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From the mailbox, "Hi, My husband will be doing his ADT rotation at Tripler Army Medical Center in September. We are looking for a room to rent while he is there for the 4 weeks. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks in advance!" ... See MoreSee Less

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Shannon Gilliand ChamblessDo you just want a hotel room? Or something more? There is a hotel on Tripler. www.ihg.com/armyhotels/hotels/us/en/tripler-amc/mftrb/hoteldetail?cm_mmc=GoogleMaps-_-army-_-USEN... They stay pretty full so I would book now if that's what you want. Or we stayed in an apartment hotel (2 BRs, full kitchen) which would be about a 15 min drive. www.harborshoreshi.com

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Emily Patenaude HarrisonTry Air BnB or other official sites that have rooms for rent or go through an agent. You'll see a lot of rooms to rent on Craigslist but they are usually price gouging and looking to get over on people who don't know better. Many times people who rent rooms out of their homes here aren't doing it legally. Be careful.

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Rebecca DuranI would rent a cabin at the beach, I believe its only 10 day max, but u can move to other cabins. Barbers Point Cabins, they are $100 a night and it has 2 rooms and washer and dryer. Waianae Army Rec, they run from $85, Kaneohe Bay Cabins $100

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Dannielle NiewaldI would check first that he isnt allowed some kind of specific Per diem rate with restrictions on where he can stay during his 4 weeks there. The lodging list in Hawaii is prettt extensive but usually requires a CNA from government lodging first to qualify. Just check before you end up footing a huge bill due to a technicality.

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Rachel CalvertTry the FB page Oahu military, buy, sell, trade sometimes has placed for rent

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Michele Yee SimpsonAirbnb

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From the mailbox, "Hi there!! I just found your page and am hoping someone can answer a few questions for us. We'll be moving to Oahu (Pearl Harbor) in July. We are not sure where we'll be living yet but we are hearing on base is best bc of the commute and schools. We have three kids and I don't think we'll be able to swing private school. Can anyone tell me the best public schools on base? We'll have one in elementary, middle and high. I've been hearing horrible things and I'm so nervous! Also, any good dance studios. My daughter is 8 and a competitive dancer and she will be so upset if we cannot find a good studio. Thank you!!!" ... See MoreSee Less

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Emily Patenaude HarrisonThe quality of schools here is fairly subjective, everyone has an opinion on this and for every person you find that has a great story about a school you will find another who has a horror story. Post housing here is limited and you will not have too much say in what neighborhood you are offered a house. Depending if there is a waitlist or not you don't always have the option to turn down what they offer. People tend to stress about this way too much when ultimately you may have to live with whatever you are stuck with. What counts is how you respond to it. If you go into it thinking the school will be terrible - no matter how great they are they'll still be terrible in your eyes. Don't believe a lot of the hype you hear about the schools here being bad.

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Salena SteedIf you consider living off base I would suggest looking for home at Alewa heights and Pacific heights. Both are minutes away from downtown Honolulu and the school (Maemae ele, Kawanakoa mid, Roosevelt high) district is one of the best in Hawaii. You will not be fight traffic as you would if living on the west side of the island and the windward side is very easy to get to. Most home there have a beautiful panoramic view...24/7 danceforce (windward side) is the best dance studio in Hawaii. The dancer from there danced for big name people, NBA team dancer, also been a finalist from on So You Think You Can Dance.

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Kelly MarieAMR will give you the best school and house size options. Hickam will have the most amenities and the schools are good. Aliamanu Middle has a bad rap, but the new principal has done a severe turn around and by next year it will a different place. We love Radford and Hickam elementary is great school. Try hale be Koa or onizuka for a house on hickam.

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Charlene Murtaugh-DaughertyPearl Harbor Kai was a great elementary school! My oldest went to Aliamanu middle and it was good back 4 years ago.....Im sure with a new principal it has only gotten better......I have many friends who have had kids go through Radford High and they were happy with it

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Shannon Gilliand ChamblessWhat kind of dance? I would recommend checking this one out. www.honoluludanceco.com

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Megan Davis FlanaryHickam has the best elementary school.

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Catrina LopezMoanualua middle and high are AWESOME

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Rachel Barco BeckThanks everyone! We are so excited for the adventure! πŸ™‚

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Perry BuonopanePas De Deux Hawaii

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From the mailbox, "Any large families making Hawaii living work for them? We are a family of 8 and would love to have the chance to be stationed there, but I am concerned it would not be affordable for us. My husband is an E5 with 10+ years in. We would choose on post housing due to the cost of rentals off post. But would we actually be able to get out and enjoy things there, or is the cost of things just too high? Also, how are the schools? With having 6 children we definitely have some in all levels of schooling. Any advice on making this work is much appreciated!" ... See MoreSee Less

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Sharon DodgeYes cost of living is higher, yes, you get Cola, yes, there are a ton of super fun FREE things to do! We had neighbors that had 10 kids, other friends have 8. They are all quite happy and love/loved their time here. And I am so tired of people continuing to paint a negative light on schools here. I have good friends who are super successful and are products of the Hawaii public school system. Mary Ramos Silva. Also, our twin daughters rose to the top at their high school and were class Valedictorians and had no problems getting into the college of their choosing. They took AP and Honors classes and loved their 4 years at Radford High School. They were actually ahead of their peers on the mainland. So NO, the schools here are NOT below average. Do your homework and pick which school has the best ratings.

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Heather Chris MayWe are a family of six and we are actually saving money here! We go to beach and hike a lot. We very rarely eat fast food, like twice a year maybe, and do more movie nights at home than in the theater. We shop at Costco and the commissary. It's an amazing experience for your kids! Just do it!

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Beth Carroll EwingWe are a family of 6 but we have several families around us with 6+ children. COLA helps and we do all shopping at the commissary and wholesale. Amazon prime is my friend for many things as well. Many places offer a military discount as well. I feel like it's doable and worth it for our family.

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Stephanie ArmstrongI wouldn't do it personally. We have a family of five and we have never been so broke as we have been living here. It's just that the cost-of-living is higher than most places on the mainland and even more expensive than Okinawa was for us. Definitely don't do it if you think that you need to put your kids in private school because private school costs as much as college tuition here.

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Candace Leigh WhitingWere a family of 6! Costco is a must. Lots of beach days. Our community here in kapilina is affordable, we have a 4 bed below housing cost. The amenities included here beat base bar none for us. Take advantage of military specials when you want to do the other stuff. Dole has a day with a discount. The zoo does. Everything runs a special on occasion. It's all about waiting for the day to do it!

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Stephanie ArmstrongIf you have an option, don't choose was Hawaii with children. The schools are not average by mainland standards. They are below average. My highschooler is going to have a lot of catching up when she goes back to the mainland next year for her junior and senior years of high school. Elementary and preschool are just OK here. Definitely nothing special or outstanding unless you have the money for private schools. Hawaii is an adventure of a lifetime but if I had it to do over again I would not choose to live here for three years just because it put my kids so far behind in their education. Outside of that we have had an incredible experience with being able to visit the other islands and getting to do so much on this island. We are in our last year here and are trying to hit all the spots that we haven't been able to see yet. Preschool is a huge problem here as it is unaffordable for most military families. Many people end up homeschooling their kids for preschool, which is not ideal since little ones need that social interaction. There are some alternatives to preschool here but not many. It's definitely a challenge if you have children under five years old.

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Wildy LassalleYou can get older housing and get some money back, lots of activities are free and almost every place have a free or discounted day for military. My kids attend school in Mililani and is a great school. My kids had done swimming, dance, sports, gymnastics all free with the Honolulu parks and recreation programs. I sure going to miss this place. Weather is perfect for gardening if you are in to that. I grow some herbs and veggies I use. It's totally doable and once in a lifetime experience.

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Tina Lucas BurrissCOLA makes Hawaii more than affordable. Most people I know have more expendable income in Hawaii than on the mainland, no matter the service member's rank. I know a lot of large families there. Plus, many of the things you do like beach and hiking are free.

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Kelly DempseySchools are ok, nothing special (average). Depends on where your coming from, and your expectations. The most cost is moving here and moving out. Everything cost more. Beaches are free and hiking,

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Kelly DempseyOn base they have free concerts and fun runs. Movies are pretty cheap also on base. Plenty of jobs for teenagers if they want a part time job,. School buses cost . But you can get help with that . Many children walk to school

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Kelly MarieBeaches and parks are free. A lot of sites are free. The pacific air museum and bishop are only $100 a year a family and have lots of activities and shows/exhibits during the year. The Bowfin and Missouri, too. Sea cadets is minimal cost and a great activity for older school age kids. The teen club at Hickam and AMR are great. All the chapels have kids classes, Kiwanis, teen group, PWOC. Lots of things to do here! Take advantage of the school groups and free activities on base. There is money at MWR for sports for families in need, but we do get COLA here, and it does factor in. Try to find a house on base that gives you walkable access to a pool. πŸ™‚

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Megan Davis FlanaryThe best things in Hawaii are free! There's so many incredible things to do and they cost $0.

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Teia ReedWe are a family of 6 and we love it here so far (got here at the end of December ) we bought a house in Waipahu and we love it. Our kids will be attending charter school next year which we are very excited about. No matter where you go it's all about making the best of it, we focus more on making memories than anything else.

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Kim Wooten ClawsonWe are a family of 8 that left Hawaii a year ago. It's hard for larger families because of the costs of everything. Food is a Muir money pit. We shopped at Costco, commissary and target(occasionally) definitely make meal plans and grocery lists based of the your meal plan. We had littles so we spent a lot on milk. Every shopping trip had our trifecta on it, milk, bread and eggs

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Kelly InlowNo matter the cost it will be a lifetime experience for your whole family! When u leave to go back to the mainland after hubbys tour is over u will find yourself saying...back in Hawaii we did this or we did that! Most people only dream of even visiting Hawaii for a week u will have the opportunity to LIVE there! We lived there for 10+ years! There are plenty of fun things to do and see on Oahu and take advantage of the ITT on base for discounts on a lot of activities! The schools near base are great! it's all what u you put into it GO FOR IT! Hope you can experience hawaiis beauty and culture. I don't think u will regret it! Good luck on your choice! πŸ‘

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Mandy L NewellYou guys should also get cola. Utilize costco and perhaps coupon. Maybe offer to dog walk, clean houses, sew, do hair etc to bring in a few extra bucks if needed??

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Kelly MarieAnd COSTCO!!! The commissary for some staples, but Bulk buying is your best friend here. Except salad and strawberries. They go bad in a day. And

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Peggy CamachoWe have 5 kids-- 4 with us 1 in college on the mainland. We live in Mililani. The schools are just fine. We had experience with Montgomery County, MD (highly rated schools), northern CA Silicon Valley schools (also highly rated) and I found the mililani schools to be about the same. Some things are better on mainland (English education for middle/high) but the elem is definitely stronger here than any other place we've lived. High school is strong, with lots of AP options. If your home school doesn't have many AP options (like Leilehua for Schofield) it's EASY to get a GE to go to mililani. (Just say you want to take AP classes.). Music is very strong on island, too. If your kids do any music or choir, I think there are great opportunities. As far as cost of living, it's expensive. COLA helps a lot, but said AP classes are $$, eating out is ridiculous, milk and bread are so pricey, the car stuff is annoying, drivers ed is $$$$$, shoes are $$$ (and you rely on amazon for a lot of specialty stuff- no sporting goods store on island)... and EVERYTHING is taxed. Food is taxed which hurts the budget a lot. Even shipping commissary you pay 5% surcharge. There's no escaping it. Having pets on island is super expensive. And you have to pay taxes on services, like dental visits even. For things to do-- beach, hikes, snorkel-- all super affordable. But travel? Almost prohibitively expensive for large families. I know a lot of large families and they mostly stay on island and hope family comes to visit them. So it depends a lot on what your family is into. If you like beach, hiking, and are happy to stay together and not travel or visit other family, could be a great experience.

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Katie RitchieI've met many big families here. I was surprised, but they seem to make it work.

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Karina HernandezIf you have the chance COME! So many free things to do I basically live at the beach.

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Rachel CalvertI agree , the beaches are free and so beautiful, you can make it workπŸ˜‰

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Gary HaynesIt would be very tight, it don't cost much to sight see or go to beach!

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Amanda ArdenLiving costs are really high keep that in mind!

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Kelly DempseyGas cost, $2.55 on base

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Augenee Danielle HaywardWe find we have more money here.

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From the mailbox, "Question my husband and I are expecting our first child how soon can he take paternity leave? Could he take it a day or 2 before the child is born or it has to be after? Im scared that my husband wont be present when im in labor he is station on Hawaii and im still at my hometown (Texas) i dont want for him to miss out as he has already miss out on the whole pregnancy. 😒" ... See MoreSee Less

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Alicia HodgeHe would have to take regular leave if he is flying to Texas for the birth and then his paternity leave would start when the baby is born.

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Christy RoseYou need to talk to his command. Paternity leave is something that is granted not guaranteed. We were both on island for the birth and his leave was the weekend my induction was scheduled plus the day and a half I was in the hospital. He was back at work the day after we came home. It's not to scare you, just make sure you manage your expectations. Congrats on the baby!

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Stephanie ArmstrongYou absolutely should not be talking to his command. Leave that up to him. It is absolutely their discretion when he is allowed to take his paternity leave. It usually starts the day the baby is born but in certain circumstances that may be different.

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Brenda Acosta-SuarezHe should discuss this with his chain of command. Each unit is different and has a different training schedule.

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Megan Davis FlanaryThe paternity leave can happen anytime after the baby is born. My husband waited to take it until a month after when my family left and I was on my own.

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Devon CarpenterPlease don't go to his command. He is capable of doing this himself..

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From the mailbox, "We will be moving there this summer and I was wondering if anyone had any information on good private schools within the community. I will have two 6th grade boys and one 9th grade boy! Thank you for your help!" ... See MoreSee Less

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Debbie Pointek StilesMy daughter attends Trinity Christian School. I'm not sure what area you will be living but we are on AMR and it's a easy drive across the H3 with light traffic.

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Kelly MariePrivate school for three will cost you upwards of $28,000 + a year. Just a warning. We have 2 in and it's $17k a year. High school at minimum is $11,000 a year up to 24k. Scholarships are small and there is multiple child after 2, but they'd have to be at the same school. Holy family is our school is very convenient, but stops at 8th. Damian is k-12. So is Iolani and Punahoe. There are some more. Honolulu magazine puts out a private school guide every year. It should be on their website. All private high schools are downtown or farther. I'd consider living in Hawaii Kai or Kaneohe or Kailua for traffic sakes if you are only looking at private. We do like the local high school for Pearl Harbor Area - Radford and Moanalua. We have no issues and our daughters schedule are rigorous, GT, AP, and college credit. Tons of Sports. Mililani gets good remarks up near Schofield Barracks . Good luck!

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Erin DwyerMy (twin) daughters attend Damien Memorial School this year (6th grade). Damien offers a military family discount and also offers academic scholarships. They have a lot of homework (!), but overall we have been happy with their education this year.

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Andrea GayleMy son starts at American Renaissance Academy this year. Another option on our side of the island (Leeward) is Island Pacific Academy.

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Jessica KellyOur kids go to Trinity Christian as well and we are very happy with the school.

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Amber MarieCalvary Chapel of Honolulu has a fair priced and good private school. They also give discounts for subsequent children. The church is not actually located in Honolulu and the campus is on the church property.

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Chrys PearceSaint Anthony in Kailua is really good , reasonable tuition and financial help available .

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