Moving To Hawaii

5 Things You Need To Know Before Making the Move to O’ahu

Making a move from the mainland to Oahu is quite the endeavor. There are many things to take into consideration and be aware of so that your transition is a smooth as possible.

I have compiled a short list of the most frequently asked questions from my clients who have made the move. As always, if you have any questions or would like more detailed information, please reach out and let me know.

Cost of Living

Before taking the leap to put down roots in Hawaii, please keep in mind that it is arguably the state with the highest cost of living in the nation. We pay some of the highest prices for food, housing and utilities in the country. Also, we have the second highest income tax. Hawaii has the highest per-capita state tax quotient in the nation, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers and the U.S. Census Bureau. All that considered, I personally still feel the islands is the only place I want to live.

Moving Your Pets to Oahu

Beautiful Hawaii is the only rabies-free state, and there are regulations in place to help keep it that way. When you’re bringing your pet to the island you will want to put research in the to requirements from the specific Airline carrier you will use. Additionally, you will want to review what process you will put your pet through based on the state regulations.

There are 3 options:

  1. Direct Airport Release
  2. 5 Day-or-Less Program
  3. 20-Day (4 Month) Quarantine

Lastly, you will also want to confirm that you are moving into a pet-friendly home. Shoot me a text if you want more information on how I can help you with that.

Moving a Vehicle to the Islands

Moving a vehicle to the state can be expensive and the cost will vary depending on where in the country you are moving from. Obviously, a move from the Eastcoast would come at a higher cost than if you were shipping a car from the Westcoast. I have had clients road trip from the east coast to the west coast and then ship from there to save money. If you’re working with an older car, you might calculate the cost of shipping versus selling it and purchasing another once you arrive on island.


Living in the tropics means you should prepare yourself for the fact that roaches are commonplace. Especially if you are living in an older home, or a condominium, expect that in order to keep the bugs at bay, you will need to be consistent with keeping your home in order. Do not leave your dirty dishes in the sink overnight, also always make sure to double-check your shoes before putting them on.

Endless Summer

Due to the lack of four seasons, the Islands maintain beautiful warm weather all year long. We have a rainy season and dry season, which means there is an endless list of outdoor adventures to partake in. Keeping this top of mind can be helpful when it comes to letting go of material things you might be attached to but don’t necessarily need. Minimizing the amount of household goods, you bring to the island can help save you money in the long run. After the move, you might find that you’re spending so much time outside as opposed to inside that your lifestyle shifts, and the desire to hold on to excess also changes.

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