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Best Movers in Honolulu, HI

Moving to Hawaii can be incredibly intimidating, but the right Honolulu moving company can make it surprisingly painless. These movers transport your items safely and save you the stress of doing the move yourself. Check out our recommendations below for the best moving companies in Honolulu.

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by Sandi Pope ConsumerAffairs Research Team

Top 9 Honolulu Moving Companies

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National Van Lines
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Offers local, interstate, cross country, international and specialty moving and logistics services. Prefers to do in-home estimates to ensure quotes given are 100% accurate. Also offers in-transit and temporary warehouse storage.

Allied Van Lines
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Provides local, interstate and international moving services for all home sizes. Customers can choose basic or full-service moving packages. Also offers storage. Pricing depends on weight of items and miles traveled.

North American Van Lines
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Operates with independent moving companies across the country for local, long-distance and international moves. Offers packing supplies and storage options as well as full-service moves. Pricing determined by weight.

ELH Moving Company
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Provides island-wide residential moving services. Offers moving, packing, unpacking, storage and cleaning. Uses a covered truck that accommodates large and small jobs.

Emergency Moves
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Provides relocation services for residential, military and specialized moves, including foreclosures, evictions and federal government transitions. Transports pianos, hot tubs and large equipment.

Hawaii Moving Services
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Provides packing and relocation services for residential moves. Gives custom quotes. Employees are trained and fully licensed. Offers self-storage with 365-day availability and junk removal services.

JF Movers
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Handles local residential relocations. Offers military and senior discounts. Gives free estimates. Uses trucks of different sizes.

Royal Hawaiian Movers
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Provides moving, storage, freight and specialty services. Offers full-service moves for hotels and offices with FF&E shipping and installation.

WestPac International
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Offers residential moving and storage services for relocations to and within Honolulu, Hawaii. Provides packing materials, including boxes and mattress protectors. Performs international moves and has weekend moving services.

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    honolulu skyline

    Honolulu's breathtaking waterfalls, spectacular tropical rainforests and white sand beaches attract many new residents every year. Oahu often has the most job openings in Hawaii, and people move to Honolulu to work in construction, healthcare and the city’s bustling tourism industry. Whether you’re relocating to Hawaii for the first time, moving away or just moving down the block, the best movers in Honolulu make the process convenient and stress-free.

    Cost of movers in Honolulu

    Hawaii movers charge between $500 and $10,000. The price range varies greatly because most moving companies consider moving from island to island long-distance. If you are moving from the mainland or another island, there are ways to save cash.

    How much does it cost to move in Hawaii?

    If you’re staying on Oahu, local Honolulu moving services range from $159 to $182 an hour for two movers and one truck. You can run the numbers to get a better idea of what your local move may cost. Expect to pay an extra fee if your home is less accessible because of stairs or narrow streets. Neighborhoods like Waikiki, for example, have various multistory apartment buildings that are difficult for moving trucks to access.

    Long-distance moving cost to Honolulu

    Moving to Hawaii from an outside location frequently costs as much as $10,000. Your price depends on:

    • The weight of your belongings
    • The dimensions of your shipment
    • The total distance involved

    The overall distance includes getting to or from the Port of Long Beach in California. Moving from the East Coast means your items first have to be moved cross-country by truck and loaded onto a ship in Long Beach before being shipped to Oahu. Once they’re here, your belongings need to be picked up and moved to their final destination in Honolulu.

    Starting cityDistance to HonoluluAverage cost
    New York, NY4,899 miles$10,563
    Houston, TX3,794 miles$9,434
    Los Angeles, CA2,479 miles$7,182

    Because Hawaii is so far away from the mainland, many movers in Honolulu follow international mover standards rather than conventional long-distance moving companies.

    Moving services in Honolulu

    The price of your move also varies with how many additional services you need. Hawaii movers can help by providing:

    • Packing services
    • Specialty-item moving
    • Furniture assembly and disassembly
    • Moving supplies

    If you’re moving a business, you may need additional services. Check with your movers in Honolulu to be sure.

    In general, the more work you do yourself, the more you save. Loading container pods yourself and having them shipped to Hawaii is the most cost-effective option. Many Hawaii moving companies can store your belongings until you need them. If you choose to take on more of the work, use our helpful moving checklist to keep things straight.

    However, many people find that these savings are not worth the effort and stress. Full-service moves are the most expensive choice, but the high price is worth it for those who want a hassle-free moving experience.

    Choosing a moving company in Honolulu, HI

    Follow these five steps to choose the best mover in Honolulu:

    1. Finding the right mover starts with understanding your needs. Not every Hawaii moving company offers long-distance moving from the mainland or between islands, so narrow down your choices based on their available services.
    2. Reading online reviews gives you a better idea of each company's customer service, problem resolution and ability to handle complicated moves. Ask friends and family to see if they have any recommendations.
    3. Once you have some Hawaii movers in mind, talk to them and get quotes for your move. These estimates let you shop around and compare prices before you commit to anything.
    4. Any company you consider should be licensed and insured. Try to verify the company’s qualifications during your quote.
    5. Before signing a contract, ask how the mover handles damage claims. Checking policies now protects you in the long run, especially if you're moving fragile or expensive items.

    If a Honolulu moving company makes it through these filters, you can be confident you’re making a smart choice.

    Regulations for moving companies in Hawaii

    Hawaii movers are exempt from needing a USDOT number or registering with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration if they only operate within Hawaii, but they must have both if they handle state-to-state moves. Moving companies must have a Public Utilities Commission number displayed on their trucks. A Hawaii moving company must also carry worker's compensation insurance.

    Local movers in Honolulu can charge hourly or flat rates as long as it publishes prices. Check that your Hawaii moving company follows these regulations. If it doesn’t, it might be a scam.

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      Honolulu moving company information

      Royal Hawaiian Movers

      Royal Hawaiian Movers has everything necessary to provide a seamless move, including extensive experience, the proper equipment and the right skills. It’s also one of the only companies with trucks and warehouses on all four major Hawaiian islands.

      • Address: 3017 Ualena St., Honolulu, HI 96819
      • Phone: (808) 427-2695
      • Hours: M - F: 7:30am - 5pm
      • Website: royalhawaiianmovers.com
      Emergency Moves

      Emergency Moves is open seven days a week and works with urgent situations and short-notice moves. The company provides a full suite of moving services, including loading and unloading containers, providing packing materials and allowing 24-hour access to its secure, climate-controlled storage facilities.

      • Address: 950 Waiohinu Drive, Honolulu, HI 96816
      • Phone: (808) 227-9340
      • Hours: M - Sun: 7am - 7pm
      • Website: emergencymoves.com
      Hawaii Moving Services

      Hawaii Moving Services excels at customer service and stress-free relocations. It offers fair rates approved by the Public Utilities Commission along with an experienced team that quickly and safely transports your possessions.

      • Address: 900 Fort Street Mall, Ste. 1188, Honolulu, HI 96813
      • Phone: (808) 949-6683
      • Hours: M - F: 9am - 6pm; Sat: 9am - 5pm; Sun: 9am - 2pm
      • Website: hawaiimovingservices.com
      WestPac International

      Whether you're moving to or from Honolulu, WestPac International's expert team takes care of all the logistics. The company's employees carefully pack and ship your items, and WestPac International provides full value insurance protection. If needed, the company also offers short- and long-term storage solutions for household and fragile goods.

      • Address: 1220 Mikole St., Honolulu, HI 96819
      • Phone: (808) 845-9711
      • Hours: M - F: 7:30am - 5pm
      • Website: westpacinternational.com
      JF Movers

      JF Movers’ friendly, courteous workers safely pack and move customers’ belongings. The company is licensed and insured. If you are military personnel or a senior citizen, be sure to take advantage of its special discounts.

      • Address: 1067 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96814
      • Phone: (808) 721-5348
      • Hours: M - Sun: 6:30am - 7:30pm
      • Website: jfmovers.com
      ELH Moving Company

      ELH Moving Company is a locally owned and operated company that can move you anywhere on Oahu. It also works with several storage facilities to provide short- or long-term options. If you need to get rid of some things during your move, its partnership with Estate Liquidators Hawaii helps your stuff find the perfect home.

      • Address: 1126 12th Ave., Ste. 105, Honolulu, HI 96816
      • Phone: (808) 258-2444
      • Hours: M - Sat: 9am - 6pm
      • Website: elhmovingcompany.com
      by Sandi Pope ConsumerAffairs Research Team

      Sandi Pope previously worked in the nonprofit sector as an advocate for environmental and social change and believes information access is a human right. As a member of the ConsumerAffairs Research Team, she seeks to provide consumers with the necessary information needed in making life-altering decisions.

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