Trucking in the Aloha State.

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Disgruntledriver, Oct 27, 2014.

  1. Disgruntledriver

    Disgruntledriver Light Load Member

    Since forever, my dream has always been to live in Hawaii. I know that Hawaii and Trucking go together about like Milk and Sushi, but I've heard, researched and seen that there are actually opportunities way over on those islands for professional drivers. So yes, the opportunities exist BUT I want to find out more, do more research and hopefully hear from some people who have experience in such or know more than I. One big thing that attracts me to Hawaii is the "Aloha Spirit" and the more simplistic, simple and laid back lifestyle. I understand that there IS work to be done and you've got to do your duty, it IS a civilization after all and people do have deadlines to meet and jobs to do. But, at the same time I've been told they are a lot more laid back, against overworking and more about relaxing. I hope this doesn't all come out wrong, in fact these things I've heard may be 100% completely false, I've never lived there or even visited before unfortunately. The thing is, I have nothing really tying me down to any one place. I don't have any major expenses either and I don't mind living cheaply to be living in a nice place, especially one that may be more laid back than the hustle and bustle of the big cities I'm used to.

    Anyways, I don't mean to ramble on but am curious, do the driving jobs over there work their drivers as hard as the ones over here? From what I've seen if anything they pay a little less, is that true? Because of course the living expenses over there are about equal to California costs. Most importantly, what KIND of commercial driving jobs are available over there? I've seen most of the tour bus places ask for years of experience, usually prior with buses. I know the gasoline is getting to those gas stations some how and have even seen a full sized tanker on Maui at a gas station thanks to GoogleMaps. I know there are agricultural industries there that need freight moved. I also know there's a lot of containers, of course product has to get from ship to store some how. I personally would prefer to live on the Big Island and am totally opposed to living on Oahu as I'm trying to get AWAY from big-city hustle and bustle. I know DHE has a terminal in the Kona region on the Big Island, how hard is it to get on with some where like that? Do OO's haul the containers around over there or are there companies doing the work and where do they get their workers from? I have HEARD that in Hawaii they would rather hire a local with no experience than a expat fresh to the islands with more experience. I find that hard to believe but is it true?

    Surely there is work over there for a class A driver with a clean record, going on 2 years of experience and all their endorsements. Question is what it might make, the schedule and how hard those jobs are to come by. I've just never seen this discussed before and figured it would make for a interesting topic at least.
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  3. Night Prowler

    Night Prowler Medium Load Member

    Aug 9, 2013
    Temple, Texas
    good questions keepmus posted !
  4. ryan5464

    ryan5464 Light Load Member

    Dec 9, 2013
    Conway, AR
    I'm sure they have to have people doing what I have done for the last year. Food service/ Convenience service. I'm assuming someone has to haul fuel around too. Im sure ups and fedex have the home delivery routes over there but I wonder if they run tractor trailers. Never thought about it.
  5. Florida Playboy

    Florida Playboy Road Train Member

    Dec 19, 2012
    Since forever it has always been my dream to live in Southern California. You go to Hawaii and I'll take your spot okay?
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  6. Disgruntledriver

    Disgruntledriver Light Load Member

    You got it sir, but you have to find me the job in HI first :biggrin_25520: also expect a pace similar to the one you're use to in Chi-Town here in SoCal.

    They do definitely have tractor trailers there. I have seen them on Maui, Big Island, Oahu and even Kauai. They are all day cabs of course. I've heard DHE offers the positions in Kona to drivers who have been with the company for a long time BUT that might just be a rumor. Seems like there are some of us who are curious. Not everyone wants to move to a secluded Island 3,000 miles away, over the ocean. Especially with a family, but for a select few like me it might be a interesting opportunity.
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  7. Lepton1

    Lepton1 Road Train Member

    Nov 23, 2012
    Yukon, OK
    I've been to the big island and Oahu. I agree that if you want a more laid back lifestyle, the big island is definitely were it's at.

    I saw a lot of containers on the big island. Also local delivery trucks.

    Regarding cost of living, it's WAY more expensive than Southern California. Food costs are out the roof.

    The big island takes a long day to drive around it by car. It would be a challenge in a big rig. There's everything from rain forests on the north coast to desert and cactus on the southeast coast. Kona coast on the west side was my favorite.
  8. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    You can also get mugged over there in a heartbeat if you wander into the wrong neighborhood. You must really be careful there. Some people there consider people from the mainland USA to be foreigners trying to take over "their" island, even though their ancestors immigrated to Hawaii from other countries such as Japan, and South Pacific islands. When you start looking for an apartment be sure you say you want a "safe" neighborhood and the agent will know where you fit in.
  9. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Move to Las Vegas; then only one more step to go!
  10. 38short

    38short Light Load Member

    Sep 10, 2007
    Katy Tx
    I was born on the Big Island and hauled sugar cane in the 80's. A lot has changed but it's still got that old Hawaiian slow pace. Google the local newspaper The Hawaii Tribune Herald also craigslist and talk to employers looking for truck drivers.The Big Island isn't Honolulu diamond head Waikiki beach check it out.
  11. Skate-Board

    Skate-Board Road Train Member

    Aug 9, 2014
    Merrimack, NH
    They eat more Spam over there then all the rest of the country. Even McDonald's has Spam on the menu. Get use to driving 30 most of the time and they don't like people moving there.
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