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 Schofield Barracks!
In your opinion, what are the best neighborhoods to live in?
Avoid any towns that start with a “W”… weird rule of thumb that is amazingly accurate! Many families live in Mililani, Ewa Beach, and Kapolei. Some more adventurous families live on the North Shore in and around Haleiwa Town.
What schools are considered the best in the area?
I don’t have school aged kids, but I’ve heard the schools in Mililani are some of the best.
Is there anywhere traffic is especially bad? How about a shortcut that is useful?
Traffic is bad in most places during rush hours (6-8 am, 3-5 pm). Try to avoid having to drive into Honolulu during those times. We live in the most northern part of Ewa Beach in a neighborhood called Westloch Fairways that has one of the shortest drives to Schoffield Barracks (aside from living on post), via Kunia Road. There’s a big difference in drive time depending on what part of Ewa Beach you live in — the homes in Ocean Point (most southern part of Ewa) have a 20 minute longer drive than we do, even though we both live in the town of Ewa Beach.
Where do I (service member) actually report when I arrive?
You’ll check in at the airport and meet your sponsor. They will typically help you get to the hotel you’ll stay in until you find/get housing.
Can I (service member) get off post for lunch or does traffic make it a no go?
Some service members go out to lunch in Wahiawa (from Schoffield Barracks). We live too far away in Ewa for my husband to come home for lunch. If you lived on post, which is very small, your service member could come home for every meal.
Where do you like to do your grocery shopping? Where is the best produce? The best prices?
The best grocery shopping is at the NEX near Pearl Harbor, and the local Costco. Grocery prices are significantly higher than on the mainland, especially if you don’t shop at a commissary or bulk warehouse type of store.
What are your favorite local restaurants?
We love MonkeyPod in Ko’Olina, The Lady and the Pig downtown, Auntie Pasta’s in Kunia, Opal Thai on the North Shore, Louibeunos on the North Shore.
Where do you like to do your clothes/home shopping? Is it worth the drive to go out of town anywhere?
The shopping on Oahu is really good. My favorites are Ross, an outlet mall in Waikele — and the Ala Moana mall downtown is huge.
Where do you go if you want to grab a coffee with friends and relax?
There is a Starbucks and Jamba Juice on almost every corner. On the windward side, there is a cute local coffee shop called Morning Brew.
Best spot for a date night?
Again, we love Monkey Pod for eating out. There are TONS of very nice (though pricey) restaurants around the island. We also love Louibeuno’s (Mexican) on the North Shore.
Best rainy day energy-busters for the kids?
I haven’t been yet, but I’ve heard the science museum downtown is a lot of fun for kiddos.
What do you LOVE about your duty station?
Every weekend we get to do something new outside and so enjoy living in paradise! It’s absolutely incredible.
What else would you tell your friend who has just received orders?
Get ready for an adventure! Have an open mind… things ARE different on the island. It has a culture all of its own. However, whether you like shopping, hiking, running, swimming, the beach, skydiving, snorkeling, eating out, going out, etc, etc, etc… there’s something for everyone!
We want to know:
Have you lived at Schofield Barracks? What suggestions do you have?