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I know there aren't any roads across the Pacific, obviously. But is there any possible way to drive a car to Hawaii?

Let's say you were attempting to drive to all 50 states in the U.S., is there a not too difficult way to get that same vehicle over to Hawaii?

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so essentially, you're asking how to ship your car to Hawaii, or to travel by ferry or similar with your car to Hawaii? – Mark Mayo Jul 11 '12 at 19:28
Of course you can drive there, just ask the all-knowing Google! <G> (Never mind that it says "Kayak across the Pacific Ocean 2,756 mi) – Loren Pechtel Jul 11 '12 at 23:09
@MarkMayo, preferably a way to travel with the car out there, but I realize that shipping it by itself is probably the only way, and probably not worth it, economically. – jjeaton Jul 12 '12 at 5:50
@LorenPechtel - you'll struggle to take the car with the kayak ;) – Mark Mayo Jul 12 '12 at 5:55
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According to Wikitravel, unless your car is amphibious (like the Aquada), you'll need to get it freighted to Hawaii.

Fortunately this seems fairly common, and a quick google search gives a few results, including this on Hawaii Car Shipping:

According to them it usually takes three to four weeks, you will need a variety of paperwork and (of course) shipping insurance. But it's certainly possible.

However, you won't be driving WITH it. It'll be being shipped. So that depends on your technicality rules for your challenge.

Unfortunately, as per the same Wikitravel link, the days when everyone arrived by boat are gone. The only way you can get there yourself by boat is by cruise ship from the western coast of North America, for example, and I'm not sure if any companies allow you to bring your own car, let along drive it onto the boat...

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I spotted a few cars with Hawaii plates on them in Seattle, so at least some must be making the journey the other way! – Gagravarr Jul 11 '12 at 23:18
@Gagravarr: This page says that the U.S. military, as a special benefit to its personnel, will often pay to have their personal cars shipped when they are transferred. Given the large military presence in Hawaii, I'd guess that's what happened to these cars. Otherwise I would have to think it would be more cost-effective to sell the car and buy another one, especially since car prices in Hawaii would presumably be higher. – Nate Eldredge Jul 12 '12 at 5:11
@Gagravarr Saw one on Vancouver Island a couple months back. – SigueSigueBen Aug 17 '12 at 14:39
@NateEldredge High car prices in Hawaii would make it less economical to sell your car and buy a new one. Most personnel who are involved in a transfer to or from Hawaii will be non-Hawaiians who've been sent there. They would want to bring their existing car to Hawaii to avoid having to pay a premium to buy a new one there. Though I suppose that, when they leave again, they might leave the now old-ish car in Hawaii and buy a new one when they're back in the continental US. – David Richerby Jan 13 '15 at 10:58

The correct answer is no, it is not possible to drive to Hawaii.

However, you can have your car transported there by freight (ship) and drive around the island you have it shipped to. Visiting more than one island with your car would incur additional charges.

If you're going for an extended stay you can ship other things in the container with your car. That is how many people do it when moving permanently to Hawaii.

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There is a not-too-difficult way.

  1. Buy a boat large enough to transport a car.
  2. Drive your car onto the boat.
  3. Have the boat sail to Hawaii with your car on it. Depending on how strict your definition of driving is, you may want to stay on the car and/or keep it on at all time, for instance circling around the main deck. Bring enough gas.
  4. Once you have arrived in Hawaii, drive your car off the boat. Congratulations, you have driven to Hawaii.

If you are asking for not too difficult and not insanely expensive, well, that is another question.

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I think step 1 will be pretty difficult actually. I bet there's a lot of paperwork involved in owning and operating a boat that big. – CMaster Apr 17 at 10:20

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