Interisland Shipping to Hawaii Made Easy

Your Trusted Partner for Hawaii Freight Services

Since 1982, Hawaiʻi’s businesses have trusted Royal Hawaiian Movers with their freight needs. With locations on Oʻahu, Maui, Kauaʻi, and both sides of the Big Island (Hilo & Kailua-Kona), our teams and fleets are perfectly positioned to get your freight anywhere in Hawaii.

Access to all modes of freight transportation—ocean, air, and over-the-road—offers us maximum flexibility in moving Hawaiʻi cargo to its final destination. Owned fleets on all four major islands mean we have complete control over our schedules, so we can pick up or deliver your freight at a time that’s convenient for you. We also offer a full roster of storage, warehousing, and logistics solutions. Let our experts custom-tailor a freight package to meet your business’ needs.

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Our Hawaii Freight Solutions

Air Freight

When you need your freight fast, we can connect you with air freight solutions. Pick-up and drop-off service available anywhere in Hawaiʻi.

Ocean Freight

Cost-effective service for interisland cargo between O’ahu, Maui, Kaua’i, and the Big Island. We offer door-to-door service for all Hawaiʻi ocean freight.

Trucking

Our owned fleet of tractors, box trucks with lift gates, flatbeds, and more give us the flexibility to move freight anywhere on O’ahu, Maui, Kaua’i, and the Big Island.

Short-Haul/Drayage

We’ll take you beyond the port with door-to-door freight service on all four major islands. Whether you’re going to or from a port, warehouse, or storefront, we’ve got you covered.

Storage

Need a little extra room to store your inventory? We have solutions for both on-island and mainland storage. We’ll match your budget with the right solution.

Mainland/International Freight

Our sister company, Approved Freight Forwarders, can easily ship your freight to/from the mainland and also internationally.

Connecting the Hawaii Islands – Your Complete Freight Solution

Interisland Freight Made Easy

Owned fleets on Oʻahu, Maui, Kauaʻi, and both sides of the Big Island (Hilo & Kailua-Kona) mean our customers enjoy priority pickup and delivery scheduling to minimize disruption to business operations. We go beyond port to port service and can move freight door to door anywhere in the Hawaiian Islands.

Mainland & International Shipping To/From Hawaii

In partnership with our sister company, Approved Freight Forwarders, we can deliver a full portfolio of mainland and international freight solutions. No need to coordinate multiple providers or piece together a cargo route through agents. We’ll create an all-in-one solution that keeps you in the same safe hands from door to door.

Your One-Stop Hawaii Freight Solution

Few companies have the local expertise to move Hawaiʻi freight with ease, plus the global reach that makes mainland and international freight simple. Trust the Royal Hawaiian team to get your freight where it needs to go—on budget and on time. Reach out today for a complimentary quote for your next Hawaiʻi freight project.

Frequently Asked Questions About Hawaii Freight

Freight gets to Hawaii either by air freight or by ocean freight. Once freight arrives in Hawaiʻi, it moves around the islands via truck, interisland barge, or interisland air freight.

A number of different providers ship freight to Hawaiʻi via:

  • Air freight – Hawaiʻi is serviced by dedicated air cargo carriers such as Aloha Air Cargo, Pacific Air Cargo, and Kamaka Air, as well as air carriers that also operate passenger flights, including Hawaiian Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, United Airlines, and others.
  • Ocean freight – For mainland shipments, the Hawaiian ocean cargo lanes are primarily served by two shipping lines: Matson and Pasha Hawaiʻi. Interisland barges are operated by Young Brothers. International Hawaiʻi freight moves via carriers such as Matson, ONE, and CMA CGM/APL.

The exact cost of shipping a container to Hawaiʻi depends on factors such as: the origin and destination; the contents of your container; and whether you need services like door-to-door pickup and delivery. Read more about Hawaiʻi ocean freight.

The best shipping method to Hawaiʻi is the one that matches the right speed with your budget. Faster methods for moving freight, like air freight, are generally the most expensive. Slower methods, like ocean freight, tend to be more budget-friendly.

Working with one of our Hawaiʻi freight experts can help you strike the right balance to optimize your inventory levels while protecting your bottom line.

Plants, Animals, and Soil: The Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture has a number of rules and regulations around plants, plant parts, animals, microorganism cultures, soil, and related containers entering the Hawaiian Islands. Some items are subject to inspection and must be declared, while others are prohibited entirely. Before you plan your next shipment, check out this list on the Plant Industry Division website.

Hazardous Materials: Many hazardous materials can be shipped to Hawaiʻi via ocean freight, as long as they’re declared and documented properly. Air cargo, however, is subject to more stringent restrictions where hazardous materials are concerned.

If you’re shipping hazardous or restricted items, it pays to work with one of our freight experts. They can help you choose the right transportation mode and file the correct paperwork to simplify the process of sending your cargo to Hawaiʻi.

 

Yes, it’s possible to ship less-than-truckloads, less-than-container loads, and other smaller loads to Hawaiʻi via:

  • Ocean freight: Smaller freight shipments move in what are called consolidations/less-than-container loads (LCL). LCL shipments are loaded into an ocean freight container with other shipments bound for nearby destinations.
  • Air freight: Time-sensitive shipments might also qualify for air freight, depending on their dimensions and their weight.

For more information on moving LTL shipments to Hawaii, talk to one of our experts.

Additional Resources on Hawaii Freight Services