Moving to Honolulu Hawaii

Moving to Honolulu, Hawaii

We hope you enjoy our Aloha State and would like to make your move across the ocean as easy as possible.  We have collected some information that we hope will help you move to your new home without unnecessary delays.


Oahu has 6 major malls: Ala Moana Center, Pearlridge Center, Windward Wall, Waikele Premium Outlets, Ka Makana Alii, and Kahala Mall, as well as several major discount stores such as Costco, Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart, Don Quijote, Target, The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Office Depot, and Best Buy.


Hawaii does not observe daylight savings time.  Therefore, in winter you will be two hours behind the West Coast and five hours behind the East Coast.  In the summer, Hawaii is three hours behind the West Coast and six hours behind the East Coast.


On Oahu, “The Bus”  is operated by the city.  Over 250,000 people ride 110 routes each day, giving Oahu the highest per capita ridership in the United States.  This high patronage rate is attributable to convenient service and low price. As of Jan 1, 2020, the fees are: $2.75 per adult (18 and over) or $5.50 for a one-day pass, $1.00 for seniors (age 65 or older) or $2.00/one day pass, and $1.25 one way for youth (6 to 17), or $2.50/day pass.  Commuters can purchase monthly bus passes with unlimited use for $70.00 for adults and $35.00 for Youth (6 to 17) at selected supermarkets, drug stores, 7-11’s, and financial institutions.  Senior citizens (age 65 or older) and handicapped people can get a monthly pass for $10.00  Apply for passes at TheBus Pass Office: Kalihi Transit Center or at Satellite City Halls.  To apply, you will need a birth certificate, passport, or driver’s license for identification.  Please see web site for current fares and details.

Information on bus routes and schedules may be obtained by calling 808-848-5555, or stopping by any Satellite City Hall to pick up a written schedule for each route.  Or click on the following link.  Routes and Timetables

A “Handi-Van”  program serving disabled people is available for a fee of $2 each way and operates weekdays from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.  For eligibility information call 808-538-0033 or Click Here.


Hawaii is served by a large variety of radio stations (AM and FM) for your listening pleasure.  Choose your favorite news, sports, rock, easy listening, religious, pop, or talk shows and tune in.


Oahu has only one daily newspaper, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser.   For subscription and circulation information, call 529-4747 or go to Each neighbor island also publishes its own local paper.

In addition, the Pacific Business News is published weekly and there is a complete line of national and international papers available at newsstands and bookstores.  For PBN, call 955-8040 or go to


Other Useful links

Hawaii Schools

Housing in Hawaii

Bringing your Car

Bringing your Pet


Honolulu Real Estate

Housing in Hawaii

Buying in Hawaii

Selling property in Hawaii

Foreign Ownership in Hawaii

Property Tax in Hawaii

Rent or Own


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