Moving Your Household Goods to Hawaii: Recommended Shipping Companies

There are several shipping companies that move belongings to Hawaii and one that transports goods interisland. They are all reliable and highly recommended. These include:


On average, it takes 2-4 weeks for your belongings to get shipped to Hawaii

1. Matson

Matson is great for shipping everything from large construction vehicles and boats to small, palletized goods (or boxes). To get a quote, simply call (1-800-4MATSON) or send an email. You’ll need to provide a brief description of your cargo, approximate dates, transport requirements, and if sending LCL or break bulk, dimensions and weight. Matson currently has an A+ rating with the BBB and offers six arrivals from the West Coast to Hawaii every 14 days, more than any other carrier.

Shipping Options:

  • Full Container Load
  • Less Than Container Load

Shipping Methods:

  • Door to Door
  • Port to Port

Port Locations:

  • Seattle, WA
  • Oakland, CA
  • Long Beach, CA
  • Shanghai (China)
  • Ningbo (China)
  • Xiamen (China)
  • Guam
  • Micronesia
  • South Pacific

Ships To:

  • Hilo (Big Island)
  • Kawaihae (Big Island)
  • Honolulu (Oahu)
  • Kahului (Maui)
  • Nawiliwili (Kauai)
  • Molokai
  • Lanai

Available Containers

  • 20′ Standard (1,171 cubic ft)
  • 40′ Standard (2,387 cubic ft)
  • 40′ High-Cube (2,686 cubic ft)
  • 45′ High-Cube (3,030 cubic ft)

Vehicle Shipments

Transports cars, trucks, buses, and tractors. Vehicles are transported in specially designed auto frames, in containers, or in secure garage stowage.

Also Offers

Estimated Delivery Time

  • From the U.S. West Coast: 6-21 days, depending on the departure and arrival ports

The Hawaiian archipelago spans the distance of 1,523 miles (2,451 km), making Hawaii the longest island chain in the world

2. Pasha Hawaii

Good for shipping oversize cargo, vehicles, motorcycles, and boats, etc. Pasha currently doesn’t ship household goods to Hawaii. To get a quote simply email or call 1-877-322-9920. You’ll need to provide the commodity description, size of container (20′ or 40′), final destination, and type of move (shipping method).

Departs From

  • Covina, CA
  • Hayward, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • Oahu, HI

Ships To

  • Hilo & Kawaihae (Big Island)
  • Oahu
  • Maui
  • Kauai
  • Molokai
  • Lana’i

Available Containers

  • 20′ Standard (1,171 cubic ft)
  • 40′ Standard (2,387 cubic ft)

Also Offers

  • To pick up vehicles from any residence on the U.S. mainland, Oahu, or Maui
  • Extended-Storage Services

Estimated Delivery Time

  • From U.S. West Coast: 13-18 days, depending on the departure and arrival ports
  • Inter-island only: 5-6 days


Hawaii’s coastline is approximately 750 miles (1,210 km) long, which is fourth in the United States after those of Alaska, Florida, and California

3. Sause Bros.

Good for shipping your household goods. Sause Bros. offers trucking and rail services, which when combined with their ocean transport, they can offer door to door delivery between the Mainland and Hawaii. They also offer a variety of other services, like shipping specialty cargo and short and long-term storage options.

Receiving Terminal:

  • Coos Bay and Portland or Rainier, Oregon
  • Long Beach, California

Ships To:


Fun Fact: Did you know that, by law, no building on Kauai is allowed to be built taller than a palm tree?

4. Young Brothers

Good for shipping goods and vehicles interisland. Young Brothers does not ship outside the State of Hawaii, but are the only regularly scheduled common carrier authorized by the State of Hawaii to transport your goods over water (by barge) from one island to another.

Young Brothers regularly services the following ports:

  • Hilo, Big Island
  • Kawaihae, Big Island
  • Kahului, Maui
  • Kaunakakai, Molokai
  • Nawiliwili, Kauai
  • Kaumalapau, Lanai

A nice thing about Young Brothers is that they ship less than container loads, also referred to as LCL cargo. LCL cargo is broken down into two broad categories: palletized, and loose. You do not need reservations to ship either palletized or loose cargo. If you only have a few items to ship, and do not want to use the Post Office or similar mail service, Young Brothers may be your best option as they allow you to ship as little as a single box up to a full barge.


Hawaii is 2,390 miles away from the nearest continent (North America) and is considered the most isolated population center on earth – talk about escaping to paradise

Additional Resources

Moving to Hawaii: The Ultimate Guide to Shipping Your Belongings
How to Move Your Belongings to Hawaii
Moving to Hawaii – Planning the Move vs. Hiring a Moving Company
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): Shipping Your Belongings to Hawaii
Tips for Making the Move to Hawaii as Easy as Possible
Moving Your Pet to Hawaii – The Complete Guide

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