Bellows Air Force Station
220 Tinker Rd, Waimanalo, HI 96795
Bellows Air Force Station is one of the oldest bases in the United States, established in 1917 and initially called Waimanalo. Although it has a rich past, its present days are not that glorious from a military point of view. These days, the base is mostly an installation, or better said, a reservation. It is a training ground for both active and retired military troops who want to stay in shape. Other than that, if they follow a relatively strict set of rules, the civilians can also apply for training courses there. The base is more than just a training spot. It is located on a little piece of Heaven, on the clear shores of the ocean, with a wide beach and surrounded by hills, trees and forests. Therefore, it is an excellent recreational spot for the individuals who like a healthy lifestyle.
The base was renamed to its current name 15 years after it was built, in 1933. It was then renamed after Lieutenant Franklin Barney Bellows, one of the World War I heroes and aces. It was initially established as a temporary base to help during the war. Years later, the necessity to join World War II has turned the base into a permanent military spot, in July, 1941. Bad luck or not, its life as an active combatant in the war was relatively short. A few months later, in December, Bellows Air Force Station Hawaii was one of the hit bases during the Pearl Harbor attack.
Ever since then, it was not really entirely rebuilt. Instead, it was maintained as a low level training base. It is ruled by the 18th Mission group for support, which is based in Okinawa, Japan. In 1999, the base lost some of its area after the Marine Corps decided to acquire around 1,000 acres in order to set up a training base.
Directions from Daniel K. Inouye International Airport:
Get on I-H-1 W in JBPHH from HI-92 W
Take I-H-3 E and HI-72 to Tinker Rd in Waimanalo Beach
Drive to Tinker Rd., and your destination is on the right
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FOR THE CHILDREN
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In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.
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FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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Hawaii Department of Child & Family Services (808) 832-5300
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The climate in Waimanalo is warm, muggy, windy, and mostly clear. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 69°F to 84°F and is rarely below 64°F or above 86°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Waimanalo for hot-weather activities is from mid May to late October
Residents in Waimanalo, HI enjoy a cost of living index of 179. This index is 2% higher than the Hawaii average, and 79% higher than the national average.
The general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Waimanalo, HI, the average cost of goods and services is equal to it is in Hawaii, and it is 29% higher than the national average.
Waimanalo is a small town on Oahu’s windward coast, near the southeastern tip of the island. It is a Hawaiian homelands community, meaning that mainly people of Hawaiian descent live here. Waimanalo is backed by the Ko’olau Mountain Range. The mountains are very pretty in this area – steep, jagged and covered with every shade of green.
Agricultural lots in the valley extend all the way towards the mountains, and bananas, papayas, anthuriums and a variety of organic greens are being grown here. Waimanalo’s main attraction for visitors and residents alike is its beautiful, long, white-sand beach (the longest sandy shoreline on Oahu -Waimanalo Beach).
The town has a small commercial center. Located just to the north is Bellows Air Force Station and to the south near Makapu’u Point is Sea Life Park Hawaii. In the Hawaiian language, Waimanalo means “potable water.” The name refers to the many brackish ponds in the area that were used for irrigation.
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