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7 Tips for Anyone Moving to Hawaii

Tips Moving to Hawaii

7 Tips for Anyone Moving to Hawaii

Relocating to Hawaii is a big adventure, and lucky for you, SGT Auto Transport is here to help you. When it comes to moving house, whether it’s a new city, state or country, there are things you need to know. There are also going to be certain things you have to take care of before your move. For those of you moving to Hawaii, there’s the culture and cost of living to think about. There’s also licenses, jobs and schools to consider. Whether you’re moving to Hawaii for a short period of time or planning to become a permanent resident, here are a few tips to help you get prepared.

Which Island Are You Planning to Move To?

You may have already decided on a location but if you haven’t, there are several to choose from. Before you make any other plans, this is the first step to take.

Hawaii is made up of a chain of 137 islands but only 8 of them are populated. They’re located in one of the most geographically located places in the world. Did you realize that Hawaii is almost 4,000 kilometers away from the nearest landmass, which happens to be California? You can choose from:

  • Big Island – as you might expect by it’s name, this is the largest of all the Hawaiian Islands. It has a number of active volcanos, is renowned for its big game fishing and there’s plenty for the more adventurous to explore. Tourism, construction, and agriculture are the industries that employ most people. It has a varied terrain. In places it’s very dry and rugged, for example in and around Kona. There are some glorious beaches, and plenty of greenery, particularly around Hilo.   
  • Maui – more than 150,000 people live here, with the majority of them living in the central and southern Maui region. Jobs are mainly in the tourist industry, although there are some opportunities in the construction sector. An increasing number of elders are choosing to live on the island, possibly because healthcare is improving. Regular flights are available to all the other islands. The locals are all very friendly and the scenery is beautiful.   
  • O’ahu – O’ahu isn’t the largest, but it the most densely populated. The population in 2017 was more than 953,000 people and today it’s probably even more. Finding full or part-time work is much easier than on any of the others. Other attractions include world class shopping, entertainment and glorious beaches. The capital of Hawaii, Honolulu, is on Oahu as well as several other attractions you might have heard of. For example, Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head Volcano, Waikiki, and the North Shore.
  • Kaua’i – this lush, green and flower covered island has plenty of wildlife and is what most people expect from a Hawaiian island. The population is very spread out, so you need to make an effort if you want to make friends.
  • Moloka’i – a beautiful but none the less barren island with around 7,000 residents. If solitude is what you’re looking for, this island and the neighboring Lana’i has to be at the top of your list. 
  • Lana’i – another barren but beautiful island with a population of less than 3,500. It’s really nothing more than a giant pineapple plantation, with only one town where the majority of people live.
  • Ni’ihau – also known as the ‘Forbidden Island’, Ni’ihau is the westernmost and seventh largest inhabited island. It has actually been owned by one family for more than 150 years. It has no roads, cars, stores or internet. Access by outsiders is restricted. It is estimated that there are only 70 permanent residents, living mostly as their Native Hawaiian ancestors did.
  • Kaho’olawe – this is the smallest and not the easiest of islands to visit. Living there is even harder. It is very sparsely populated, due to its lack of fresh water. There are, in fact, no permanent residents.

The Hawaiian Culture and Cost of Living

Many cultures have influenced life on Hawaii and even today, it’s still influenced by all types of trends, fashion and lifestyles. One of the biggest influences on Hawaiian life, however, has to be the weather. Between the months of July and September, hurricane season plays a big part, although so far, there have been very few significant events.

All year round, Hawaii experiences warm temperatures, ranging from 78F in the colder months to 88F during the hotter months. As well as the great weather, there’s also a vibe that emanates from the islands. This vibe is another big attraction for visitors.

Be prepared to set a budget if you decide to relocate to Hawaii. The cost of living is much higher than on the mainland, wages that are generally lower and food costs much more. It also has a reputation for being one of the most expensive US states. As well as normal day-to-day living expenses, there are also lots of other things you can spend your money on. That’s why setting a budget is important.

There’s a good selection of affordable stores such as Walmart, Sam’s Cub, and Costco if your budget is restricted. Using public transport is another way to cut your expenses. Although owning a car is important if you want to be able to get around.

Accommodation Options

Renting is one option, although you need to be prepared for it to be more expensive. What type of accommodation you choose depends on your plans for the future. If you’re planning a family you need the option of additional space. Those of you planning to work from need somewhere that has room for a workspace.

You can find out more about house prices here.

Will You Need to Look for Employment?

If you’ve already got a job set up or have an income of your own, there’s no need to look for a job. Here are a few tips to help you in your search:

  • Because of the high cost of living you need to look for a job that pays well
  • Use the services of a recruiter
  • Spruce up your resume
  • Consider taking a part-time job to supplement your income
  • Consider exploring a new career
  • Click here for a few ideas

How Are You Going to Get Around the Islands?

Using public transport is an option, but you’ll be able to get around much better if you’ve got a car. If you’ve already got a car on the mainland, shipping it to Hawaii is not too complicated and it’s more affordable than you think. The trick to a smooth shipping experience is to choose a reputable company like ours. Here at SGT Auto Transport, we’ve got plenty of experience shipping vehicles to and from Hawaii, as well as all around the mainland.

The first step in the shipping process is to request a quote. You can do this by speaking with one of our customer representatives on (866) 774 6570. Alternatively, use our online calculator or the online chat option.

Moving Your Belongings

Finding a trustworthy auto transport company to ship your car is easy. Moving your belongings, on the other hand, is a little more complex. You’re going to need to do some research if you want to find the best mover for the job. Selling your belongings and taking only the bare minimum is also worth considering, as moving everything you own and shipping to such a remote location can be expensive.

Apply for Your Hawaiian License as Soon as Possible

There are a number of benefits to becoming an official resident, or “Kamaaina”. The most important of which has to be the sizeable discounts you’ll be eligible for. They’re offered at restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions. The sooner you apply for your long-term residency permit the better.


If you’ve followed these tips and worked your way through some of the suggested processes you’ve little left to do. For those of you moving to Hawaii in the very near future, we wish you all the best. A new chapter in your life awaits you, so make sure you enjoy it.