Shipping to the Hawaiian Islands
Although ships sail from port to Oahu every Wednesday and Saturday,
the following delivery example is based on Saturday only from Los
Angeles. Saturday is the only day outer island freight sails.
- All freight leaves Long Beach (sails) on Saturday morning.
- All freight arrives at Honolulu Harbor Wednesday evening.
- All containers are "grounded" Thursday and Friday.
- Hawaiian Express is notified by the Steamship Line as containers are grounded and ready for pickup.
- All Oahu accounts are notified either Thursday afternoon or Friday morning and appointments for delivery are made at that time.
- Oahu freight begins being delivered on Friday or at set appointment times. (For Wednesday's sailing, delivery begins Tuesday.)
To Outer Islands, first 3 steps above, then
- All Outer Island containers are craned to an Island hopping vessel.
- All Maui freight arrives at the port of Kahului on Friday afternoon. The carriers are notified of freight availability on Monday morning, although we know what freight we are getting on Friday because we have a direct link-up with the Steamship Lines.
- Maui customers are notified on Monday afternoon (after we have worked the freight) and appointments usually begin on Tuesday (sometimes on "hot" freight, we can effect delivery Monday).
- Hawaii customers (Hilo/"The Big Island") are on the same schedule as Maui customers, except for the Kailua/Kona side of the island, which is delivered Thursday-Friday.
- Kauai customers are notified Monday and deliveries begin Tuesday.