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Moving tips: How to move to Hawaii

Hawaii is a beautiful place, but moving there takes a few steps.

Hawaii is a beautiful place, but moving there takes a few steps.

Who hasn't dreamed of one day packing up and moving to a tropical paradise, of drinking rum out of coconuts while lying on the sand, watching surfers and Hula dancers move across an ocean backdrop. Fortunately, U.S. citizens can move to Hawaii without the hassle of immigration laws. There are, however, a few considerations when picking out your island home.

The first thing you should do is pick an island, suggests Hawaiian travel site To-Hawaii.com. Plan a trip to the islands and explore each thoroughly, as each has its own unique features. Oahu is home to capital city Honolulu, which is similar to many major U.S. cities, right down to the hustle and bustle of downtown living, traffic jams and noise pollution. If peace and quiet is your thing, Molokai or Lanai might be more to your taste. The two have the lowest population of any of the Hawaiian islands.

Once you've settled on a tropical location, it's time to find the right moving company. You obviously won't be able to drive a truck across the Pacific Ocean, so consider a company that offers portable storage containers. Some companies will drop off a container at your residence where you can pack at your leisure before it is shipped off to the new location. This could provide the perfect option for getting all your stuff to your island paradise. 

If you're a pet owner, be sure to check out Hawaii's strict rules regarding animal imports. Hawaii is entirely rabies-free, and officials intend to keep it that way. While you can apply for the state's "Five-Day-or-Less" program, most pets are required to stay in quarantine for a minimum of 120 days. Even puppies and kittens aren't exempt from the rule. Some non-domestic animals, such as wolves, dingoes or Bengal tigers, aren't allowed on the islands at all. Sorry, Siegfried and Roy.

Before you settle into your new island digs, be warned: Hawaii is an expensive place to call home. The average two-bedroom apartment in Honolulu exceeds $1,600 per month while the average wage is just $13.37 per hour. To afford rent, workers would have to make more than $31 per hour, according to To-Hawaii. The situation is the same statewide. On every island except The Big Island of Hawaii, the wages required to afford a two-bedroom apartment are more than double the average wage earned by Hawaiians.