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Old 21-09-2018, 07:06   #16
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Re: Hopping on a Boat from California to Hawaii:

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No one did. Including the guy you are responding to.


There are cargo ships out there that will take passengers. As mentioned, usually less expensive than a cruise ship, but not by a whole lot.
Agreed. I have looked into the cargo ship scene and they donít really offer much in the way of cost savings. There are certain advantages however like longer stops at ports which offer sightseeing advantages. Cruise ships usually only stop for a few hours.
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No, I heard garbage barges take Hawaii's trash back to California?
This was something that was seriously discussed about 10 years ago, but was not actually done. On the Island of Oahu, most trash is incinerated in large trash burners which also generate electricity. On the other islands, landfills are still the primary solution though trash burners are probably in their future as well.
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Re: Hopping on a Boat from California to Hawaii:

coming from a slightly different angle, from long term full time residents of Kauai.

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You want to just jump on a vessel, and make a free passage to Hawaii, Be fed, and have a berth for no outlay on your part. Apparently no plan of what to do after arrival.

What are your plans after you arrive ? . Will you have the money for lodging on a long term basis. Most everything is fairly expensive in the islands and hard to find.

Good paying jobs are rare, even for professionals . Unskilled jobs do not pay much, even if you can find one. Do you have a up to date resume of your back ground, personal and employment history.

How about transportation after you arrive and a good amount of yankee green in your pockets. I am construing, you will be arriving at the port in Oahu. Where will you go ? Have you actually researched what it takes to live in the islands ?

We visited for 12 years, and lived on Kauai for 10 yrs. Yes, we visited all of the islands, but mostly kauai. We settled on Kauai Island because our hearts were there. During those visits, we explored the island, found the areas that we preferred to live .



alsoo , during visits, I had put in resumes for some jobs, and had employment within three days of moving over arrival, We also, months before making the decision to move over, we contacted a property management company on Kauai Island , and had them looking for our new hale. We flew over on American, on a dedicated trip , to look at properties, and put down a long term lease deposit in march, returned to the mainland to get rid of every thing , and moved over in may.

We sold or gave away, or tossed all of our mainland " stuff" since it was too expensive to ship. We did ship our new car, with Pasha, for about $ 1100.00.


We needed a partially furnished place, but had buy many household items that eventually became more extensive.

We immediately got our Hawaiian drivers licenses, and new state of Hawaii, registration and plates for the car. We became involved in the island, with volunteering for beach , and river and harbor clean ups, we joined various service groups, we became sierra club hike leaders, all volunteer.

We lived on Kauai for 10 years, in two different long term rentals , that fit us, and found that finding those long term rentals was difficult.

The OP has not mentioned any prior planning as to how he was going to subsist in Hawaii . Different strokes, but we did a lot of research and planning prior to our move. We also had to rent a SUV, for about a month before our RX-8 , was delivered by Pasha to the Matson Warf, in Nawiliwili harbor.

As to hopping on a small sailing vessel, for free, and making the passage across the pond without any seamanship or nautical knowledge, that would not happen.
Sorry, but you would be a liability.

We have found, that in life, thar aint no free lunch, we have had to work and study and earn our way.

However we met, really neat, young people from the mainland, who moved to kauai and were working in the visitor industry on Kauai. Some moved over after visiting , and left the mainland far behind. Others had left good mainland jobs, with all of the stress involved, and decided to chuck all that, and be bartenders, or waitresses, or sales reps . We made all kinds of friends, and absolutely loved kauai island and the people from all walks of life.

Still, it is hard to find a job, and make a living, and most all of them shared a rented place, to be able to have a roof over their heads. More power to them, and we appreciated their actually living their lives in paradise. Most were very young and could work on real careers a few years down the road.

Frankly, asking about a free berth on a garbage scow, to get to hawaii from the west coast, without any plan or knowledge of the islands, could be some what challenging.

Anyway, food for thought.

Closing with an old military axiom : the seven p's.

prior proper planning prevents piss poor performance.
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