Kunia Field Station
United States National Security Agency facility
The Kunia Field Station is now known as KR-SOCK or Kunia Regional SIGINT Operations Center. Throughout World War II, Korean War, Cold War and Vietnam War, it served as an intelligence operation for the Navy and Army. Kunia was originally developed after the attack on Pearl Harbor and subsequently has changed hands multiple times. It is most famous for the documents released by Edward Snowden who worked at Kunia and revealed secrets about the PRISM surveillance program.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, a new installation was to be created and built that would be bomb-proof and develop underground. It would comprise 250,000 square feet for floor space to facilitate aircraft assembly in a nearby airfield called Wheeler. In the last year of World War II and in the years that followed, Kunia became a cryptologic and intelligence activity compound.
Operations included miliary units that would occupy the structure. These units came from the US Naval Security Group Activity Hawaii and the US Army Military Intelligence Corps 500th Military Intelligence Brigade.
In the 1950s, action increased for Kunia because of the Korean War. However, there was an article published in the Honolulu Star Bulletin in 1953, it would change over to the bunker into a secret facility. There was a local team of construction workers that would get the contract for $1.7 million to renovate the facilities.
The facility was transformed in the early 1960s once more under the Commander in Chief over the Pacific Forces used the facilities as a central command. In 1966, the facility was reinforced to prevent damage from chemical, radiological and biological attacks.
The overall population in Honolulu is 351,792.
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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 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 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.
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.
Honolulu Children Services 808-586-5667
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.
Honolulu Animal Services 808-356-2200
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.
Honolulu Dept of Public Health 808-586-4400
Highway Patrol 808-587-2160
Base Operator 808-655-4227
In Honolulu, 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.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Honolulu for hot-weather activities is from mid May to mid October.
The average cost of living in Honolulu, HI being 182, that puts it 3% higher than the average of Hawaii and 82% higher than our nation’s average.
The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city’s goods. In the case of Honolulu, HI, the price of goods and services are equal to the average of Hawaii as well as 29% higher than the nation’s average.
If Oahu is the heart of Hawaii, then Honolulu is its racing pulse. In this cosmopolitan capital city, you’ll find everything from historic landmarks to fine dining to world-class shopping. Home to the majority of Oahu’s population, Honolulu stretches across the southeastern shores of the island, from Pearl Harbor to Makapuu Point, encompassing world-famous Waikiki Beach along the way.
Downtown Honolulu and Chinatown are Oahu’s centers for government, business and arts,with dining and nightlife around every corner. National Memorial of the Pacific honors sacrifices of America’s Armed Forces. Presiding over Honolulu Harbor, Aloha tower is now home to an outdoor shopping and dining marketplace, plus a 10th-floor observation tower with 360-degree views.
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