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What affects the cost of Hawaiian car shipping?
The cost of shipping your car to Hawaii
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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.

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

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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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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.

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Introduction

Every state has at least one or two very odd laws. Some even have weird laws that affect driving. Hawaii is no exception to that. Hawaii has some driving laws that will seem fairly unnecessary, but these laws will have you scratching your head.

In fact, not included on the list is a law that is no longer in effect where it was illegal in Hawaii to leave your home if you did not know where you were going.

Hawaii even has non-driving laws that are strange too such as a law where it is illegal to put coins in your ears.
 

The weird laws that affect driving in Hawaii

There are a few laws that are both weird and affect driving at the same time in Hawaii. These are the main ones:

  • Hazard lights

    Currently, it is against the law for any car that is in motion to have its hazard lights on in Hawaii. So, if you a driving with some sort of malfunction going on in your car, just get off the road as quickly and safely as possible. Turning your caution lights on will get you pulled over.

    However, there is current consideration to make it legal if you are doing so while slowing down and approaching a cross-walk where pedestrians are crossing in order to warn other drivers about the said pedestrians.

    The opposition to this proposed law is that it might have the opposite effect than intended for some motorists. This is because some drivers might immediately react to a driver slowing down with their hazard lights on by driving around them. Thus, this would put the pedestrians in more danger than they were originally.

    This would only ALLOW this, it would not mandate it. So, you would not have to do this if you didn’t want to. There are several other options being considered as well.

  • Seat belts

    No matter where you sit in a car while driving in Hawaii, seat belts are required for all passengers in a car, both front and back seat.

    However, if you are in a truck and all of the seats are taken, you can sit in the bed of the truck with no safety restraints whatsoever.

    So, you can sit in the most dangerous part of the car with zero safety restraints, as long as the other seats are taken. Go figure.

  • Billboards

    Billboards are illegal in Hawaii. They are considered to be too distracting for drivers and would be in the way of all of Hawaii’s incredible beauty.

    So, you won’t have to worry about obnoxious advertisements distracting you from safe driving and seeing all of the wonderful Hawaiian sights.

 

Conclusion

These laws are very strange, but they are laws, so be sure that you obey them just like any other law in Hawaii.

If you are re-locating to Hawaii and want to ship your vehicle there, call the experts at Hawaii car transport at 808-445-6695.

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Benefits of driving an electric car in Hawaii

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

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

 

Places you can charge your car

  • Oahu

  • Molokai

  • Maui

  • Hawaii

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

 

Hawaii’s Electrification of Transportation Strategic Roadmap

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

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

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

 

Common questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Conclusion

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

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

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

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

What cars you can go off-roading with

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

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

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

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

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

 

Where you can go off-roading in Hawaii

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tips for going off-roading in Hawaii

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

 

Conclusion

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

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

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The basics

Dates and times

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

Tickets

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

Free subscription to Motor Trend Magazine

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

Parking

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

Cars you need to see

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

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

 

Participating car clubs

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

 

Interactive experiences

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

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

 

Directions

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

Enjoy the show

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

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

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

Honolulu

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

  • 1001 Ahua Street, Honolulu HI 96819

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

  • 933A North Nimitz Highway, Honolulu, HI 96817

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

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

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

 

Hilo

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

  • 456 Kalanianaole Avenue, Hilo HI 96720

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

  • 55 Kahanu Street, Hilo, HI 96720

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

 

Kahului

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

  • Pier 1 – 130 Ala Luina, Kahului HI 96732

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

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

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

 

Kawaihae

  • Kawaihae Harbor, Kawaihae, HI 96743

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

 

Nawiliwili

  • Pier 2 – Nawiliwili Harbor, Lihue, HI 96766

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

 

Tips for picking your car up at the port

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

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

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

 

Conclusion

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

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The cheapest flights to Hawaii
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Tips for flying to Hawaii
Conclusion

 
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The cheapest flights to Hawaii

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

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

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

 

The most convenient flights to Hawaii

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

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

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

 

Tips for flying to Hawaii

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

Use this list to prepare for your flight to Hawaii:

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

 

Conclusion

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

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

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