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From the mailbox, "Hi there, we are currently living off post but stationed at Fort Bragg North Carolina. We're supposed to PCS to Hawaii next year and was wondering if anyone could help me find off post housing or recommendations and what's a better option. I would really appreciate anyone's help and suggestions." ... See MoreSee Less

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Robert Maryann LobdellIf the off base feel is what you desire; there are SEVERAL military housing areas that are not gated in. They look like regular mainland housing areas. Except, they have free trash pickup, playgrounds and some have community pools too.

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Rebecca Masincupp MarloweI think it depends on your rank and the amount of children you have. If your husband is lower ranking enlisted and you want a four bedroom. Live on post. If your husband is an 05 you could afford to live off post. We buy everywhere we go except here. We live on the windward side and couldn't find a house that didn't need a complete overhaul. If we were on the leeward side we might have bought. One thing to keep in mind is prices so continue to climb but are you going to be in the house long enough to make money? The price won't climb enough in 3-7 years to make money. And if you have a house in Hawaii. It will be the ONLY house you have. Where as if you buy on the mainland you could own more than one. From a standpoint of having a rental property. I wouldn't want one in Hawaii. Up keep cost more. I have a home in Colorado Springs as a rental. I see the cost to the owner of maintaing the house I rent now and it's much more up keep. Hope this helps.

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Jessi AlessandroEwa beach has some really nice homes for under BAH. Your best option would be to search Honolulu Craigslist for homes to see what homes you can get for whatever price range you're at. We did this for months and found out there's not cheap homes where we're located unless we wanted to commute 30 minutes or more

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Melissa ZalesLocation in HI isn't just about pretty views and the kids' schools (if it applies)... it's also about traffic. If your heading in the wrong direction during rush hour, be ready to sit in it for a long while... and be ready to add in the extra gas and vehicle maintenance costs to your budget as a result of sitting in said traffic.

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Miranda HawsIt is a great place to invest your BAH! Let your money make you money. Home values steadily increase because there is only so much room to develop. Contact me for more info. I work for Team Lally of KW, (the #1 Real Estate Team on Hawaii) miranda@teamlally.com 808 649 8315

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Erin CurlettWe love Kailua! Though I will say I wish we had a place with central air (which you can find on post). It gets pretty hot/humid here when the trade winds aren't blowing.

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Erika VidesThank you all so much for all the suggestions and for taking the time to answer my question. My husband is E4, hopefully E5 before we move there, no children EXCEPT FOR A CAT AND A HUSKY( both neutered and UTD on all shots). I DO NOT Plan on rehoming them, that is not an option. They are my children and they have to come with us one way or another. We're not 100% sure which base we're going to be stationed at, but as of right now it looks like Schofield. I work at a Pier 1 Imports here and that's another thing that I need to be relatively close to since I'm planning on transferring to one near our assigned station.

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Samantha AguirreWe PCS from Bragg 7 months ago we are a Fort Shaffer and I agree we tried looking off base before we got here and nothing we were in a long waiting list we thought we wasn't going to get a place but we did best bet is to live on base. Safe travels! Be ready for that is long and tiring!

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Devon CarpenterMy suggestion is to live on post unless y'all don't mind traffic. A normal 15 minute drive can turn into a! Hour easily on the island. If you want an "off post" and y'all will be stationed on Schofield, check out Helemano Military Reservation.

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Danielle ShiverKaneohe Bay base housing is pretty awesome! Highly recommend that ( we just moved from there and many started off base and moved on base because of the amenities you get on base and home sizes plus utilities included

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Debra NelsonSo many differing opinions, so let me add my 2 cents. I always recommend to do thorough research and live in an area at least 6 months before you decide to buy. You need that time to get a feel for it. Some families have more of a nest egg for housing issues, extra utility costs (which I didn't even think about until we lived there). The kilowatt per hour is nearly triple what we pay in Texas. Extremely expensive to run electricity. Anyway, we lived in housing (Halsey) and loved it. Hubby was about 15 mins from house to work most days. Traffic is the issue so again, I would rent until you were there to see how it all works for your family. Good luck!

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Stephanie ArmstrongBUY BUY BUY!!! I can't emphasize this enough. You are getting more money for BA H then you will get anywhere else in the country or out of the country for that matter so investing it in real estate is a great wealth building opportunity for you. I wish someone would've pushed us to buy when we moved here. We rented for two years and we finally bought a house and could not be happier with our decision to do so. We bought in Mililani and it's awesome!!!

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Maryalice MarstonCheck out gomillie.com it's a resource for military and it has commute times and info on different neighborhoods!

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Chantel MartinHi ladies I have been reading some of these posts and was wondering if i could get some advice??? We could be possibly PCSing there august of 2017 , We have a 17 year old girl who will be a senior ... I have heard mixed things about the schools there and was hoping for some feedback...

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Courtnie KarrakerI live in Mililani and we love it. We save money and its super convenient fire both my husband and me.

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Frank N Mary StaropoliMCBH loved living there! πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’• Loved the school, neighborhood, and made good friends plus less of a drive for my husband:)

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Karla Joy LearyGet section eight housing to help you. They have all kinds of listings. In Honolulu. Hawaii.

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Dawn Patterson MillsDo not buy a house, stay in housing It's nice safe and you won't fight the traffic

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Katie RitchieTake into consideration where your husband's work is and traffic

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Karla Joy Leary808 area code has a 211 help line for people new to Hawaii.

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From the mailbox, "This is our first PCS and I don't know whether to be excited or a nervous wreck lol. I don't know where to start or what to look forward to! Any pointers for us? We have 3 girls and one on the way!" ... See MoreSee Less

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Stephanie Leonard EckmanHickam was my first PCS. It is a wonderful way to start, but nothing will ever compare. That said, it's is an easy base and area to acclimate to. Get involved, volunteer and enjoy it.

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Robert Maryann LobdellWhere will your spouse work? We live in Hickam and my husband works on Fort Shafter. We live Hickam but it truly depends on where your hubby is stationed. What are the ages of your children? If they are school age they must have their shot records with a TB Tine test completed prior to starting school. On Hickam all of the elementary students attend the installation school. I live closer to the school. All the the kids on our side walk, the parents transport or they ride bikes scooters etc. They also have a dress code. They all wear the same shirts and possibly have different colors for different days. They are cute little cotton shirts with waves on the front. There are many different activities for your children here on Oahu. It doesn't matter which area you live; you will find an activity. Many people ask on post vs off post. I prefer on post. I have friends that prefer off post. Many places do not take animals and we have 2 dogs. However, electricity is expensive off post and the commute to the commissary may add up. My suggested start... if possible downsize the items you haven't used. We ended up with 3 large boxes for donation. Good luck and just know that the temp today high 82* and tomorrow 84* We did keep some winter clothes. We have them packed but you may want to go back to the mainland or travel to a cooler place.

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Amber MarieWhat base will you be on??? Look forward to the Dole Plantation, beautiful beaches, lots of resorts, golf courses, whale watching, hiking, surfing, Waikiki, experiencing a new culture... at first the locals are not very friendly but if you continue to be friendly they will warm up to you. 😎🌴🍍🏝

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Lauren OwenHawaii Military Wives I sent a message a few weeks ago? Do you mind reading it and posting it if possible?

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Rebecca ThompsonHey everyone! Im the one that sent this ill answer all your questions you've asked me on each of your posts! Thank you all

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From the mailbox, "Hi,my family and I just found out we will be moving in May to Ft Shafter.we have 2 children and one has mild autism so I am wondering how the schools and health care is.also we might ship one of our cars but not sure what price we are looking at and we are still up in the air on if we are taking our cat with us.if anyone has any information or advice we would really appreciate it.thank you πŸ™‚" ... See MoreSee Less

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Rebecca Ann ZimmermanIf you're planning to bring your cat, go to this link and read up on the quarantine procedure/process: hdoa.hawaii.gov/ai/aqs/animal-quarantine-information-page/ There is the FAVN blood test that has to have a waiting period of 120 days completed before pets enter the state or will be in holding for the remainder of the time, if arrival is before the 120 days is up. There's also some other things to get together paperwork wise. There should be a link on this page to a brochure about the quarantine process & information regarding the 5 day or less program

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Rebecca Ann ZimmermanMy husband is being transferred to Pearl Harbor in July, so I've learned a few things so far. This isn't his first PCS- since he's been in over 11 yrs , but it is mine...since we've been married just a few months. A little bit of a learning experience for me.

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Myrna LaurenWe just left Hawaii and our oldest is high functioning autistic. He was mainstreamed into a regular classroom on a 504 plan. We also have a 4 year old (speech delayed) that was in the preschool program at the same school. My oldest received in home ABA therapy through Positive Support Services after school.

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Tet JetI am an occupational therapist and used to work for harris therapy. It was a great company so if u r looking for therapy services check them out. They do home health and I think they have a clinic now

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Shae CobbsMy son has autism as well. We love malama pono autism center for his aba therapy. He goes to preschool in aiea and seems to be learning quite a bit. Hope that helps

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Heather CarvalhoMy husband shopped around (looked online) and we paid less than $1100 to ship his car from Virginia. It shipped 6 weeks after my Jeep did and got here 2 weeks later. For your cat, make sure you start the quarantine NOW.

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Kymberlee Boakye SmithThe military ships one for free I thought but your looking at 21 to 2400 if from the east coast. From California to Hawaii it's 780.

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Melissa WaitesFirst car free. We paid Matson 2050 from FL to HI.

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Michele Yee SimpsonShipping my car from Virginia (Baltimore) was $2300

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From the mailbox, "Hi. My husband (E6) and I are waiting on orders to be finalized, but do know we're supposed to be coming to Pearl Harbor - potentially April or May sometime I think...but will know exact date when we get the orders. Do you all have any recommendations for housing? We have one dog & no kids just yet, but plan on trying while we're in Hawaii." ... See MoreSee Less

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Kelln Tilo JrCan't stress enough, when bringing ur furbaby, to begin the necessary paperwork to avoid in state quarantine (it will be expensive, and hard on ur furbaby.) Base housing is awesome and extremely convenient (traffic can be something else!!) look up Hawaii and animals! If ur currently seeing an on base vet, they should be very familiar, but if not, there's so much information on line. Good luck and get ready to enjoy the 🌴🌺🌞

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Beth GonzalezYou don't need orders to start the process to bring your pet. I would start that tomorrow. It's 120 days of quarantine that needs to be completed before they can be released to you. Here is the info for that. hdoa.hawaii.gov/ai/aqs/animal-quarantine-information-page/

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Kate LarsonWith no kids especially as E6 I recommend looking at civilian housing. As nice as some of the military housing is, you can get a bigger house for less compared to the 2 bedroom duplex under 1000 sq feet you'll be offered in military housing. My husband is also E6. We have 4 cats. We rent in Kunia, have 3 bedrooms 1300sq feet, 2 car garage (vs 1 car in housing) and an actual yard. We pay 2600/month and our utilities never take us over what the 2017 BAH rate is. If you would prefer military housing for convenience (it's the closest after all) you can push them to give you a 3 bedroom, if you aren't happy with a 2 bedroom. The wait may be longer but technically it's illegal for them to discriminate based on family size.

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Rebecca Ann ZimmermanThank you all for the information! Our vet we are currently using has been helpful in prepping our dog. The FAVN blood test was done a month or so ago & has already been sent to Hawaii. The pet thing seemed so confusing to me at first ,but the way all his shots/etc are lining up...he should be good to go for the move.

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Rebecca Ann ZimmermanI'm excited about being in Hawaii a few years. I have lived in KY most of my life and CA going on a year now and next Hawaii. πŸ™‚ I will have lived in Hawaii longer than California.

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Rebecca QuinbyGet the Faven blood test done immediately at a military vet way cheaper and I'd recommend amr in the aliamanu community newer houses

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Alejandra N Sergio RamirezLook into Manana Housing in Pearl City. So far worth out BAH

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