At AHRN.com, we want to offer our readers a place to turn to when facing the challenge of a PCS. You know how it is when you get orders. You go to your Facebook friends list, find someone who is there or has been recently and get all the details! We are sharing the little things that help you to make a home at MCAS Kaneohe Bay!
What are the best neighborhoods?
MCAS Kaneohe Bay is located on the island of Oahu, Hawaii along with Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickam and Schofield Army Barracks.
What schools are considered the best?
The base is located in the Winward School District. It is important to know that you can send your child to any school in the district by providing transportation and requesting a geographical exception. Research the specific schools that the homes you are interested in are zoned for. You can find more detailed information about those schools on greatschools.org.
Is there anywhere traffic is especially bad?
Oahu traffic can be considerable. H1 and anywhere heading into downtown Honolulu can get backed up. There aren’t many alternate routes on the island, but exploring them is a beautiful drive!
Can I get off post for lunch?
Where do you like to do your grocery shopping? Where is the best produce? The best prices?
Groceries can be very expensive in Hawaii – the increase in your food cost will make you appreciate your COLA. For this reason, many military families prefer the commissaries on one of the several installations on Oahu. The local farmers markets are worth exploring too.
Where do you like to do your clothes/home shopping?
Honolulu has most major shopping. Be careful with online shopping as many stores charge extra shipping to Hawaii!
What are your favorite local restaurants?
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a trip to Leonard’s Bakery in Kapahulu for a Malasada with a Portuguese doughnut. Shave Ice is a Hawaiian classic. Check out some of the most famous Shave Ice vendors by visiting Matsumoto’s Shave Ice on the North Shore, Waiola’s Shave Ice in Kapahulu and Island Snow in Kailua Town. Maui Mike’s Fire Roasted Chicken is worth a visit for a delicious and inexpensive meal – just don’t cut it too close to closing time because they’re known to sell out of chicken!
Where do you go if you want to grab a coffee with friends and relax?
Best spot for a date night?
There is an incredible range of options available on Oahu for date night. Go snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, kayaking or surfing in gorgeous ocean waters around the island. Visit Hanuama Bay, a marine preserve where you can see coral and tropical sea life.
What do you LOVE about MCAS Kanoehe Bay?
Warm weather, gorgeous beaches, good food – paradise has its challenges but there is SO MUCH to love about island life.
We Want To Know:
Have you lived at MCAS Kaneohe Bay? What would you add to these answers?