Hickam and Pearl Harbor share the same parcel of land with only a small gate separating the two. Although they are connected, each service has its own commissary, post exchange (PX) and other amenities, such as movie theaters, fitness and recreation facilities, restaurants and various entertainment opportunities.
Hickam Air Force Base is home to the Pacific Command (PACAF) whose mission is to “plan, conduct and coordinate offensive and defensive air operations in the Pacific and Asian theaters.”
Naval Station Pearl Harbor is home to Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT) who “protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the United States and its allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region.”
The Honolulu area is teeming with recreational activities. Since military personnel stationed in Hawaii are considered kamaʽaina, or local, most entertainment venues, parks and hotels — even those on neighbor islands — offer significantly discounted rates. Military families can enjoy luaus, neighbor-island excursions, snorkeling, Pacific Rim cuisine, nightlife, hiking and surfing.
Military families looking for a “stay-cation” can go beachfront camping, rent cabins and even visit the Hale Koa hotel, located on Waikiki Beach. The Hale Koa, or “house of the warrior,” is an armed forces recreation center hotel.
Of course, Honolulu is also home to several malls, movie theaters, a weekly “swap meet” and other, less-touristy amenities that are common to large cities.
Hickam Air Force Base is served by Hickam Elementary, Mokulele Elementary and Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Elementary Schools. Since Navy housing is located throughout the island, navy dependents attend a variety of public schools. All public schools in Hawaii are administered by a statewide board of education. Therefore, expect curricula and standards to be the same regardless of school. There are no middle and high schools designated specifically for the military population.
In addition to public schools, Hawaii has a large network of private schools, many of which are attended by military children. Some private schools near Pearl Harbor/Hickam include Holy Family Catholic Academy, St. Elizabeth Catholic School, Our Savior Lutheran School, Navy Hale Keiki School and Assets School.
Both Hickam and Pearl Harbor have medical clinics on base. However, specialists and emergency care are located at Tripler Army Hospital.
Since Honolulu is a high cost-of-living area, most military families live on base. However, high demand means that families may find themselves on waiting lists.
Naval Station Pearl Harbor has 21 communities throughout the region, but only the Marine Barracks, Hospital Point, Makalapa and Hale Aliʽi officer housing communities are located on the naval station itself. Nevertheless, naval communities total over 4,500 homes.
Hickam Air Force Base has over 1,300 homes located on the base, most of which have been recently renovated with “green” technologies. Construction and renovation is ongoing, and Hickam expects to have over 2,200 homes soon.
Hawaii is completely rabies-free. Therefore, pets will undergo quarantine after arrival to ensure that they do not carry rabies. Depending vaccination records, quarantines last for five days, 30 days or 120 days. Call the Animal Quarantine Station at (808) 483-7151 for information.