Shipping cars to Hawaii may seem like a simple task. After all, it’s just another state, right? Yet it’s smack dab in the middle of the ocean and when you say “ship my car to Hawaii” what do you mean exactly? There are eight major Hawaiian Islands and they don’t all have international ports. This may mean shipping your car to Honolulu International Airport or Honolulu Harbor, both on the island of Oahu – even if you aren’t shipping to Oahu. From there, your car would be transferred to another ship going to the destination island.
Honolulu is the Gateway
The reason for this is that directly shipping or flying from mainland U.S. to one of the other islands would cost an exorbitant amount of money. It can be done, but these other islands don’t get as much traffic. You might have to charter an entire flight from Los Angeles just to transport your car.
By shipping through Honolulu, it’s used as a transshipment hub through which we access other ports at reasonable prices. This helps you save money. If it means it takes an extra day for your car to get there, then the best course of action is to ship it an extra day earlier.
Oahu & the Other Islands
If you’re shipping for a sale, then this isn’t a problem. You’ll want to do it in the safest manner that’s still fast and reasonably priced. Hawaii does have a thriving classic car scene, especially on the island of Hawai’i (not to be confused with the entire state). People often confuse Oahu, the most populous island where Honolulu is located, with Hawai’i, the largest and oldest island. Hawai’i contains two-thirds of the state’s landmass, but it’s Oahu that contains two-thirds of the state’s people.
The other gorgeous islands you may transport your car to when shipping cars to Hawaii include Kauai and, of course, Maui. There are numerous other islands, but many of them aren’t accommodating for car travel or aren’t practical for car shipping. Nonetheless, if you need your car shipped to one of them, we can often find a way.
If you need expedited car transport to Hawaii, this will likely still go through Honolulu – but the shipping process and transfers can be accelerated, and your vehicle prioritized before others. Let us know what your needs are, and we can make sure your car arrives safely and swiftly at whichever of the Hawaiian Islands you need it to get to.