3 months ago

Hawaii Military Wives

From the inbox, "Hi! I have a really sticky situation! I currently work on the Kaneohe marine base. My car is not registered through me it's through my husband. Registration said my husband has to come all the way down from schofield where we reside to register the car. Is their any way any military wives can grab me from wherever I park my car ? I have my spouse Id" ... See MoreSee Less

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You can register with a POA and all the car documentation, or you can make a day out of it on the weekend and head down for lunch/beach/whatever with him to register it.

There’s also another office in camp smith. We live on a marine base but work on wheeler and have to register the car as well or get passes.

POA works

3 months ago

Hawaii Military Wives

From the inbox, "Hello! We just got notice that we will be moving to Oahu, but the dates are unsure. We are coming from Maryland and we haven’t ever lived on base but that is looking like the best option at this point. I’ve looked into some places to rent but the prices are outrageous! My husband is E6 and I know we get $3,000 for BAH but we have an Alaskan Malamute and we need a yard and 900 sq ft wont work for us. We also have a four year old daughter so good schools are a must. Any information would be much appreciated." ... See MoreSee Less

 

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I have four children who all attended Hawaii public schools. Three of them graduated from Hawaii high schools with multiple honors and scholarships so don’t let any one tell you Hawaii public schools are horrible. I would recommend living on base because of the dog , but mostly because of the convenience. Traffic in Hawaii is horrible right now because of the rail construction so living close to base, commissary, and NEX is convenient. Also, housing makes it easy for kids to make friends in the neighborhoods

They have discounted base housing as well.

You’d be surprised with the yard sizes in general. 900 sq Ft is very typical and even generous. We have two dogs- labradoodle 55 lb and Airedale 80 lb. They love it here- lots of walks! They hang out inside most of the time. At this point don’t stress and don’t get your heart set on any town/base/neighborhood. With a dog looking for off base housing is a challenge so you’d have to be very flexible.

We moved here from Maryland last year. As an E6 with one child, we were offered newish 3 bedrooms at both AMR and Hickam. We could not have gotten the same square footage with a two car garage for under BAH anywhere. We might have been able to in Ewa or Kapolei, although places seemed nicer there but not necessarily bigger and the electric bill is a gamble. It really just depends on what's available at the time I think. We also weren't really willing to make the long commute in traffic sacrifice, so we didn't look there especially hard. I think the best strategy is to apply at all the bases, as well as look on the economy. It is not ideal to make the Ewa commute decision without doing the drive yourself and checking out the housing there. It's also very hot, so AC bill. If you are actually stationed at Schofield or KBay then you will definitely want to look closer to those bases and will have some other options.

We came from Maryland last year and my husband is an E6 as well. We have two school-age kids, a large dog and a cat. We were worried about the school system as well on/off base, but we haven't had any problems. We live on base and the schooling my kiddos are receiving is great. I have to say that while the schools are important, the effort parents put into their kids' education at home and in their community is SO much more important. Learning happens in and out of the classroom and it's what you make of it. With that being said, we love living on base because there are literally kids everywhere in our neighborhood. Traffic stinks and it will take you an hour to go 5 miles sometimes. The cost of living is rough, but you can find places off base within BAH. We lived on and off base in Maryland, but I think that for us, living on base while we are here is 100% more convenient. Welcome!

What base are you being assigned to? I would say with your dog, you are definitely going to want a home with central air, because that poor baby is going to get so hot. Majority of base houses have central air (at least that I have come across). But I don’t know about all the bases. Living on base is much more convenient due to the traffic here.

In Hawaii, with a large dog, living on post is definitely your best option!

We have lived on and off base. Having kids and dogs makes living on base the best option. By far.

With a dog and a child on base is the best. You will love it there!

If you have only one child, definitely live off post. On post schools aren’t really great but there are a few off post that are pretty good. Lehua elementary school in pearl city was amazing for my girl!

We chose to live off base in Ewa beach with our Belgian Malinois and Siberian Husky. My husband is also E6 and we really enjoyed staying away from Schofield. We got lucky and found a place on craigslist with great landlords. Most yards in hawaii will be small, and ours is good enough during the day, but we take them to the dog park across the street in the evening.

Good luck finding a place with a big yard in Hawai`i for only $3000 a month. $3000 doesn’t get you far unless you live far from everything. It’s possible, but you won’t be anywhere near where you’d likely want to be. On base will likely be your very best option. I have one child who graduated from a public school here, as I did myself, and got scholarships for college. She did fantastic. I have another daughter who is currently in a private school, because it was the best option for her personally. A lot of it depends on the child. Just because you hear Hawai`i schools are all so awful, doesn’t make it true. People tend to focus on the negatives and not sing the praises of the positive. Hang in there! ❤️

Live in army housing. Nicer houses and bigger yards.

The best school is Navy Hale Keiki. It’s pricey but the majority of the students are military and my kids loved it, as did I! The wait lists are long so get on it as soon as possible. It’s right near base too.

Kyron Furlow

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4 months ago

Hawaii Military Wives

Approved by admin -STS Foundation is a Department of State sponsored high school exchange program. We are proud to offer American families the opportunity to become citizen diplomats by welcoming an international high school student into their home. By living as a family member the student learns about the American way of life and host families also experience a new culture.
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Approved by admin -STS Foundation is a Department of State sponsored high school exchange program. We are proud to offer American families the opportunity to become citizen diplomats by welcoming an international high school student into their home. By living as a family member the student learns about the American way of life and host families also experience a new culture.
Now is the time to open that door to a brighter future with STS Foundation.​

4 months ago

Hawaii Military Wives

From the mailbox, "Hi my name is Sabrina. My husband is an E7 and we are getting stationed at Schofield in December. Trying to figure out if we should live on or off base. We have an 8 year old who will be going to 4th grade and finding a good school is a big priority. He also plays club soccer and would love to do that there too, if anyone could recommend a good soocer team 🙂 I read a lot of positive about Mililani, but would love to hear about other parts of the island that we should consider. Thank you so much!" ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Some of the best public schools are in Mililani, so that's a great area- I have a great club team to recommend for your son, & if you're considering off base housing I can help with that too! I specialize with military families whether you're renting or purchasing home- PM me

Hi my son plays club soccer here and my husband coaches club futsal and soccer as well. PM me if you'd like. 😊

We absolutely loved living on base. I felt the off post housing was just to small and the electric bill was going to be more then We wanted to pay. Congrats on your assignment! Hawaii has been our favorite duty station out of every duty station we have been at the past 13 years!

We’re an army family and We live on a marine base in pearl city (middle of everything) and we absolutely love it!!

Mililani is very close to Schofield as is Wahiawa (where I live). My hubby is E5 and no kids or pets. We love our douplex we rent in Wahiawa. The town of Mililani is far better than Wahiawa but hubbys unusual Navy base is for shore duty only. Its called "NCTAMS PAC" in Wahiawa. Our power bill has never been higher than $96/month. Our internet is free. We pay $2,200 for a 1,000 sqr ft 3bdrm 2bath. Hardwood floors, solar panels, our own washer and dryer. Car port too. Hi Pacific Property Management is who we rent with and they have places available all over the Island. Message me if you would like. Our BAH is $2,700/month so what we pay for rent we pocket $500/month off post

My husband is E6 and we have been extremely happy off post. We are leaving in December actually. While we don't have kids we have 2 dogs and we wanted a house with a yard. Due to drama on post we rented in Ewa beach and have blissfully enjoyed our time here. Also, you do not have to stay at the Schofield barracks inn, and I highly recommend you do not. That place should be condemned.

Thank you so much everyone!

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