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The best ways to ship your car to Hawaii



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 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’s clear you should really have a car with you during your Hawaiian excursion. You could obviously rent a car but if you want the piece 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 arrives there.

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.

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, the cost to ship an average car from Miami, Florida to Hawaii is about $2,300. This was 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.

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 transportation home.

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.

Typically, a shipment from Miami, Florida to Hawaii using the door to port option will take around three to four weeks for your car to ship. This is why you should plan ahead so you can prepare to be without your vehicle for that time frame.

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 piece of mind of knowing that your car will be shipping safely without you having to drive the car all the way to the port yourself. You also won’t have to spend any additional money on transportation for yourself.


In the end, whichever way you choose to transport your car to Hawaii, the overall preparation for shipping your vehicle is almost entirely same:

  • 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.
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  Planning a trip to the Hawaiian islands but not sure how you will soak in all of the breathtaking scenery?  Because Hawaii is the only US state that you cannot drive to, visitors from the mainland often over look the amazing benefits and opportunities a road trip in Hawaii can offer.
     Visitors can plan to travel around the coast of the Hawaiian islands, finding untouched landscapes of beaches volcanoes and waterfalls. Not to mention the authentic Hawaiian food and and plenty of memorable outdoor experiences for all ages.
Road Trip In Hawaii
     For the more adventurous travelers looking to make the most of their time on the Big Island driving to the Mauna Kea Observatory, off of the infamous Saddle road which cuts through the Big Island from west to east, is an absolute must.  While thrilling in places the drive cuts time down significantly when traveling from Kona to Hilo, and is a breathtaking experience not for the faint of heart. Most rental car company’s do not allow for off-roading up to the mountain peaks observatory at an altitude of 4,205 meters (13,796 ft) above sea level, but you can ship your vehicle to Hawaii for the full out of this world experience.
      The Island of Maui has much more to offer than its impressive resorts and local shopping. Chock full of Inlets, bays, churches, valleys and even an abandoned pre-contact Haiwaiian village stand to be explored by adventurers who prefer to travel less mainstream routes. The drive all the way around the perimeter of the island where the coastal Hana highway becomes un-paved (also where rental cars are no longer allowed) is not only possible with your own vehicle but the perfect off the beaten path road trip. Along the way, Charles Lindbergh’s Hawaiian-style garden cemetery grave site is a notable site worth a visit for the History buffs and those seeking the same oasis of peace and quiet as the famous aviator. Despite its exclusivity Maui contains plenty of beautiful attractions filled with rich historical land, arboretums, vast national parks and hiking trails that make a lasting impression on all visitors lucky enough to witness it first hand.
Road Trip In Hawaii
     It is recommend to split driving around the lush rain forest garden Island Kaua’i into at least two days (if not more) to appreciate as much of what the island has to offer, at a leisurely pace. A road trip in Hawaii must see for visitors of all ages is a stop at the most famous waterfall on Kaua’i. Wailua falls is an exceptional photo opportunity no matter the weather and the epitome of natural beauty. The north end of the paved highway stretch comes to a stop at Ke’e Beach where views of Kaua’i’s mountains and the Nā Pali Coast set the backdrop for some of the most romantic sunsets in the state.
    The spirit of Hawaii can often be hard to find when in the popular Waikiki Beach Honolulu, with its busy tourism based economy and massive chain hotels. Snorkeling Surfing and shopping on Oahu are typical fun go to activities, but a ride along the Kamehameha highway takes drivers along both coast and country side. Natives refer to this peaceful drive as “going holoholo.” This scenic road trip to the lush north shore can prove to be the most  refreshing escape where the true aloha vibe of the islands can finally be felt all around. Thinking of planning your road trip in Hawaii ?  Let us ship your vehicle to Hawaii for you!

moving to hawaii



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

Slow Down

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


Start Saving

Moving to Hawaii requires spending high costs on shipping. It’s usually more affordable to ship over your household goods, as opposed to buying new. Shipping your car will save you money as well since car costs are much higher on the island. Aside from moving costs, Hawaii has one of the highest costs of living in the United States. Make sure to plan out and budget your finances correctly. Make sure to have fund set aside for an emergency.


Start Job Hunting

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


Enjoy Yourself!

Take advantage of the weather and experience the beauty of Hawaii.  Keep active outdoors, eat fresh organic foods and take a dip in the ocean whenever you want. If you start to miss home on the mainland think of why you moved there in the first place and embrace your new life on the island.


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military shipment



Are you in the military and interested in military car shipment because you are being relocated to one of Hawaii’s military bases? Hawaii is the largest home to United States Military bases and compounds. There are five armed forces that fall under the military. The military includes the Marine Corps, Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. The Marine Corps is actually its own branch in the Department of the Navy. The National Guard is a department of the Navy, and not an actual branch. The Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force all fall under the Department of Defense.

Each island in Hawaii has military bases.

Oahu- Home to each Armed Force

Marine Corps: Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay, Camp H.M. Smith , Pu’uloa Range Training Facility

Army: Fort Shafter, Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Army Airfield, and Tripler Medical Center

Navy: Joint Base Pearl Harbor- Hickam, NCTAMS PAC, Naval Magazine Lualualei

Air Force: Joint Base Pearl Harbor- Hickam, Bellows Air Force Station

Coast Guard- USCG ISC Honolulu, USCG Air Station Barbers Point


Kauai- Home to the Navy: Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands


Mau- Home to the Coast Guard: USCG Station Maui


Big Island- Home to the Army: Pohakuloa Training Area and Bradshaw Army Airfield as well as Joint Services: Kilauea Military Camp


Beginning Your Military Car Shipment:

If you are relocating to a military base at one of the Hawaiian islands, you may want to take your car with you. Once you receive permanent change of station orders, you are entitled to ship your car privately overseas. In order to start the process, you will need to have appropriate documentation. Documentation includes proof of entitlement, proof of identity, proof of ownership, and a completed IAL Shipping Instruction form. Once you get a relocation date, your military car shipment process can begin. By contacting our office, we will secure you a shipment date.


Contact us today to ship your car from your current location to your relocation at one of Hawaii’s military bases.


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Hawaii’s car culture is actually quite spectacular and exotic. It turns out that Hawaii is well known for their automobiles and many people who live in Hawaii are passionate about what they drive. Hawaii is known for its diversity in people and cultures, and that goes for its cars as well. You can expect to see trucks, convertibles, muscle, hybrids, and European cars. Below are some details about Hawaii’s car culture.


The joke around many of the Hawaiian islands is the easiest way to spot a tourist is to see what they’re driving. Tourists are usually the only people seen driving convertibles. The most popular convertible on the island is the Ford Mustang. Tourists enjoy cruising down the coast with the sun beating down on them. However, this isn’t the same for the locals.  Locals feel that convertibles are too hot to drive in and due to its size, a surfboard can’t fit inside. The locals usually prefer some sort of pick up truck because their surfboard can easily attached. In fact, the most popular pickup truck is the Toyota Tacoma. The Toyota Tacoma has been ranked as one Hawaii’s best selling cars for years. It has been #1 on the list for 15 years and shows no signs of moving down. This car sells eight times faster in Hawaii than it does in any of the other states.


Classic cars are very big in Hawaii’s car culture. You can expect to see classics like the Chevrolet Bel Air Wagon and 1971 Mustang. Wagons such as the Toyota Corolla wagon and the Volvo wagon are equally as popular.


Free electric charging stations are everywhere in Hawaii and that’s because the electric car is making its way into Hawaii’s car culture. The Nissan Leafs has made itself known in Hawaii and its followed by Tesla’s electric cars.


So relocating to Hawaii and want to fit in with Hawaii’s car culture? Contact us to today to get started on your car shipment to Hawaii.


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real estate in hawaii



Buying real estate in Hawaii can be an exciting experience, but also nerve wracking, especially if you aren’t familiar with the state and towns. Choosing the perfect place to settle down in can be overwhelming, so where do you start when buying real estate in Hawaii? Do you want a real estate agent from your location that can do research on areas in Hawaii? Or do you want to deal with a real estate agent in your new area? Do you think seeing homes virtually is enough to make a decision? Or should you plan to spend a week or two in Hawaii in order to attend open houses?

Below are some questions you should ask your real estate agent prior to seeing any homes:

  1. Have the prices in the area fluctuated in recent years?
  2. Is this area prone to any natural disasters? If so, what is the insurance policy like on homes in these areas? Are there any insurance policies provided in the HOA fees?
  3. Are there any homes that have furnishings included? If not, is leaving furnishings a negotiation piece for the seller?
  4. Are there any HOA (homeowner association) fees? What do the HOA fees include? In addition, are there any restrictions regarding visitors, rentals, and/or having pets?
  5. How many owners in the neighborhood are full time residents? If the area has short term properties or many renters, what is the percentage of long term tenants?


Where to relocate to in Hawaii? What are some popular Hawaiian towns known for?


Kaneohe in Oahu- affordable, multiple golf courses


Kahului- Lots of shopping, more commercial properties, beaches perfect for windsurfing and kiteboarding


Kailua on Oahu’s Coast- Beautiful white sand beaches, community is on the smaller side


Honolulu in Oahu- Popular vacation spot, historic attractions, nightlife spots, live music venues


Hilo on Hawaii Island- Busy city with shops, museums, art galleries, restaurants, and home to the annual Merrie Monarch Hula Festival


Interested in buying real estate in Hawaii? Contact us today and let us worry about shipping your car to your new home.


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best selling cars

Living in Hawaii often means a different lifestyle than if you lived on the mainland. Hawaii is considered the least- stressed state in the country. In order to keep up with the slowed- down, low- stress life, you need to have the appropriate car to fit the lifestyle. Considering relocating to Hawaii? Below are the best selling cars in Hawaii.


The Toyota Tacoma has been ranked as one Hawaii’s best selling cars for years. In fact, it has been #1 on the list for 15 years and shows no signs of moving down. This car sells eight times faster in Hawaii than it does in any of the other states. It is perfect for the rough terrain and weather, and affordable enough to not break the bank. Hawaii is culturally diverse. Over twenty five percent of the population in Hawaii is Asian. Non- white ethnic groups have been known to purchase non- American brands at a higher rate. As a result, Toyota has made its way to the front in popularity.


The Jeep Wrangler is # 2 on the list. A wrangler fits the carefree lifestyle of a Hawaiian. With the beautiful weather it is no wonder why the locals love being able to take off the roof and doors while cruising alongside the beach or coastline.


Toyota is a dominant brand in Hawaii. The Toyota 4Runner is a perfect passenger car which works well for large families and those who like to travel in a group. The four wheel drive system makes it the perfect car for all types of road situations, including off roading.


Looking to relocate to Hawaii and want to make sure you fit in with the locals? We can ship one of Hawaii’s best selling cars to your new destination. Contact us today to get started on your car shipment process.


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If you are either relocating or visiting Hawaii, you should without a doubt be add visiting Hawaii’s National Parks to your itinerary list. Hawaii’s National Parks are full of culture, picturesque landscapes, and unforgettable rainforests, wildlife, and history. There are several of Hawaii’s National Parks that offer a variety of experiences and adventures, but why not start with visiting a park that is home to two special volcanoes- one being active and the other being the largest volcano on earth.  


Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Island of Hawaii

Located just 45 miles southwest of Hilo, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is home to some of nature’s most awe- inspiring wonders. There are two volcanoes, Maunaloa and Kilauea, both located in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Since there is a chance you could witness an eruption, the active volcano, Kilauea, is one of the most popular visitor attractions in Hawaii. In addition to the active volcano, the park spans for 333,000 acres. Adventures at the park include hiking through volcanic craters, deserts, rainforests, and a walk through a lava tube, or less adventurous activities such as visiting museums and petroglyphs.


Kilauea has been erupting since January 1983 and has had its last eruption as recent as May 3, 2018 after the island experienced a 5.0 magnitude earthquake. It is often known as “the world’s only drive- in volcano.” Each day the volcano produces 250,000- 650,000 cubic yards of lava, which is why it is so popular to visitors. Visitors pack together to witness to Kulauea’s lava flow that flows into the sea.


Maunaloa is considered the largest subaerial volcano both in mass and volume. It’s last eruption took place in 1984, which lasted for three weeks and injured 2,000 people . Many viewing routes have been built to give visitors an easier viewing access.


So while in Hawaii, be sure to visit these two famous sister volcanoes.

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Looking into moving to Hawaii? Have you been talking to family and friends about the relocation and unsure of what decision you should make? Moving to Hawaii is a huge decision, and there are many myths about the relocation. Below are some common myths about moving to Hawaii. If moving to Hawaii is your dream, don’t let these myths stop you, after all, they are myths!


It’s Too Expensive

Living in Hawaii is expensive, but it depends what state you are relocating from. If you are moving from an already expensive state such as New York or California, then Hawaii isn’t too far off. One reason New York and California is so expensive is due to its high taxes. However, Hawaii doesn’t have high taxes. Living in Hawaii can be done on a budget that won’t break the bank. It is important that whether you are living in Hawaii or anywhere else to know your finances and to budget your money.


It’s Too Crowded

Once again, your answer here is dependent on where you are relocating from. If you are moving to Hawaii from a small rural town, then yes, Hawaii is going to have more crowds than you are used to. If you are moving from a major city, then the amount of people you expect to encounter is the same. Just as people are moving to Hawaii every day, people are also moving off of Hawaii every day. Of course, some months there are more than usual crowds thanks to tourists and vacationers.


It’s Too Hard

Relocating anywhere is a task. You need to pack up all of your belongings, hire a moving company, find employment as well as a place to live. However, this is the same process no matter where you are relocating to. Fortunately for you, you are not the first person to consider moving to Hawaii. Therefore, it has all been done before, and it is easy to move all of your stuff, especially your car. While this post is about myths in regards to moving to Hawaii, we can can easily transport your car to Hawaii hassle free! Back to it being too hard, the time frame you give yourself will determine how difficult it is for you to find a place to live. Finding a place to buy or rent is difficult, but it can be done. The best way to find a place to live is to contact a local realtor in the area you wish to move to. Also, almost everything is done online, so you can find houses, apartments, and condos with just a computer. You can have everything set up prior to beginning your move.


So, looking into moving to Hawaii? Contact us today to get started on relocating your car!


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Hawaiian Islands

 Looking to relocate or go on vacation? Is Hawaii a state you are considering? There are six Hawaiian Islands for you to explore. Each of the Hawaiian Islands is unique. They offer different adventures, activities, and sights. Below is a brief summary of each so you can decide which of the Hawaiian Islands are on the top of your exploration list.



Kauai, nicknamed the “Garden Isle” is home to beautiful scenery. It is the fourth largest island. Kauai is known for its tropical rainforests, cascading waterfalls, rivers, mountains, cliffs, and valleys. Some parts of Kauai are only accessible by sea or air, but the views are worth it and beyond breathtaking. Activities include kayaking on the Wailua River, snorkeling on Poipu Beach, zip lining above the valleys, or hiking the trails at Kokee State Park.



Sometimes called “The Gathering Place” or “The Heart of Hawaii,” Oahu is the third largest of the Hawaiian islands. It has the most diverse population and has a combination of city life and surf life. Oahu is broken down into many differents regions which include Honolulu, Central Oahu, Leeward Coast, North Shore, and Windward Coast. Central Oahu is home to Pearl Harbor so you can gain a perspective of World War II when visiting here.



At only 38 miles long and 10 miles across, Molokai is Hawaii’s fifth largest island. It is home to the highest sea cliffs and longest reefs. A high percent of the population that live here have long Native Hawaiian ancestry. You can explore the cliffs that lead to Kalaupapa National Historical Park or relax at Papohaku Beach, one of Hawaii’s largest white sand beaches.



Lanai is the smallest of the Hawaiian Islands, but it is full of excitement. Lanai is home to luxurious resorts, high class amenities, and skilled golf courses. If you are into adventure, you can rent a 4-wheeler for the day and explore off the beaten path.



Known as “The Valley Isle,” Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands. It known for its famous beaches, humpback whale sightings, delicious cuisines, and beautiful sunrises and sunsets.


Island of Hawaii

The largest and youngest island is The Island of Hawaii. It is nearly twice as big as all of the other Hawaiian Islands combined. It has a vast range in climates ranging from Wet Tropical to Polar Tundra. It is also home to massive volcanoes such as Maunakea and Maunaloa. Activities include relaxing on the beach, volcano exploration, shopping at local shops and farmers’ markets, and swimming in heated tide pools.  


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