Barking Sands Missile Range 

U.S. naval facility and airport
World’s largest instrumented, multi-dimensional testing and training missile range

Kekaha, HI


Barking Sands Missile Range is by far one of the most important military facilities controlled by the United States Navy. The facility includes an actual military base and an airfield. It is located in Hawaii, in Kaual County. Its importance is given by the fact that it is the largest and most varied military base in the world. The location is just as important. The professionals working there benefit from excellent weather conditions all over the year, while the isolation around it makes it excellent for a wide variety of tests and training sessions. Other than that, it holds another record. It is the one and only military installation in the world that can support multiple operations for planes, ships, spaceships and submarines at the same time.

The base controls around 110,000 square kilometers of airspace and almost 3,000 square kilometers of underwater space. As for the actual base, it barely spreads over a little under 1,000 acres. The main runway is almost 2 kilometer long. The military purpose of this installation is obvious, especially since the actual base is not that large. There are less than 70 units for housing and a few basic facilities. It is not the type of base you can feel like home at, but the type of base that turns a professional into an expert. Barking Sands Missile Range is also cooperating and using some of the facilities from three other bases, not to mention about the radar it tests on a nearby island.

The place Barking Sands Missile Range lays on today was once owned by a private company that built a few runways for private planes. It was commissioned in 1921. The US Army took over the land almost two decades later, in 1940. The place was established as the Mana Airport. One year later, the army acquired more land. The runways were used for both military and civilian flights. The base played a major role during World War II. With a new name taken in 1954, the range began its ascension as a testing ground. The first missile tests occurred only two years later.

The transition from the US Army to the US Navy was done in 1964. That is when Barking Sands Missile Range was renamed to what it is today. The activity on site was not as intensive anymore after the latest wars of the 20-th century. One major event occurred when North Korea threatened the United States of America with a few Taepodong missiles. The US Navy immediately deployed some of the popular THAAD devices on site. The THAAD batteries can easily intercept the missiles and destroy them before they reach their targets.

Some other great system that has been recently tested is the Aegis Defense System. According to most tests, it is the most effective one the US Navy has in the arsenal so far. Each missile has the capacity to intercept and destroy two targets at the same time. The first tests began in 2007 and still go on.

The overall population in Kekaha, Hawaii is 3,537



This is required from PMRF prior to moving family members to Kauai because of extremely limited services. Contact your personnel department and be sure to remind them that this is NOT Pearl Harbor on Oahu. This is PMRF on Kauai. To request a Dependent Entry Approval from PMRF, please contact your current ADMIN office and ask that a request for a Dependent Entry Approval be sent through message traffic to the ADMIN Office of the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, Kauai. Once PMRF ADMIN receives this message, they will send out the Dependent Entry Approval via message traffic to the active duty member’s current command. You will then need to go to your current ADMIN office to get a copy of this document. Make several copies and have them on hand as you will be asked for it many different times throughout the moving process. You will need this document prior to setting up a Household Goods move, shipping your vehicle, or booking your airline tickets through the military.


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To be enrolled in a Hawaii school, children should be five years old by July 31st to be eligible for kindergarten. Children who turn 5 on August 1 or later must enroll in the following school year.

In 2010, Hawaii along with the majority of other 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

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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.

Child Care Aware:

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.
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Hawaii Department of Human Resources 808-587-1058
Helps families live safe, healthy and successful lives. It fulfills this mission by providing children, youth, families and adults care, services and treatment to thrive in their homes and communities.

Kauai County Children Services 808-245-5914
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.

Kauai County Animal Services 808-632-0610
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.

Kauai County Dept of Public Health 808-241-3495

Highway Patrol 808-241-8300

Base Operator 808-335-4740


Housing Services Office 808-335-4400


ID/CAC Card Processing 808-335-4221


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The climate in Kekaha is warm, humid, windy, and mostly clear. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 66°F to 86°F and is rarely below 61°F or above 88°F.

Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Kekaha for hot-weather activities is from late May to early October.

The overall cost of living index in Kekaha, HI is 155, which is 21% lower than the Hawaii average and 55% higher than the national average.

Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Kekaha, HI are equal to the Hawaii average and 29% higher than the national average.

A different and enjoyable style of night life is available on Kauai. The various hotels and resorts provide their own shows and entertainment, and there are several night clubs on the island. Many shows feature beautiful Hawaiian music and hula.

Kauai has its annual special events which attract tourists and residents alike. The Waimea Town celebration in February, the Prince Kuhio Festival in March which pays tribute to Kauai’s native son with pageants, a memorial ceremony and special broadcasts; the Rodeo in July in Hanalei; the Farmer’s Fair in Lihue in August; the Bon Odori, a Buddhist
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festival in July and August; the Kauai Art Group show in the fall; and the Kauai Annual Invitational Golf Tournament in November at the Wailua Golf Course and Waimea’s Festival of Lights in December are some of the special events.

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