Here in Hawaii, we live among the largest concentration of United States Military bases and compounds in the country. There are around 50,000 military personnel assigned to Hawaii, and that number has steadily risen every year. The Hawaii military presence has a huge impact on the economy of the state, generating nearly $15 billion for Hawaii’s economy. The military bases in Hawaii impact civilians as well and have created an estimate 100,000 civilian jobs across the many military bases across Hawaii’s islands.
Military Life in Hawaii
Life in Hawaii is like no other. There’s always something fun to do and you can wear shorts and relax on the beach in the middle of winter. It’s an OCONUS (outside continental United States) post, yet it’s still part of the US, so there’s no need to worry about passports or currency conversion rates. Now let’s talk about the pros and cons of being stationed in Hawaii. You’ll surely fall in love with Hawaii’s natural beauty, perfect weather, and Aloha spirit, but you might not love the higher cost of food and goods and how far away it is from family. Every duty station has positives and negatives, for many, living in Hawaii is a once in a lifetime opportunity that they can’t pass up.
Where are the military bases in Hawaii?
Hawaii is one of the few states that has at least one base from each branch of the military — Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard are all represented throughout the state. There are a total of 11 bases all across Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island, many of which served a vital role in WWII. No matter where you are in Hawaii, you’re never too far from a military base.
List of Military Bases in Hawaii
Hawaii is a tiny island chain known for its beaches, so when people first learn about the strong military presence here, they wonder how many military bases are in Hawaii. Hawaii is home to 11 military bases, and there is at least one for every branch.
Military Bases in Oahu (Honolulu)
- Marine Corps: Marine Corps Base Hawaii (Kaneohe Bay), Camp H. M. Smith and Pu’uloa Range Training Facility
- Army: Fort Shafter, Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Army Airfield (formerly Wheeler Air Force Base) and Tripler Medical Center
- Navy: Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, NCTAMS PAC, Naval Magazine Lualualei
- Air Force: Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Bellows Air Force Station
- Coast Guard: USCG ISC Honolulu, USCG Air Station Barbers Point
Military Bases in Kauai
Military Bases in Maui
- Coast Guard: USCG Station Maui
Military Bases in the Big Island
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Top 20 Quick U.S. Military Facts
Here are some interesting facts that you may not know about our Armed Forces:
- We have 5 branches of fighting Military in the US – Marine Corps, Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. (Okay, so you probably knew this, but I have to start somewhere!)
- The Marine Corps is actually its own branch in the Department of the Navy.
- The National Guard is a department of the Army, not an actual branch.
- Marine Corps, Navy, Army and Air Force fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Defense.
- The Coast Guard falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security
- Only Officers are saluted.
- Only Officers may fly in the Military.
- A hat is not a hat…it’s a cover.
- The Navy and Coast Guard are sea, Army is land, and Air Force is air. Only the Marine Corps are all three.
- The Navy is actually older than the United States is – by 8 months.
- When Pearl Harbor was attacked there were no aircraft carriers in port. Not one. Those were one of the primary targets for the Japanese attacking forces.
- Shipwreck U is the nickname for the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.
- Historically, only the Marine Corps changes the camouflage uniform colors seasonally, woodland (green/black) and deserts (tan/brown).
- Marine Corps are the only military not allowed to wear their cammies off base, only to and from their place of residence. That’s why you will never see them at the grocery store in cammies where you will see members of other military branches.
- The term “a cup of Joe” came to be as a result of such heavy coffee consumption by G.I. Joes (Army) in WWII.
- The Air Force’s F-117 fighter uses aerodynamics discovered during research into how bumblebees fly.
- Most people assume that the Blue Angels aerial demonstration team are part of the Air Force. Not true, they are Navy.
- The United States Military Academy at West Point has trained more Officers than any other institution.
- The U.S. Air Force was part of the Army until 1946. It was called the Army Air Corp.
- The Navy Band was playing the Star Spangled Banner at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
- Army Captain Ronald Reagan signed Army Major Clark Gable’s discharge papers in 1944.
Hawaii Military FAQ
People always have a lot of factors to consider when they get their PCS orders to Hawaii. You will have to decide whether you want to live on or off base, find a home if you choose to live off base and learn how to move your family’s belongings and cars.
Where is the Naval Base located in Hawaii?
The US Naval base in Hawaii, Naval Station Pearl Harbor, is located near Honolulu, Oahu. This important Honolulu Naval base was the site of an attack that triggered the US entry into World War II.
What is the name of the Air Force Base in Hawaii?
The Air Force base in Hawaii is called Hickam Air Force base. It is located just west of Pearl Harbor on the south coast of Oahu. This base is joined with the Naval base in Hawaii and is now part of Joint Base Pearl Harbor—Hickam. The Hawaii AFB also shares a runway with Honolulu International Airport.
Want to Know More About Hawaii Life?
Pssst…USMC Gunnery Sargeant Quiroz, Staff Sargeant Anderson and Army (soon to be) Sergeant First Class Kelly, this one’s for you!