Moving from Oakland, CA, to Honolulu, HI

Moving 2,400 miles across the Pacific Ocean

Making the 2,400-mile move from Oakland, CA, to Honolulu, HI, can be challenging, but it’s also the start of a great adventure.  

According to the 2020 U.S. Census, Oakland is a larger city of 440,646 compared to Honolulu’s population of 350,964. But when you consider the metro area of 1.02 residents around Hawaii’s capital city — it’s significantly bigger.  

Keep reading to learn what else is in store for you on the Hawaiian Islands. 

Tropical island climate

The weather in Oakland is fairly mild, and you can expect things to be a bit warmer and wetter in Honolulu. Temperatures in the tropical city typically stay between 68 and 87 degrees, and sunshine is abundant, exceeding 265 days each year. 

Hawaii’s capital city gets approximately 49 inches of rain annually in frequent, short showers. That’s about twice as much as Oakland, so it might be time to invest in some new rain gear.  

Take on Honolulu like a tourist

Millions of visitors flock to Honolulu each year, and by living there, you can enjoy attractions like a tourist without having to leave! Here are some popular places for sightseeing: 

  • Aloha Tower 
  • Bishop Museum 
  • Honolulu Museum of Art 
  • Honolulu Zoo 
  • Kapiolani Park 
  • Pearl Harbor Memorial 
  • Waikiki Aquarium 
  • Waikiki Beach 

Adjusting to a new cost of living

Honolulu is known for being expensive, but compared to Oakland, the cost of living is slightly lower. Aviation banking, education, health care and hospitality jobs are popular in the city. Plus, many residents of Hawaii work from home for employers based on the mainland.  

Because of its island location, you can expect goods shipped from the mainland to be more expensive. Shipping times will be longer than you experienced in California, so it’s best to plan ahead when ordering necessities.  

Let U-Pack take the stress out moving to Hawaii

With service centers near Oakland and Honolulu, U-Pack® is ready to handle your move to Hawaii. We’re a DIY moving service with over 25 years of experience in long-distance moving. You handle packing, loading and unloading, and then we take care of transporting your things. Get a free online quote today or call us at 844-362-5303844-594-3077. We’re here to help!