The same question seems to come up often when thinking about relocating to Hawaii: What do I ship there? The question is complex and again simple.
On Oahu, for example, there is not much you can’t source locally. This applies to home goods, furniture, and the basic pots and pans. We have most of the same big box retailers that are found everywhere.
Shipping items to Hawaii is expensive. Everything is coming a great distance and often this comes with a high cost. Unless there are things you simply can’t live without, it’s really not worth the cost to send the basics – basic household goods you can rebuy when you arrive. There is not much value in shipping sheets, towels, plates, bowls, and rugs when you can rebuy them all new at a lower cost than shipping at times.
Same conversation about furniture. Sending a full blown container of goods is extremely expensive, running, at times, up to $20,000. You need to ask yourself, is that bedroom set you purchased 5 years ago really worth the cost to ship or can you find a like kind cheaper? The answer more often than not is yes, you can rebuy, replace, and upgrade for less than the cost of shipping.
This also leads right into the perfect time to declutter and purge of the old. Houses in Hawaii tend to be smaller than on the mainland and have less storage space. Who doesn’t enjoy redecorating in a beach theme anyway?
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