Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay
3rd Marine Regiment, Marine Aircraft Group 24, Combat Logistics Battalion 3, 3rd Radio Battalion, Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 2 (Navy)
Reed Road, MCBH Kaneohe Bay, HI 96863
Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH), formerly Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay and originally Naval Air Station Kaneohe Bay, is a U.S. Marine Corps facility and air station located on the Mokapu Peninsula of windward O’ahu in the City & County of Honolulu. MCB Hawaii is fondly referred to as K-Bay. It is located 20 miles northeast of the Honolulu International Airport. MCB Hawaii is the largest Marine Corps element on Oahu. The other major installation is Camp H.M. Smith, overlooking Pearl Harbor, and it is the headquarters for the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, Joint Task Force Full Accounting, Commander U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, and the Commander Special Operations Command Pacific. There are over 25,000 active duty, military families, DoD personnel, civilians, and retirees assigned to MCB Hawaii.
There is a long history of U.S. military presence in Hawaii prior to it becoming the 50th state in the union on August 21, 1959. On December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor was attacked. However, it’s a little known fact the Japanese first attacked Naval Air Station Kaneohe Bay minutes prior to Pearl Harbor. In 1949, Naval Air Station Kaneohe Bay was decommissioned and the Navy relocated to Naval Air Station Barbers Point at Ewa Beach. In 1951, the Marines assumed control of the former Naval Air Station because it was an ideal site for a combined air-ground team. Then, on January 15, 1952, Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay was commissioned. In April 1994, the Marine Corps consolidated all Marine Corps installations in Hawaii under a single command that became known as Marine Corps Base Hawaii. MCB Hawaii is ideally positioned in the Pacific for a strategic deployment to the Western Pacific. Once you arrive at Marine Corps Base Hawaii be sure to visit the base library on the second deck of building 219 (near the base theater) to get more information on local history and culture.
MCB Hawaii’s mission is to provide facilities and services that support Combat Readiness and promote the well-being, morale, and safety of military and civilian personnel that live and work aboard the installation. They enhance Combat Readiness by providing the best training facilities in the world and by providing the best quality of service.
The closest airport is Honolulu International Airport.
From the airport, take H1 West towards Waianae. Then H3 East for Kaneohe. Once on H3 East, do not get off the highway as it ends at Marine Corps Base Hawaii’s front gate entrance.
There is no public transportation directly to the installation. Taxi/cab fare is a reimbursable travel expense up to $75.00. Be sure to ask for a military discount and for a receipt. Rental cars are NOT reimbursable expenses. It is highly recommended that you avoid the high cost of getting a rental car and either ship your car to Hawaii in advance or get your sponsor or unit rep to pick you up and assist you until your vehicle arrives.
Upon arrival in Hawaii, all Marines assigned to a Marine command must report to the IPAC Customer Support Branch located on MCBH K-Bay Bldg 1043 1st Deck, 808-257-3197.
It’s recommended to use the USO services to contact your future command and/or request for transportation assistance if needed. The USO office is located on ground level in the main tower terminal between sections “E” & “F” at the baggage claim area. The USO is also a great place to stop and refresh with a free meal/snack and refreshments before heading on to the base. For inquiries, please call the USO Hawaii Office at the Honolulu International Airport at 808-422-1213.
Marines must complete the check-in process. Marines may delay or forfeit arrival entitlements if they go on leave status after checking into the command but fail to check into IPAC. There are non-retroactive entitlements/reimbursements which cannot be recouped should this occur.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in a Kaneohe Bay area school, a child must be 5 years old on or before July 31. Check with the school for other requirements.
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/.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
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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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Honolulu County Department of Human Resources (808) 768-8500
The Department of Human Resources is charged with establishing a comprehensive personnel management program based on merit principles designed to recruit, develop, and retain the best qualified civil servants.
Child and Family Service (808) 681-3500
Dedicated to “Strengthening families and fostering the healthy development of children”. Through nearly 50 programs statewide, CFS works with those most in need – meeting them where they are, connecting them with the resources they need, and helping them envision and plan a future in which they can live successfully in the community.
Department of Human Services (855) 643-1643
To encourage self-sufficiency and support the well-being of individuals, families, and communities in Hawai‘i.
Hawaiian Humane Society (808) 356-2200
The Hawaiian Humane Society was organized in 1883. Since 1942, our busy shelter in the heart of Moiliili has become a community hub for animal lovers featuring programs and services focused on strengthening the human-animal bond: rescuing the abused, engaging volunteers, fighting for better laws and caring for more than 20,000 animals a year.
Honolulu Department of Public Safety (808) 587-1288
To uphold justice and public safety by providing correctional and law enforcement services to Hawaii’s communities with professionalism, integrity and fairness.
Emergency 24-hour Number – Command Duty Officer (808) 257-8457 / (808)330-8636
Military housing at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay is privatized. Housing is available in 12 different neighborhoods serving the base. It is managed by Ohana Marine Communities – (808) 839-8700/8710. MCB Hawaii Family Housing Office: (866) 224-7942.
802 Housing: This housing is available for any family who wants to live on base, but they are a bit different than actual assigned base housing. Quarters are mixed between enlisted and officers. Rent is a set amount and if the BAH covers any addition over the rent, you get to keep the difference. Basic utilities are included just like in other base housing.
Kailua/Lanikai – Kailua, HI
3.2 miles from Base
The white power sand and blue pristine water of Kailua Beach is the perfect place for families to relax and enjoy the reason Hawaii is a paradise. While it has a small beach town feel, it offers the convenience of restaurants, shops and so much more. The schools, in particular Lanikai Elementary and Aikahi, are rated some of the top in the state.
Aliamanu Military Reservation – Honolulu, HI
11 miles from Base
The houses are updated and clean. It is very family friendly and there is a gas station, shoppette, CDC, community center and pool in the neighborhood. It is very centrally located to downtown Waikiki and not more than 40 minutes to North Shore.
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In Kaneohe Bay, HI, the summers are hot, oppressive, and dry; the winters are comfortable and humid; and it is windy and mostly clear year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 68°F to 87°F and is rarely below 63°F or above 89°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.6 months, from June 27 to October 14, with an average daily high temperature above 85°F. The hottest day of the year is August 23, with an average high of 87°F and low of 76°F. The cool season lasts for 3.6 months, from December 13 to April 1, with an average daily high temperature below 81°F. The coldest day of the year is January 28, with an average low of 68°F and high of 79°F.
The wetter season lasts 5.5 months, from October 15 to March 31, with a greater than 16% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 25% on January 11. The drier season lasts 6.5 months, from March 31 to October 15. The smallest chance of a wet day is 6% on June 20.
In Kaneohe Bay, the overall cost of living index is 9% higher than the Honolulu average and 92% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. The cost of housing in Kaneohe is 203% higher than the national average.
Kaneohe Bay is a recreational paradise. With a beautiful, year-round climate, warm ocean waters, sandy beaches, mountains, forests, parks and other facilities, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Outdoor recreation opportunities are available through your Marine Corps Community Services departments – including rentals for beach and sports equipment, golf, sailing, racket sports, volleyball, scuba diving and much more.
The Marina on scenic Kaneohe Bay offers activities for water sports enthusiasts. Enjoy a day of sailing and sightseeing in one of the sailboats, powerboats or pontoon boats.
A tropical-themed fun park, Tiki Island, offers miniature golf, bumper boats, a batting cage, a snack bar and arrangements for special events and birthday parties. Inquire for pricing at (808) 254-1601.
Marine Corps Base Hawaii offers some of the most scenic beaches on the island for picnic and camping sites. Pyramid Rock, Hale Koa and Fort Hase beaches are available by reservations for picnics and parties from dawn till dusk. Hale Koa Beach may also be reserved for overnight camping. All beaches have picnic pavilions and barbecue grills. Reservations are available from the Outdoor Recreation Equipment Center office. Call 808-254-7666 for more information.
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