Hawaii Moving and Storage
Congratulations! You’re moving to Hawaii!
We’d love to go with you, but our job is to get you there. Priority Moving and Storage is a San Diego based moving company that provides expert moving services for all your Hawaii moving needs. This includes moves to: Maui, Oahu, Kauai, and of course, the Big Island.
We make sure your move to Hawaii is effortless and stress-free
Moving to Hawaii Overview
How does your move to Hawaii work? For starters, your items are shipped via ocean freight. Because of our experience and know-how, it will seem almost identical to a “mainland” move; the only difference is when our expert moving crews load your items into a container, which is an enclosed wooden or metal box, instead of directly onto the trailer of a moving truck. Once fully packed, this container is sealed and trucked to the nearest port where it’s loaded directly onto an ocean carrier. After an uneventful cruise across the Pacific Ocean, at an average of 15-20 knots, your container arrives to the Hawaiian port. It’s quickly and carefully loaded onto an awaiting truck where it will meet you at your new home in beautiful Hawaii. Expert crews will unload your belongings as efficiently as they were loaded. We will remove debris, packing material, empty boxes, and other take-away items relating to your relocation. And thus begins your new venture on the exquisite Hawaiian Islands.
Moving to Hawaii: Frequently Asked Questions
Personal Belongings: As with any move, it is hard to decide what to move and what to leave behind of your personal belongings. Although we are completely able to ship everything you own and the kitchen sink, we do advise that ‘less really is move’ when moving to Hawaii. Items that you may use on the Mainland, or in different parts of the world, may not really be necessary in Hawaii. Mohair chair? Probably not a good idea. Upholstered furniture and thick carpets don’t hold up well in the Hawaii climate so keep this in mind. Humid, tropical climates are not ideal for antique furniture or delicate artwork. Upholstered furniture, thick carpets and older furniture are also not ideal in humid, tropical climates. These may be items that you want to sell, or leave with friends, before moving.
Here are some personal belongings that we recommend you do not skip when packing for your Hawaii move:
Warm clothing – We aren’t talking about the coat or jacket that you wear for sub-zero weather—but lightweight jackets, jeans and some sweatshirts should be sufficient. Hawaii doesn’t have the greatest selection of places for warm clothing—and there will be times you need it so don’t trade in all of your sweaters for bikinis and board shorts.
Valuables/Mementos: Only you can decide what you can’t live without. However, we encourage that you take along with you: photographs, sentimental books, pictures and gifts from loved ones that have a lot of sentimental value. Depending how long you plan on living in Hawaii you can also consider asking friends and family to take care of some of your more sentimental belongings while you’re away.
Important documents: medical, veterinarian, financial documents etc… are all items that you want to take with you. Tip: consider consolidating by scanning or uploading to a secure online site or backing up on an external hard drive.
Hard to replace items – favorite furniture items (that recliner chair!), bicycle, surf board, heirlooms etc.
Shipping a car: Shipping a car to Hawaii can be arranged through your Priority Moving and Storage Hawaii Specialist to ensure your wheels arrive safely and on time. To find out more about shipping a car or tips on moving to Hawaii, visit our Moving Resources section.
Plants: Plants can enter Hawaii only after inspection. If you have plants you want to carry over to Hawaii, you can find out more information through the Hawaii Department of Agriculture or speak with your Priority Moving and Storage Hawaii Specialist.
Pets: Hawaii is very strict when it comes to importing pets and some animals that may be allowed as pets in other states or countries, may be restricted or prohibited in Hawaii. Before you decide to move with pets it is imperative that you contact the Hawaii Department of Agriculture at least four weeks prior to moving. Click here for more information.
Whether you are moving to Hawaii for a couple of months or indefinitely, rely on the Hawaii Movers at Priority Moving and Storage to get you there. Aloha!