From the inbox:"*PCSing to Schofield*
What hotel would you recommend with TLA? We are unsure which of our older kids are coming with us yet, so between two and four kids (ages 20, 18, 17 & 14) and two large dogs (80 - 90 lbs), ages will be 4 & 7 (I will have everything required for direct release).

Housing: Our first choice is civilian housing, single story, but have considered off-post military communities. My husband is an E7 with 18+ years in the Army, so, is living on post worth it? Is off-post a better option? Any advice?"
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Nachelle OsorioI would say live on post. My husband has 20 years in and is 'E7 and we were able to get a four-bedroom house on AMR and if you try to live off post with such a big family you will not get nearly as much square foot as you need with such a big family. Not even as many bedrooms as well. AMR beautiful and the housing is newer. Just try to get housing on top of the crater if you can. I promise you will thank me later. The breeze up there is amazing and so is the view.

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Jana Lunceford AlleyI live off post. I love it, but is expensive....VERY expensive....my family is not as big as yours either. Our landlords are ok with dogs, but if the 100s of houses we looked at renting, they were the only ones. My husband is E7 too with 16 in, Coast Guard. It's doable to live off base, but if you plan on being here awhile, I'd say choose base.

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Jaci 'Dake' GreggsWith dogs, you're going to be limited for housing off post. Hardly any rental options, especially for multi/large dog families. We have two 100lb dogs. We chose to buy a home.

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Prymn TekishaWe recently pcs'd out with 5 kids ( ages 3-18) and pets. I contacted Aqua hotels with our family size and my husband's rank they worked with me and in less than 30 minutes had 2 rooms booked at one of their hotels for all of our kids and pets under TLA.

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Stacy Sagar DeczynskiBetween the large family and the large dogs on post is probably the best bet. Also keep in mind that even if he's being stationed at Schofield all military housing on island is open to you 😊

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Anita CedenoWe liked The Navy Lodge, but since there a kitchen they give you half of the food money. We switch to Best Western by the airport. Which you dont pay for parking and get $10 voucher per family member for dinner or breakfast.That's helps with a family of 6 which we are. There's a shuttle that goes to the airport I think every 30 minute. Kapolei is a great place Kapolei Elementry Kapolei Middle School and High School. university of Hawaii west. Zip code 96707 if that help.

2 weeks ago   ·  1
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Lauren RutledgeStay away from schofield barracks inn. It's disgusting, and if u bring pets, they charge $1 per pound every day. So my 60lb shepherd and 40lb husky cost us $100 a day

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Dustin Cronhardt RAWe have a 19 year old with 2 dogs. We stayed at the Navy Lodge on Ford Island and were able to get to rooms under the TLA rate.

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Amanda MarksI really wanted to live off post lol but unless you can afford a house in Mililani you are going to want to live on Base. Good amenities and ok housing. They just built a big new neighborhood and there’s actually quite a few empty houses around atm.

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Andrea GayleWe bought a house. I highly recommend going that route if you can afford it. You'll make about $100k when you sell in 3-4 years.

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Aundrea RomeroI would live ON post. We lived on Wheeler and on Schofield and enjoyed both. As far as lodging,on post lodging is what we used.

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Savannah FletcherIf youre moving to Schofield Barracks/Wheeler AAF you HAVE to try and get in with the Schofield Inn first. If they dont have room for you then they will give you a CNA you can take to another TLA approved hotel. I recommend either the Best Western or the Airport Honolulu Hotel. They sister hotels.They are TLA approved and their Military Liasion Les (i think is his name) can take care of everything for you. They also waive the pet fee for you so pets stay free.

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Michele Yee SimpsonHere’s some approved Temp lodging. www.hawaiimilitarylife.org/templodging

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Ashlea BerrocalLive on! We are at at schofield but live on HMR.

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Brittany MesserlieDo you have anyone who can send your dogs to you after you get into housing? Hotels can charge a lot of you want to keep a pet.

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Roslynn MedeirosBest western by the airport

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Karla Joy LearyRent house in Hawaii kai.

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From the inbox:"Hi ladies. Curious how much your electricity / water / trash / house bills etc on are each month (on average) for a 3 bedroom house? Also how many people are living in household (as this can increase / decrease the cost). Trying to budget in advance. Thanks so much!" ... See MoreSee Less

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Raynesa JonasMililnai. 2 story, AC at night (or when it’s super hot in evenings and I’m cooking). Electric less than $225. Water $200 or less. 4 in the home (2 adults, 2 middle/high school). Add 1 College kid and 1 extra visitor every summer.

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Krizia Mae PouesiI have a 3bd, 2 bath home. 3 adults total, occasional 4th. Electric is $130-$170 (AC in every room, only I use the AC frequently) -- I set it on timer for my dog lol and then I use it through the night in my room. I have solar panels for my water heater. Water is calculated into my HOA fees and when I do get a breakdown (still learning) it's been between $50-$100. I pay $170 for landline + internet + cable. (This will be changing since we only need internet). Hope this helps!

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Courtney LopezWe live off base in Ewa. Running the ac everyday/all day, with it set at 74 during the day and 69 at night, the bill is between $400-450 during the warmer summer months, and about $300-350 the rest of the year. Water and sewer is about $100 together. And trash is included in our HOA fee, so I’m unsure.

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Chari McMahonI was in on-base housing, 3 bdr house, 2000 sq ft, 4 people, and our bills ran anywhere from 100-180 per month. I’m convinced that there was something wrong with our meter though, as we now use fewer kilowatt hours per month in our 3300 sq ft home (not in Hawaii).

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Alyson WestpfahlWe are on mcbh family of 7 in a 4 bedrooms, our electric is negative each month. We have and use central ac. No water or trash bills 👌

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Ashley RaeKaneohe- 3 bedroom/2 bath. 2 adults. 1 Small window AC that is run a couple hours per week Average electric-$215 Water/sewage-$86

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Jade BurnleySo it looks like I would need to budget about $300-$400 a month for electricity / water / trash etc. Soo much haha. What I expected though!

2 weeks ago
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Charlene Gilmermy home is 1500sq ft. we have split air so its cheaper, my elec bill is $150-200. water 60 but sewage is 120 there are 5 adults living here. Hope this helps.

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Rachel CalvertWe are in a 2300 sq foot house with a/c on all day and night. Our bill is negative every month and no water or trash either. We are on AMR 😉

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Kaitlin HurstA couple of questions 🙂 On base or off base housing and which area of the island? If we run central air all the time at 77-78 we are in the $400-$450 range. With only using AC sparingly we get down to $250. Water/sewer/trash is included in our HOA dues. We have 3 bdr home in Makakilo.

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Cindy Mason VaughanWe live in Ewa 3 bd house 1900sq ft(family of 5) and pay anywhere from $20-$180 in electricity with solar panels. Water/sewer is about $180 monthly

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Jana Lunceford AlleyWe live in Kailua and window units and solar power. Our electricity is about 350 and our water 150. Our landlord pays trash. I hear before they put solar on our house it was around 500-600 mo.

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Kayla MurphyOff base - Kapolei - no ac electric is 200 at most

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Elayne CruzHi are you asking for on base or off base housing?

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From the Inbox: "My husband is Navy and we are supposed to be moving to Hawaii in March/April, he will be stationed at Pearl Harbor. Questions: I was considering living in Halsey Terrace base housing if possible, would the commute from there to Mililani be bad? I figured since I would be traveling against traffic it wouldn't be that bad but I wanted to check. Also, I have a child that will be 3 when we move and a child that will be a few months shy of 2. I am struggling to find childcare for the younger one since she will not be 2 yet. I am already on CDC waitlists, and the waitlist at St Philomena are there any other suggestions for childcare that would take my younger child (or ideally both of them)? " ... See MoreSee Less

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Heather SachieThere’s an Alphabet Land at the Methodist church in Pearl City that is good (had my 4 year old nephew reading,) and it’s basically on the way to/from Mililani. Children’s House is probably one of the best preschools I’ve seen. They also have 6am-6pm care if I’m not mistaken. That’s also in pearl city. As far as base housing goes, Halsey is great but there are other options for chief/officer housing— a lot of people love Battleship Cove. You can also go into AMR, which is Army and right off the highway. They’re a little bigger and the yards are usually larger than what you’ll find in Halsey.

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Danielle Lloyd LaffertyKama’aina Kids has many locations throughout O‘ahu and accepts newborns and up at many of its sites (or 18 months/2 years and up at other sites. We’ve used the St. Timothy’s location for three years. My children started at 4 months and 3 years old and we’ve been very happy. The older one attended some of the Kama’aina Kids school break camps after she started school and they had wonderful field trips and activities.

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Vicky SchatzAlso try the CDH (in-home care). If it is over so many hours of care (I think 30), it is military subsidized and good for long or short term need.

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Chelsea MoranTiny Tots Christian Preschool is close to Halsey Terrace and would take both but it's only 2x a week

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Rebecca Ann ZimmermanMy husband is Navy and we live in Doris Miller housing which is pretty much right behind Halsey Terrace. (A lot of housing is across the highway from the airport, I'm getting use to planes taking off all the time). Next year if my schedule allows it ( I work at the NEX ), I'd be happy to help out/ babysit if needed. We don't have kids yet, just a small dog.

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Denise Wilson StonerI was going to recommend the CDC at Schofield too- even though it’s been 20 years since my daughter was there! There is a CDC on Ford Island & lots of folks like living on Ford Island.

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Castro FamYou can put them at cdc in schofield. 10 mins away from. Mililani.

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From the inbox: " Hi.! My husband and I are currently stationed in GA and we finally got orders to Hawaii for early Jan 2018. We are going to Camp Smith so we wonder what’s the best housing option for us; no kids, no pets. Also, I would love to find something to do there since I can’t work in my career (lawyer) since I am from Dominican Rep. Also my first language is Spanish and I have experience working as kindergarten and teenagers teacher. So if any of you want or know someone who wants to learn Spanish or any job that requires Spanish, please let me know. Thank you in advance." ... See MoreSee Less

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Melissa BortnemAMR and Ford Island. Both very nice. I would try and stay central to Camp Smith (Aiea, Pearl City) because the commute can be terrible. Mililani is also a very nice area. You will deal with traffic in that area as well. We live in Aiea and are Stationed at Camp Smith.

3 weeks ago
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Mika LocalJust because you can't be an attorney here doesn't mean you can't work in Legal. Here are Hawaii state jobs. dhrd.hawaii.gov/job-seekers/

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Kathleen RamirezHawaii has a desperate shortage of teachers! Very easy to get a certificate to do substitute teaching.

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Dustin Cronhardt RAOh, my hubby is at Smith. We choose the windward side because it is lush, green, and those mountains are to die for. Easy commute from H-3

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Katie RitchieAmr is right next to camp smith. It's one exit away. Takes about ten minutes to get there. My husband also works there.

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Shannon Gilliand ChamblessJust my opinion, but if we didn’t have kids I would live downtown Honolulu, if you can find an affordable apt. Be sure it includes parking, not all of them do. It will be a crowded commute coming home in the afternoon from Smith, but not as bad as going west. Sorry, I can’t help with the job question. I would suggest try advertising to homeschool groups as a private Spanish tutor.

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Jennifer Cheslawski BalesterAlso look into Msjdn.com they are a group supporting military spouses with JDs who have to PCS.

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