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Sina Engelke

MBA Human Resource Management


"In order to complement my MBA degree with some real-world experience in the actual field of Human Resources, I had decided to take one of my classes as an internship.


Information about Relocating to Hawai'i

Are you excited about moving to Hawaii?  Are you ready for beautiful ocean and mountains of Oahu?  Have you considered what it takes to make a move of over a few thousand miles?  If you have then you realize that there are many details to complete before moving to your new island home.  When faced with finding housing, transporting your household goods and getting ready to start a graduate program, moving to Hawaii can seem like a daunting task.  With this being the case, below we have provided a list of helpful links and information that will hopefully make your transition as easy as possible.


There are many forms of public transportation in Honolulu from HPU Airport Shuttle to riding The Bus. Here is some helpful information on public and commercial transportation as well as how to ship your automobile to Hawaii and get it registered. Don't forget to get a Hawaii Drivers License to get Kama’aina (locals) discounts.

  1. The Bus
  3. Car and Household Goods Shipping
  4. Car Registration
  5. Driver's License/ID card
  6. Airport Shuttle


One of the first things that you will want to do, once you arrange housing in Honolulu is get your utilities turned on.  Below is a list of the local utility companies:

  1. Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO)
  2. Hawai'i Gas
  3. Water
  4. Oceanic Time Warner (Cable and Internet)


Finding housing in Honolulu can be the most stressful part of relocating to Hawaii.  There are many options in many price ranges.  Please use the links below to find out more about student housing and other independent housing options.

  1. HPU Off campus Housing
  2. Hawai'i Student Housing
  3. Other resources


There are many places to get groceries in Honolulu, from large chain stores to local farmer’s markets.  Below is a list of stores with their locations in Honolulu:

  1. Safeway
  2. Don Quioxote
  3. Foodland
  4. Times
  5. Whole Foods
  6. Down to Earth (All Vegetarian/All Organic)
  7. Farmer's Markets

Other Shopping

Shopping in Honolulu can be fun and exciting with all of the choices available.  Below is a list of places that will help you create a affordable and comfortable living space:

  1. Ala Moana Center
  2. Wal-Mart
  3. Costco
  4. Ross
  5. Longs Drugs


In the old days moving a pet to Hawaii required quarantine of the animal for 90 days. And the reason for this is Hawaii is rabies free and the state would like to keep it that way.

The state has since removed the requirement for the quarantine if you jump through the hoops correctly. This means if you do the paper work properly you can bring your pet home with you straight from the airport on arrival.

All the rules and forms are available from the state website for complete animal info. If the paperwork doesn't scare you that the state requires, you can handle it yourself. But if you would rather turn it over to an expert, you might try this pet relocation service to Hawai'i if you don't want to deal with all of the paperwork and guidelines.  


Like many major cities, there are many banking options in Honolulu.  The following banks are Hawaii’s most trusted and established and they also offer student accounts:

  1. Bank of Hawaii:
  2. First Hawaiian Bank:          
  3. American Savings Bank: