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Old 07-22-2007, 03:00 AM
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Hi, was just told this week that a move to Hawai'i was very likely for me in the near future. Because of this I am trying to gather information to make the best decisions that I can and I just read the thread on shipping vs buying a car which was very useful.

Currently I live in Germany so I have the small car/ fuel efficient part down but after reading the other post am curious about whether a small truck or something similar would be a good start. What about something like a Jeep Wrangler?

Also is it recommended to bring or purchase a boat? I have heard that travel between the islands is quite expensive.

Thanks for your help.
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Old 07-24-2007, 07:47 AM
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Car: What I've been told is that it depends on your preferences. If you're gonna be up in the mountains or on some of the more difficult roads, then 4WD and some ground clearance is nice to have. Small SUV (RAV-4, CR-V, Forester) should work great (Jeep if you like 'em). A dealer I talked to said the 4x4 Tacoma pickup truck is extremely popular on the Big Island. On the other hand, if you're just tooling around on paved roads, then ... well then the world is your paved oyster :-)

As for the boats and inter-island travel: Actually, a plane flight from one island to the next is pretty inexpensive (and fast) compared to the price of running (and owning) (and docking) a boat. The new discount airline has fares of $29-$49 plus taxes. I've seen other airlines fares down in that range, too.

And remember the distances you're talking about. By plane, these are tiny hops. But by boat ... it's about 100 miles between major ports (Honolulu, Maui, Hilo) (similar in length to the wider places along the English Channel) and make no mistake, that's open ocean. I mean, if it's your hobby, then that's completely cool. But not as a way to save money.
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