Updated 5/15/23


We love Hawaiʻi freight. Ingrained deep in our company culture is the long history, tradition, and practice of moving goods to the Hawaiian Islands. We’ve spent generations building strong ties to Hawaiʻi, and the concept of ʻohana informs everything we do. The Approved ʻohana encompasses all of our team members and clients on and off the islands, and we take our responsibility to our ʻohana seriously.

We also love sharing the knowledge we’ve acquired working in the Hawaiʻi freight lanes. If you aren’t familiar with the Hawaiian Islands—or you’re new to the ocean freight industry—you might not know off the top of your head where Nāwiliwili or Kaumalapau Harbors are.

Below, we’ll introduce you to these two, plus 8 additional vital ports in Hawaiʻi. We’ll show you what each port is used for and why each one is particularly awesome!

Overall, these seaports provide a vital link to the goods, supplies, and materials that Hawaiʻi’s residents count on for everyday life. In fact, 85% of goods in the state are imported, and 91% of those imports move through Hawaiʻi’s commercial harbors.

In other words, it’s impossible to overstate the importance these 10 ports have to the people and the businesses of Hawaiʻi. Come along with us, and we’ll give you the full tour.

Percentage of goods in Hawaiʻi that are imported
Of imports pass through Hawaiʻi’s harbors

Honolulu Harbor, Oʻahu

Tons of cargo handled through Honolulu Harbor each year

Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor, Oʻahu

State ranking for amount of port activity

Kewalo Basin, Oʻahu

Number of slips in Kewalo Basin Harbor

Kahului Harbor, Maui

Maximum depth at Kahului Harbor

Kaunakakai Harbor, Molokaʻi

Length of the pier at Kaunakakai, the longest in the state

Kaumālapaʻu Harbor, Lānaʻi

The price Larry Ellison, founder of Oracle, paid in 2012 for a 98% share of Lānaʻi to its previous owner, Castle & Cooke Inc.

Hilo Harbor, Hawaiʻi/Big Island

The year of the first construction at Hilo Harbor—a stone pier

Kawaihae Harbor, Hawaiʻi/Big Island

Nāwiliwili Harbor, Kauaʻi

Nautical miles between Nāwiliwili and Honolulu Harbors
Port Allen Harbor Kauai
Nautical miles between Port Allen and Honolulu Harbors

The 10 Ports That Keep Hawaiʻi Supplied

These 10 ports in Hawaiʻi are profoundly important to the people and economies of the islands. From the bustling commercial harbor in Honolulu to the sleepy but beautiful Port of Allen, each location keeps store shelves stocked and businesses running.


At Approved Freight, we consider it our ongoing honor to work with the wonderful businesses and people of Hawaiʻi. We’re looking forward to keeping the ports busy with consolidations and full-container loads for years to come.


If you’re looking for an experienced partner for your Hawaiʻi freight needs, reach out to us. We’d love to help make your next Hawaiʻi shipment both simple and cost-effective.

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