier along with whether or not you choose to pick up your car at the port or have it delivered to your door.

These prices were quoted in March 2019 for a shipment exactly one month after. For all shipments an normal sized car, a 2019 Toyota Corolla, was used. Door-to-port shipping was used for all of the quotes and no extras such as enclosed shipping were used. All quotes were calculated with the car being shipped from the Honolulu port.

**Please remember that these prices could change without notice based on all of the variables that were mentioned in this post.**

  • To New York – $2,395
  • To Los Angeles – $1,345
  • To Denver – $2,045
  • To Boston – $2,495
  • To Chicago – $2,145
  • To Dallas – $2,045
  • To Miami – $2,245

 

Be sure you still get a free quote

These prices are for a specific time and car. At best, they give you a very general idea of the overall cost of shipping a car to Hawaii. This is why auto transport companies will give you a free online quote. This way, all of your specific vehicle and shipment details will be factored into your quote price.

For example, if you are shipping a 2011 Dodge Durango from Raleigh, North Carolina, on an enclosed carrier an estimate for a 2019 Toyota Corolla shipping from Miami, Florida with no extras likely wouldn’t end up with too similar of a price. Thus, getting a free quote is the best way to get the most accurate price estimate for shipping to or from Hawaii.

Getting quotes from each vehicle shipping company is also a great way to quickly and easily comparison shop as well. Each company will likely have a similar yet slightly different price as well as delivery date. This way you can figure out which price and delivery date combination works best for you and choose that company.
 

How long will shipping my car to Hawaii take?

Shipping your car to Hawaii will take several weeks. Consider, that if you were shipping your car across the country from New York to Los Angeles, it would likely take a little less than two weeks. Then imagine, adding the time it takes to ship to Hawaii on top of that. Then, it would be easy to see why many vehicle shipments to Hawaii end up taking between two and three weeks depending on where you are shipping from.

This is the case for the entire auto transport industry.

We want you to know and be prepared to be without your car for the right amount of time. This way you can plan ahead and make whatever additional arrangements you need to.

So, according to the quote we received for the 2019 Toyota Corolla, with no extras, shipping from New York to Los Angeles with a month’s notice for the pickup being scheduled at the end of April, and drop-off at the Honolulu port, it would take between eighteen and twenty-one days for you to be able to pick your car up at the port in Hawaii.
 

Steps to save on your Hawaiian car shipment

Here are some suggestions to help you minimize the cost of your Hawaiian car shipment. Remember, these are not money saving guarantees but suggestions that could help you save some money in the end.

  1. Ship your car during the less busy seasons – It is normally less expensive to ship your car in the fall and winter. However, the transit time could be increased due to inclement weather delays during the winter. Your best bet is to ship during the fall.
  2. Schedule your pick-up at least a month in advanced – If you schedule your auto shipment as far in advanced as possible, you will maximize the chances that you can get a slightly lower price. Carriers tend to charge a bit more when they are given little notice about a shipment.
  3. Ship with standard open-air transport – Ship your car using a standard open-air carrier without choosing top-load or expedited shipping. Any upgrade options that you choose will cost additional fees.
  4. Don’t bother shipping anything in your car – Some car carriers out there will allow you to ship some personal items in your car for an additional fee. You should just forget this option for now. Plus, if any of those items gets lost or damaged, your insurance will not cover their cost as previously mentioned.

 

Tips for shipping your car to and from Hawaii

When you are shipping your car to or from Hawaii for the first time, you should be aware of a few things before you book your shipment so that the experience of transporting your vehicle can go as smoothly as possible.

Here are a few tips for shipping your car to or from Hawaii:

  • Have your fuel tank a quarter filled – It is against fire regulations for a ship to transport vehicles with more than a quarter tank of gas. Your car will not be able to be shipped to Hawaii if your car has more than a quarter tank. However, you do need that much gas in order for the carrier to be able to drive the car onto and off of the ship as well as onto and off of the truck if you chose residential pick-up or delivery.
  • Don’t leave any personal items in the car – Any insurance associated with your shipment will never cover any personal items lost or damaged during shipping. So, be sure that you take any personal items such as jewelry, CDs, glasses etc out of your car before you ship it to or from Hawaii.
  • Get your car cleaned – Before your car is picked up or as soon as you drop it off at the port, your car will be inspected for any pre-existing damage. Make sure that the car is clean so that this process does not end up taking a ridiculous amount of time.
  • Take pictures of the car before it gets transported – Sometimes, slight damage can occur to your car during shipping. It is extremely rare, but it does happen. Even though an inspection occurs prior to shipping which ensures any new damage will be noted upon delivery and covered, it will always help expedite any claim process when you have photographic proof that the damage is new. Be sure you get pictures of all sides of the vehicle as well as the top. Also, be sure that the photos have date stamps. Most digital cameras will have the option for this.
  • Make sure the car works correctly – What this means is that if there is anything that isn’t in working order, get it fixed before your shipment. If it is something such as a car alarm that is overly sensitive, disconnect it or give the driver that picks up your car specific instructions on how to disable it.

 

Conclusion

As you can see, it is hard to accurately predict what pricing might be for shipping a car to Hawaii in general. It is much easier to visit a particular auto transport company’s website and get a free quote. When you do that, all of your specific shipment details are factored into the price estimation. However, keep in mind that even quotes can be off by a few dollars themselves.

The best way to save on your shipment is to plan as far in advanced as possible. This will likely also help decrease the total amount of transit time during your shipment slightly.

Get quotes from each company that you might be considering using. Use them to compare both price and transit time. Then make the best choice for your individual auto transport needs.

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The basics about shipping your vehicle to Hawaii
What will it cost me to ship my car to Hawaii?
How long will it take to ship my car to Hawaii?
The step-by-step-process of shipping your car to Hawaii
The best ways to ship your car to Hawaii
Conclusion

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Hawaii is always a great destination, whether it’s for vacation, an extended stay, a business trip or a complete move. It’s one of the most popular destinations on the planet due to its gorgeous appearance with incredible beaches, lush palm trees, amazing volcanoes and it’s superb weather.

Having a car while you’re there is essential to being able to see all the amazing sights you can see in Hawaii.

For example, it would take you about eight hours by car to drive around the outside of the “big island” and that’s without stopping to see sight-seeing attractions. If you wanted to see the major and most popular sights, you should consider budgeting yourself at least twelve hours to do so. Without a car, who knows how long it would take.
 

The basics about shipping your vehicle to Hawaii

So, it is clear you should really have a car with you during your Hawaiian excursion. You could obviously rent a car, use ride-share apps or dreaded public transportation. But, if you want the cost-effectiveness and peace of mind of having our own vehicle while you’re in Hawaii then you’ll want to take a look through this guide on having your car shipped there.

The first thing you should be aware of is that you either need to have your car registered (if you plan on moving there) or you need to get a temporary permit. You can only do either once you and your vehicle arrive there. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to do any sort of online pre-registration. You will, at some point, need to make it down to the Hawaiian Department of Motor Vehicles.

Most of you reading this probably will need the temporary out-of-state permit. So, in order to get your permit, you’ll have to:

  • Give them your full car inspection to check
  • Show them your registration
  • Give them a copy of the shipping receipt with the date of arrival on it
  • Complete and file the Permit for Vehicle Application
  • Pay a five-dollar permit fee

This permit will be good for up to a year once you complete the required process.

Some of you will be moving to Hawaii rather than just visiting. In this case, you will need to get your vehicle registered with your new state. In this case, you will need to make sure that you visit the DMV in the county that you are living in and complete any necessary steps in order to complete the registration and license plate change. Be sure to do this as soon as you can after arriving in Hawaii.

This also goes for those of you who are moving to Hawaii and are buying a car from a dealership or from an individual. You will have some additional requirements as well, so be sure to check in with your new county’s Department of Motor Vehicles.

There are some cost exemptions for members of the military. You might qualify to have the registration fee waived depending on your current service level in the military. However, most military members will be exempt from paying additional vehicle weight fees.
 

What will it cost me to ship my car to Hawaii?

As you might expect, it will cost considerably more in order to ship your car to Hawaii than it costs to ship it within the Continental United States. This is due to the additional distance, fuel cost, lessened carrier availability and the coordination it takes to fulfill these shipping requests.

The price of shipping to Hawaii can also grow depending on which special shipping options you choose for your transport such as expedited shipping or air transport.

In order to give you a better idea of how much it might cost you to ship your car to Hawaii, we have complied a list of quotes for shipping to Hawaii from major US cities. These prices were quoted with door to port shipping chosen. Door to port shipping enables many carriers to pick the car up at your house, or close by, for an additional charge. Door-to-port shipping to Hawaii is much more convenient than port-to-port shipping to Hawaii and, as a result is much more popular.

For each quote a 2019 Nissan Altima was used. The shipment was booked a month in advanced in the spring of 2019. Each shipment was sent to the Honolulu port.

**Please remember, these quotes are just estimates of prices. There are many different things that factor into car shipping including the vehicle model, current fuel prices, carrier availability and much more. These prices are subject to change at any time based on these variables.**

  • New York to Hawaii – $2,475
  • Boston to Hawaii – $2,525
  • Chicago to Hawaii – $2,175
  • Los Angeles to Hawaii – $1,375
  • Dallas to Hawaii – $1,975

The alternative is driving your car to the port or to an approved central hub yourself which will likely end up costing you the money you saved in the cost of fuel and then transportation home via a train, bus or plane.
 

How long will it take to ship my car to Hawaii?

Shipping your car to Hawaii will also take longer than your average car shipment. Obviously, it’s a larger distance for a carrier to transport your vehicle thus it will take longer. There are multiple variables at play here, just as there are with the cost of your shipment. As mentioned before, exactly how far you are shipping your car plays a large role in this part of the process. If you are shipping from Los Angeles to Hawaii versus New York to Hawaii the Los Angeles shipment will obviously ship in less time.

Carrier availability is another important part of the duration of your vehicle shipment to Hawaii. As more carriers become available, it will lessen the length of your car’s shipment because there are more routes to choose from rather than a “take it or leave it” type situation where only one or two longer than normal routes are available to choose from.

These are some estimated transit times for shipping your car to Hawaii. Remember these are only estimates and are subject to change for several reasons. This is why you should plan ahead so you can prepare to be without your vehicle for that time frame.

  • New York will take about 3 weeks to ship to Hawaii.
  • Boston will take about 3 weeks to ship to Hawaii.
  • Chicago will take about 3 weeks to ship to Hawaii.
  • Los Angeles will take about 2 weeks to ship to Hawaii.
  • Dallas will take about 3 weeks to ship to Hawaii.

Be mindful, that when you get your drop-off window it will be a window of a couple days. So, if your estimate says your car will be available at the port somewhere between twenty and twenty-two days from pick-up, it may actually take the full twenty-two days.
 

The step-by-step-process of shipping your car to Hawaii

The car shipping process can be a long and complex one. However, it does not need to be. If you know your way through the following steps, then the whole process should be a breeze.

  1. Get a quote – The first step in shipping your car to Hawaii is to get free quotes from any auto transport companies that you might be thinking about using. This way you will be able to compare prices and transit times and choose the best option for you. Any reputable company will have a free quote available on the homepage of their website.
  2. Book your shipment – After you have decided on a company you will need to book your shipment. You will just need to call the company you chose and let them know the details of your shipment such as the make and model of your car, when you want it shipped and the pickup and drop off locations.
  3. Get your car ready for shipping – Before your driver arrives to pick up your car, you will need to make sure that your car is ready for shipping. A few ways that you can do this is by:
    • Remove all personal items from the car – Any lost or damaged personal items won’t be covered by any insurance you get for your shipment. Why risk it when you can bring those items yourself and guarantee their safety?
    • Get the exterior of your car cleaned – Your driver will need to conduct a thorough visual inspection of your car and will take note of any pre-existing damage on the bill of lading. In order for the driver to be able to do this, your car needs to be clean so that they can see any scratches or dents with ease.
    • Ensure that your gas tank is only a quarter full – By doing so you will be making sure that you are not adding any unnecessary weight to your vehicle. It is also against fire safety regulations for cars to be transported aboard a ship with more than a quarter tank of gas in them. However, make sure it isn’t much less than a quarter tank of gas because the driver still needs to drive the car onto and off of the carrier without running out of fuel.
    • Disable the alarm or make sure that there is a simple way for your driver to turn it off – If your alarm goes off during the transport process, your driver will take any steps necessary to get it turned off and that includes disabling your cars battery.
    • Take pictures of your car before your driver arrives to pick up your car. Use a digital camera so that you can make sure that they have date stamps on them. Doing this will serve as proof that damage occurred during shipment and was not pre-existing. It would be extremely rare that you ever need to prove something like that. However, it is better to be safe than sorry.
    • Your vehicle is picked up – Your driver will come to your house and pick up your car. This includes the performance of the inspection, checking your documents and loading the car onto the carrier. If you are located on a street that is particularly narrow or that doesn’t allow large trucks on it, you will need to meet your driver at an area nearby. We suggest large mall and school parking lots for this.
    • Pick up your car at the port in Hawaii – Finally, you will pick up your car at the port in Hawaii. When you do, be sure you inspect your vehicle thoroughly and note any damage to your car on the bill of lading. In Hawaii, there are several ports you can pick your car up at. They are:
      • Honolulu
      • Hilo
      • Kahului
      • Nawilliwilli

When you do pick your car up, you will need to make sure that everything is in working order. If you find anything wrong with it, you should take note of it on the bill of lading as well as take pictures of the damage with a digital camera so you can have date stamps on the photos.

You will then have to get into contact with your auto transport company and move forward with their instructions on any damage claims. Be aware that these circumstances occur extremely rarely, so, you will likely not need to worry about this.
 

The best ways to ship your car to Hawaii

You could ship your car the entire way by plane or you could drive your car to the port yourself and go with a regular freight company, however, we highly recommend that you use an Auto Transport company such as Hawaii Car Transport. Shipping your vehicle by air can get outrageously expensive. It’s generally something that’s reserved for antiques or other types of very rare cars.

Driving your own car to the port or central hub can be extremely time consuming and can end up eating through most of the money you saved through the cost of fuel for your own car as well as the cost of transportation home once you drop the car off.

With an auto transport company, you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that your car will be shipping safely without you having to drive the car all the way to the port or to the hub yourself. You also won’t have to spend any additional money on transportation for yourself.

You will also want to consider whether or not the particular car shipping company that you are considering is a direct carrier or a broker. Direct carriers are generally cheaper but there is less buyer protection and direct carriers are always limited in the routes they can service. Brokers use a network of carriers in order to facilitate the best routes with the most efficient transit times and cheaper prices for the customer. Brokers also have entire departments dedicated to customer service whereas some direct carriers operate their entire company as a single person.
 

Conclusion

In the end, whichever way you choose to transport your car to Hawaii, the overall preparation for shipping your vehicle is almost entirely same. Be sure to take the following steps in order to be ready for when your auto transport driver arrives to pick-up your car:

  • Before your car is picked up, be absolutely sure the exterior is clean, and that the vehicle isn’t leaking anything. Any fluid leaks could result in an extra charge for damaging another vehicle during transport.
  • Take everything out of the vehicle that isn’t a part of the car including roof racks, personal items etc.
  • Make sure there’s a clear and easy way for the driver to disable your car alarm during the shipment.
  • In fact, when your car is being picked up make sure that you let the driver know of anything wrong with the car that could possibly affect them handling it.
  • Make sure you have the following ready at pick up: your shipping booking confirmation, non-expired driver’s license, current registration, vehicle title, Lien holder’s permission to ship vehicle, if you’re leasing or financing the vehicle (check with your carrier to see if they require this), Proof of insurance (required by Young Brothers only), Copies of your keys to all parts of the vehicle and the contact information for the person who will be present to pick up the vehicle.

Keep this guide handy. There is a lot of information to remember here. When you are preparing to re-locate or move altogether, you will have enough on your mind whether it is settling into a new home or things like switching your mailing address and phone number. You shouldn’t have to also worry about remembering every tiny detail regarding your car shipping process.

In addition to using this as a reminder, you can use it as a jumping off point for any questions or concerns you might have for your auto transport company. It’s important to do your due diligence with your car shipping company because you don’t want to end up with a carrier who isn’t trustworthy.

Jump to:
The basics about shipping your vehicle to Hawaii

What will it cost me to ship my car to Hawaii?

How long will it take to ship my car to Hawaii?

The step-by-step-process of shipping your car to Hawaii

The best ways to ship your car to Hawaii

Conclusion

shipping-car-to-hawaii-on-freight-ship

 
Hawaii is always a great destination, whether it’s for vacation, an extended stay, a business trip or a complete move. It’s one of the most popular destinations on the planet due to its gorgeous appearance with incredible beaches, lush palm trees, amazing volcanoes and it’s superb weather.

Having a car while you’re there is essential to being able to see all the amazing sights you can see in Hawaii.

For example, it would take you about eight hours by car to drive around the outside of the “big island” and that’s without stopping to see sight-seeing attractions. If you wanted to see the major and most popular sights, you should consider budgeting yourself at least twelve hours to do so. Without a car, who knows how long it would take.
 

The basics about shipping your vehicle to Hawaii

So, it is clear you should really have a car with you during your Hawaiian excursion. You could obviously rent a car, use ride-share apps or dreaded public transportation. But, if you want the cost-effectiveness and peace of mind of having our own vehicle while you’re in Hawaii then you’ll want to take a look through this guide on having your car shipped there.

The first thing you should be aware of is that you either need to have your car registered (if you plan on moving there) or you need to get a temporary permit. You can only do either once you and your vehicle arrive there. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to do any sort of online pre-registration. You will, at some point, need to make it down to the Hawaiian Department of Motor Vehicles.

Most of you reading this probably will need the temporary out-of-state permit. So, in order to get your permit, you’ll have to:

  • Give them your full car inspection to check
  • Show them your registration
  • Give them a copy of the shipping receipt with the date of arrival on it
  • Complete and file the Permit for Vehicle Application
  • Pay a five-dollar permit fee

This permit will be good for up to a year once you complete the required process.

Some of you will be moving to Hawaii rather than just visiting. In this case, you will need to get your vehicle registered with your new state. In this case, you will need to make sure that you visit the DMV in the county that you are living in and complete any necessary steps in order to complete the registration and license plate change. Be sure to do this as soon as you can after arriving in Hawaii.

This also goes for those of you who are moving to Hawaii and are buying a car from a dealership or from an individual. You will have some additional requirements as well, so be sure to check in with your new county’s Department of Motor Vehicles.

There are some cost exemptions for members of the military. You might qualify to have the registration fee waived depending on your current service level in the military. However, most military members will be exempt from paying additional vehicle weight fees.
 

What will it cost me to ship my car to Hawaii?

As you might expect, it will cost considerably more in order to ship your car to Hawaii than it costs to ship it within the Continental United States. This is due to the additional distance, fuel cost, lessened carrier availability and the coordination it takes to fulfill these shipping requests.

The price of shipping to Hawaii can also grow depending on which special shipping options you choose for your transport such as expedited shipping or air transport.

In order to give you a better idea of how much it might cost you to ship your car to Hawaii, we have complied a list of quotes for shipping to Hawaii from major US cities. These prices were quoted with door to port shipping chosen. Door to port shipping enables many carriers to pick the car up at your house, or close by, for an additional charge. Door-to-port shipping to Hawaii is much more convenient than port-to-port shipping to Hawaii and, as a result is much more popular.

For each quote a 2019 Nissan Altima was used. The shipment was booked a month in advanced in the spring of 2019. Each shipment was sent to the Honolulu port.

**Please remember, these quotes are just estimates of prices. There are many different things that factor into car shipping including the vehicle model, current fuel prices, carrier availability and much more. These prices are subject to change at any time based on these variables.**

  • New York to Hawaii – $2,475
  • Boston to Hawaii – $2,525
  • Chicago to Hawaii – $2,175
  • Los Angeles to Hawaii – $1,375
  • Dallas to Hawaii – $1,975

The alternative is driving your car to the port or to an approved central hub yourself which will likely end up costing you the money you saved in the cost of fuel and then transportation home via a train, bus or plane.
 

How long will it take to ship my car to Hawaii?

Shipping your car to Hawaii will also take longer than your average car shipment. Obviously, it’s a larger distance for a carrier to transport your vehicle thus it will take longer. There are multiple variables at play here, just as there are with the cost of your shipment. As mentioned before, exactly how far you are shipping your car plays a large role in this part of the process. If you are shipping from Los Angeles to Hawaii versus New York to Hawaii the Los Angeles shipment will obviously ship in less time.

Carrier availability is another important part of the duration of your vehicle shipment to Hawaii. As more carriers become available, it will lessen the length of your car’s shipment because there are more routes to choose from rather than a “take it or leave it” type situation where only one or two longer than normal routes are available to choose from.

These are some estimated transit times for shipping your car to Hawaii. Remember these are only estimates and are subject to change for several reasons. This is why you should plan ahead so you can prepare to be without your vehicle for that time frame.

  • New York will take about 3 weeks to ship to Hawaii.
  • Boston will take about 3 weeks to ship to Hawaii.
  • Chicago will take about 3 weeks to ship to Hawaii.
  • Los Angeles will take about 2 weeks to ship to Hawaii.
  • Dallas will take about 3 weeks to ship to Hawaii.

Be mindful, that when you get your drop-off window it will be a window of a couple days. So, if your estimate says your car will be available at the port somewhere between twenty and twenty-two days from pick-up, it may actually take the full twenty-two days.
 

The step-by-step-process of shipping your car to Hawaii

The car shipping process can be a long and complex one. However, it does not need to be. If you know your way through the following steps, then the whole process should be a breeze.

  1. Get a quote – The first step in shipping your car to Hawaii is to get free quotes from any auto transport companies that you might be thinking about using. This way you will be able to compare prices and transit times and choose the best option for you. Any reputable company will have a free quote available on the homepage of their website.
  2. Book your shipment – After you have decided on a company you will need to book your shipment. You will just need to call the company you chose and let them know the details of your shipment such as the make and model of your car, when you want it shipped and the pickup and drop off locations.
  3. Get your car ready for shipping – Before your driver arrives to pick up your car, you will need to make sure that your car is ready for shipping. A few ways that you can do this is by:
    • Remove all personal items from the car – Any lost or damaged personal items won’t be covered by any insurance you get for your shipment. Why risk it when you can bring those items yourself and guarantee their safety?
    • Get the exterior of your car cleaned – Your driver will need to conduct a thorough visual inspection of your car and will take note of any pre-existing damage on the bill of lading. In order for the driver to be able to do this, your car needs to be clean so that they can see any scratches or dents with ease.
    • Ensure that your gas tank is only a quarter full – By doing so you will be making sure that you are not adding any unnecessary weight to your vehicle. It is also against fire safety regulations for cars to be transported aboard a ship with more than a quarter tank of gas in them. However, make sure it isn’t much less than a quarter tank of gas because the driver still needs to drive the car onto and off of the carrier without running out of fuel.
    • Disable the alarm or make sure that there is a simple way for your driver to turn it off – If your alarm goes off during the transport process, your driver will take any steps necessary to get it turned off and that includes disabling your cars battery.
    • Take pictures of your car before your driver arrives to pick up your car. Use a digital camera so that you can make sure that they have date stamps on them. Doing this will serve as proof that damage occurred during shipment and was not pre-existing. It would be extremely rare that you ever need to prove something like that. However, it is better to be safe than sorry.
    • Your vehicle is picked up – Your driver will come to your house and pick up your car. This includes the performance of the inspection, checking your documents and loading the car onto the carrier. If you are located on a street that is particularly narrow or that doesn’t allow large trucks on it, you will need to meet your driver at an area nearby. We suggest large mall and school parking lots for this.
    • Pick up your car at the port in Hawaii – Finally, you will pick up your car at the port in Hawaii. When you do, be sure you inspect your vehicle thoroughly and note any damage to your car on the bill of lading. In Hawaii, there are several ports you can pick your car up at. They are:
      • Honolulu
      • Hilo
      • Kahului
      • Nawilliwilli

When you do pick your car up, you will need to make sure that everything is in working order. If you find anything wrong with it, you should take note of it on the bill of lading as well as take pictures of the damage with a digital camera so you can have date stamps on the photos.

You will then have to get into contact with your auto transport company and move forward with their instructions on any damage claims. Be aware that these circumstances occur extremely rarely, so, you will likely not need to worry about this.
 

The best ways to ship your car to Hawaii

You could ship your car the entire way by plane or you could drive your car to the port yourself and go with a regular freight company, however, we highly recommend that you use an Auto Transport company such as Hawaii Car Transport. Shipping your vehicle by air can get outrageously expensive. It’s generally something that’s reserved for antiques or other types of very rare cars.

Driving your own car to the port or central hub can be extremely time consuming and can end up eating through most of the money you saved through the cost of fuel for your own car as well as the cost of transportation home once you drop the car off.

With an auto transport company, you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that your car will be shipping safely without you having to drive the car all the way to the port or to the hub yourself. You also won’t have to spend any additional money on transportation for yourself.

You will also want to consider whether or not the particular car shipping company that you are considering is a direct carrier or a broker. Direct carriers are generally cheaper but there is less buyer protection and direct carriers are always limited in the routes they can service. Brokers use a network of carriers in order to facilitate the best routes with the most efficient transit times and cheaper prices for the customer. Brokers also have entire departments dedicated to customer service whereas some direct carriers operate their entire company as a single person.
 

Conclusion

In the end, whichever way you choose to transport your car to Hawaii, the overall preparation for shipping your vehicle is almost entirely same. Be sure to take the following steps in order to be ready for when your auto transport driver arrives to pick-up your car:

  • Before your car is picked up, be absolutely sure the exterior is clean, and that the vehicle isn’t leaking anything. Any fluid leaks could result in an extra charge for damaging another vehicle during transport.
  • Take everything out of the vehicle that isn’t a part of the car including roof racks, personal items etc.
  • Make sure there’s a clear and easy way for the driver to disable your car alarm during the shipment.
  • In fact, when your car is being picked up make sure that you let the driver know of anything wrong with the car that could possibly affect them handling it.
  • Make sure you have the following ready at pick up: your shipping booking confirmation, non-expired driver’s license, current registration, vehicle title, Lien holder’s permission to ship vehicle, if you’re leasing or financing the vehicle (check with your carrier to see if they require this), Proof of insurance (required by Young Brothers only), Copies of your keys to all parts of the vehicle and the contact information for the person who will be present to pick up the vehicle.

Keep this guide handy. There is a lot of information to remember here. When you are preparing to re-locate or move altogether, you will have enough on your mind whether it is settling into a new home or things like switching your mailing address and phone number. You shouldn’t have to also worry about remembering every tiny detail regarding your car shipping process.
In addition to using this as a reminder, you can use it as a jumping off point for any questions or concerns you might have for your auto transport company. It’s important to do your due diligence with your car shipping company because you don’t want to end up with a carrier who isn’t trustworthy.

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Introduction
The now defunct Hawaiian Superferry
What ferries currently run between Hawaiian Islands?
Conclusion

Hawaii Superferry in the Honolulu harbor, carrying both passengers and cars.

 

Introduction

Believe it or not, traveling from one Island to the other in Hawaii is pretty difficult. For the most part, you need to take a flight to get from one island to another currently. This was not always the case though.

Hawaii had a ferry that brought people from one island to another which operated for a few years about ten years ago. Unfortunately, legal troubles as well as financial issues caused the Hawaiian Super Ferry to cease operations in 2009.

There currently is limited Ferry service between some islands, but it does not include the option to take your car with you. Right now, the only way to get your car from one island to another is to ship it. The problem with that is that many car shipping companies do not have the option for inter-island car shipping in Hawaii.
 

The now defunct Hawaiian Superferry

Ferries were a big mode of transportation in Hawaii in the nineteenth century up until the 1950s. Since then there were a couple of attempts at re-establishing Ferry service in Hawaii, but they all unfortunately failed.

Then, in 2001 planning for the Superferry started. In mid-2004 construction on the first Superferry started. In late 2007, the Superferry took its very first voyage. The first trip was smooth but was met with resistance from many protesters. These people were protesting the potential environmental effects the massive ship could have. The protesters went as far as forming a human chain on surfboards in front of the ferry at one point.

The ship is three hundred and fifty and feet long and stands five stories above sea level. It weighed almost nine hundred tons. It could carry almost nine hundred passengers and nearly three hundred cars.

The issue is that such a big ship moving through the shallower waters when docking near each island, could have decimated the local ocean ecosystem. It could easily have crushed and killed oceanic wildlife such as whales and dolphins.

The Superferry was incredibly inefficient too. It used fifteen times the amount of fuel that a plane would have in order to travel the same distance. The Superferry also took six times longer to travel the same distance as said plane.

Initially, the ferry was allowed to operate without providing an environmental impact statement. That is how it was able to operate on and off for nearly two years. However, Hawaii’s Supreme Court quickly ruled unanimously that the environmental impact statement was required.
The ferry service was soon after suspended in 2007 due to that supreme court decision, mounting protests and overall environmental concerns.

After more back and forth legal proceedings, the Superferry was once again allowed to resume service later that year.

A year later in 2008, the ferry company and the environmental group returned to court on an appeal of the decision to allow the ferry to operate while the environmental study was being done. In 2009 the court ruled that it was in violation of the constitution for the Superferry to do so.

The Superferry immediately suspended service and let go all of its employees. Two months later the company filed for bankruptcy. It then announced it would abandon both of its ships. This was the official end of the Hawaiian Superferry.

The ships were both bought by the US Navy for a fraction of what it cost to build them. The Navy then leased the larger ship to Bay Ferries in Canada where the ship will once again operate as a Ferry between Maine and Nova Scotia, Canada.

In the years since the Superferry ceased operations in Hawaii there have been several revival attempts. All have failed so far. However, the discussion is on-going. Environmental concerns still play a major role in these decisions as do projections for ridership which are still not high enough to justify a new ferry. Although, these projections do not include tourists yet.
 

What ferries currently run between Hawaiian Islands?

Right now, there are only ferries that run between Maui and Lanai. You can book these trips here.

That’s it as far as ferries in Hawaii at the moment. If you want to travel from one island to another in Hawaii in any other combination than Maui and Lanai, you will need to take a short flight.

You can see the full list of flights you can take to other islands here.
 

Conclusion

It is obviously not easy getting from one island to another in Hawaii. Even when the Superferry did exist, there were lots of delays and it would sometimes take longer than a flight would. There isn’t anything to suggest that a new ferry will pop up anytime soon, but it is still not out of the realm of possibility.