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Old 08-05-2010, 06:01 PM
 
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OK, so Matson no longer does anything less than a full container (20') so I cannot go with them directly. I am looking for a local company that can provide "liftvan" wooden boxes. Each holds about 200 cubic ft. At least you all have gotten me on the right track. Grateful, I am!!! ;0)
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Old 08-05-2010, 06:27 PM
 
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Depending on what island your moving to, PODS, ReloCube, etc are options for smaller loads.
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Old 08-05-2010, 11:23 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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We just moved in June from Colorado. Matson brought the container to our house, and we had the local Mayflower Company load it for us (we had packed the boxes ourselves). They charged $87 per hour for two people, plus the fuel surcharge, etc. I interviewed three local moving companies and hired the one that had the most experience with packing loads being shipped over the ocean and also the one that gave me the most detailed quote. When we got to Hawaii, we hired some locals at $20/hour each to unload.

Definitely recommend using movers to pack the container, although others on this forum have done it themselves. Besides the fact that the container is four feet off the ground, the movers knew how to pack everything in there tight, and they built a bulkhead in the remaining space that we didn't fill. Everything make it here in good shape.
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Old 08-06-2010, 12:06 AM
 
Location: Hawaii-Puna District
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OK, so Matson no longer does anything less than a full container (20') so I cannot go with them directly. I am looking for a local company that can provide "liftvan" wooden boxes. Each holds about 200 cubic ft. At least you all have gotten me on the right track. Grateful, I am!!! ;0)
Shipping a half full 20 foot container may be near the same cost as the PODS or similar options. Just be very wary of using brokers as you have already been exposed to.
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Old 08-06-2010, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Kailua, Oahu, HI and San Diego, CA
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When we moved from California to Hawaii (20 years ago) we did it without a moving company.

We had Matson deliver a container to our street, packed boxes ourselves, hired individuals to load the furniture and the boxes in the container, had Matson (or maybe a trucker) pick it up. Matson delivered it to the dock in Honolulu, then we hired a trucker to deliver it to our door in Kailua. I think we unpacked it.

Saved about 50% of what a moving company quoted us.

Hank
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:25 AM
 
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PacificFlights....Just wondering .... have you had any personal experience with ReloCube? We will be moving to Oahu from the East Coast in a couple of months and we are trying to find a more cost effective way of getting our household items over...Been considering USPS, but unless you have something small to fit in that small box that they advertise (if it fits, it ships), it's costly.
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Old 08-09-2010, 10:42 PM
 
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I used ABF U-Pack (that's the relo cube folks) from Providence to Honolulu about 2 years ago... a bit more. I had no complaints at all. The containers are SMALL... you're not bringing a household or even an apartment full. Think of it as your essentials plus maybe a few sentimental pieces. But they picked up on time, delivered on time, no hassles, nothing broken (of course that's mostly thanks to the folks who helped us pack the thing).
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:22 PM
 
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ditto the above post. The cubes are not big, so you have to be careful what you are bringing. cubic feet to cubic feet, they are just over twice the cost of a container, but if you can fit all your stuff in the crate, the cost would be cheaper than geting a container and paying lower cubic feet cost but paying for 3 times the emty space your not going to fill.
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Old 08-10-2010, 02:42 PM
 
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Thanks for the info...and clarification on the cube. I appreciate it. It would certainly be helpful if Matson would just let you pack everything possible (within reason) into the vehicle when they ship it. It would save on costs tremendously!
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