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From the Mailbox: Airforce Specific "Good day!! We are going to be PCSing to HAF base and I was wondering about elementary, middle, and high schools for my kiddos. Do you all have recommendations for good schools? Also, I am a nursing student currently at the moment. What is the best regionally accredited college for this? What are some of the best housing areas on post? How long is the process for the dogs? I have two akitas and wondering if you all have any ballpark number how much it would all cost to fly them? Thank you all in advance" ... See MoreSee Less

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Kate DeYong MioneWe used United PetSafe for flying our dog. We paid about $350 for our 5 pounder. Start the quarantine process for asap for dogs. Hickam Housing is zoned for Radford High School. So far, so good with the high school. Get on all branches housing lists. The policy is that you can pre apply but you can not get on the active waitlist till you are on actually on island. Depending on rank, that will decide where you live in the housing communities.

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Jana Lunceford AlleyBe prepared with the costs associated with the quarantine process and start it TODAY. It is long, and requires quite a few steps ( i.e. current vaccinations, microchipping, titers and only after those things does can your pet start the 120 day quarantine)

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Mary GilreathIt cost me over $1000 to ship my one mini schnauzer when you add up all the costs for vet fees, bloodwork, lab fees, health cert, and shipping with Delta Cargo. I had to use Delta Cargo and ship him early because I was given tickets to fly American from LAX and none of the planes on that route are climate controlled underneath. Cargo shipping goes by weight so maybe you will be lucky enough to get to simply check them as baggage. Either way, go to a vet ASAP and get it started. I was in 29 Palms and the VCA was very familiar with what was needed. I imagine vets around a military town would be.

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Frances DrewWe are in Catlin Park which any service can live in and all enlisted. My kids attend Nimitz elementary and it's been great so far. My oldest will start middle this coming August so no feed back there but I have heard decent things about the school. As far as pets, if you have a military vet start there. Much cheaper and they are far less confused by the concept of moving to Hawaii. Cost about 200$ per dog to fly on top of blood work and fees. We have little dogs so they are a bit cheaper.

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Robert Maryann LobdellI concur with PetSafe for flying. We have a Lab and a Shih Tzu. It is worth the money to insure they fly the same day as you. Depending on the time of year some airlines won't fly animals because of heat restrictions. PetSafe has an area specifically set for animals (air conditioning). My daughter attends Radford HS. It depends on where the SM works and what school activities your child desires. My daughter had to decide between Monalua and Radford. She picked Radford

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Anna CourieUH in Honolulu has a nursing program.

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From the Mailbox:"Hello, I have a stupid question. Do the houses on base usually come with a washer and dryer or is that something we will need to bring with us? My husband is prior military, and we never lived on base during that time. Now that we are returning to the military we are hoping to get into base housing. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!" ... See MoreSee Less

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Valerie KimWe are army living on Ft Shafter. The housing book says E1-E4 gets a washer and dryer but everyone else needs to have their own. They will let you borrow one temp until your things get to the island. If you dont have one, there are lots of people selling theirs so join all the military island BST groups you find.

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Morgan YoutWe had them at hickam and when our shipment came we put in a work order to have them removed. All no charge. And ours worked great

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Katie RitchieE4 and below can rent one for free on amr. However they are terrible. We had one from them until ours came.

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Ginger CruzWe moved in recently on 6/28 Schofield and they provide Aloha furniture and washer/dryer till we get our HHG.

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Karissa HolcombeThey are no longer provided to new move-ins, so you'll need to bring or purchase your own. All other major appliances are included.

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Marleen MilliganMy orders say e4 and below will be given the option to keep them

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Debra NelsonWe had to buy brand new ones and we lived in Halsey Terrace

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Briana CollettHickman officer field has them. But we brought ours so we just swapped out.

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Amber MarieWe brought our own.

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Abby Walker HodgesNavy housing does not offer them.

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Karleen StiborWe are in Kaneohe and they come with washer and dryer

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From the Mailbox: "I wanted to know if anyone could offer advice about the feasibility of living in the Ewa Beach area but commuting to the Schoefield area? Is that an insane idea with the traffic? Also, any recommendations for a public school on the island that has a good special education department? Thanks!!!" ... See MoreSee Less

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Alecia Lea HardtWe love Ewa Beach and have lived out here 11 years with a PH commute. I have multiple clients who have bought out here and commuted to Schofield with no issue. As for special ed, it depends on what your needs are (i.e. IEP or 504 or both). We chose to homeschool our children and love the support Hawaii provides for that. I have 1 neurotypical and one with ASD and a host of medical issues.

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Eboni Nikol UpsonI lived and substitute teach in Ewa and Leeward. I've gotten A LOT of SPED assignments and Ewa Elementary (not to be confused with Ewa Beach Elementary) has a great SPED department. They just built a new, high-tech building that houses the K-2 SPED classes as well as a fully-integrated class. The teachers have really high expectations for their students and aren't afraid to let them know and at the same time create a very nurturing environment. The campus is in the smaller side and everyone knows everyone. Great community atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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Andrea GayleWe live in Ewa Beach and my husband has made the commute not only to Schofield, but to Shafter and Helemano! It's definitely feasible. My son is going to private school, so I can't answer your other question. We love our neighborhood though.

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Lauren Rutledgenot only doable, but my husband said its the best choice we could have made. depending on traffic and the time he leaves for work the drive from Ewa beach takes my husband 25-30 minutes. i cant speak on school cause i don't have any kids, but we are much happier down in Ewa than on schofield. more job opportunities for me, and less of the drama that always finds us on base.

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Kelli A WrightThank you so much for the info! We'd prefer Mililani but it seems difficult to find a home in our price range there... 4bdrm 850k or less.

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Amber MarieWe had a friend that lived on Ewa Beach and drove to the schofield daily and he often complained about the drive due to traffic. The road (Kunia Rd) is a two lane little hwy from Ewa Beach to Schofield.

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Jennifer Love-MarriottWe lived on Iroquois Point in Ewa and he drove up to Schofield daily. He didn't mind it at all, because he drove into the mountains going to work, and straight for the beach coming home. 😊 Kunia IS a little 2 lane road through farm land, but compared to the rest of the islands traffic? Cake. Usually took him about 30-40 mins. Edit: commute times will vary depending on shift too!

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Maritza M. SerranoWe live deep in Ewa beach but we absolutely love it! Once we are home we pretty much don't go anywhere but if we do everything is within a 5/10 mile radius 😊

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Kourtney Bogle-StolikerIt's very cool on Schofield compared to Ewa so if you're thinking of living there to save money and you like A/C they might be about the same with electric. If you just want to be by the beach, it's nice. The drive can be tough with 2 lanes but do-able and a pretty drive.

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Jill MariniWe lived in Ewa and commuted to Schofield everyday. It's a straight shot up Kunia Road. My kids went to Holomua Elementary and I loved it.

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Cindy Mason VaughanWe make the drive to Schofield daily and it's worth the 30 minute commute. The drive on kunia road is beautiful early in the morning and at dusk!

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Jessica ClarkeIt's totally feasible. We live in Kapolei and commute to Fort Shafter...now that's less feasible lol

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Raynesa JonasI've helped many Schofield families buy in Ewa. Traffic isn't terrible to Schofield if you're coming up Kunia - pretty easy. OP - feel free to message me. I'd love to offer insight into Ewa Beach. I'm a Realtor in Kapolei and VERY familiar with the area. I'm also Certified military relocation professional. Helping military folks relocate on & off island is what I do 🙂 Raynesa Jonas, RA - Oahu Real Estate Agent

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Lisa Revelle ParkerLiving in Ewa and commuting to Schofield is definitely doable!

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Kristie GibsonDefinitely feasible. It's about a 25-30 min drive which is easier than the trip to Pearl Harbor

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Alicia OrzelWe loved Ewa!

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From the Mailbox: "Hi I'm a single mother pcsing to Hawaii in December I have a 4 year old son where is the best place to live? This is my first pcs and I'm really nervous I want everything to go as smoothly as possible how long will it take to get housing on post?" ... See MoreSee Less

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Ellen JacksonYou'll want to live the closest to where you are working. There are a multitude of bases/posts here so more info is needed.

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Janine CherylI would also join the PCS'ing to Hawaii Military Facebook group. Lots of helpful answers there about neighborhoods, cdcs, schools, etc. Good luck with your move!

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Kimberly M L-BloirMililani is an awesome town if you wNt to be off base. Good schools, also! Safe!

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Savannah FletcherWe live on Wheeler and my husband works over here. There's childcare on this side and we only had to wait two weeks for housing. We moved during the summer so it was a little longer. Going over to Schofield for the commissary, doctors, and px is an easy 5 minute drive and it's nice and quite over here unlike on Schofield. If you choose to live off base I would look at places in Mililani. Its close by and an easy 10 to 15 minute drive to Wheeler. Theres loads of apartments complexes and neighborhoods to look at. Since its just you and your son you have plenty of affordable places to choose from.

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Gwen JonesWhich base?

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Karyn Jewell GuevaraI'd recommend living on post, either on Wheeler or on Schofield. We lived in Mililani Mauka for three years, then on Schofield for two years. Being a single parent, I think you'll like the convenience of being on post ... short commute, access to parks and the pool for your little guy, the commissary, etc, etc. Plus, I really felt a strong sense of community when we were living on Schofield; we enjoyed it.

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Sophia CresswellWe lived on Ford Island. I loved it. We have 2 children, at the time 3 and 4. There is a CDC on Ford Island and they loved it! The wait was forever though! Almost 8 months wait!

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Aundrea RomeroI would live on base housing. We enjoyed it!

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Erica StricklandJoin Pcsing to Hawaii military!

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