Post # 1
Aloha Hawaii Bees!
FI and I will be relocating to Oahu in April/ May 2014 after our April wedding. FI is active-duty Navy and will be stationed at Pearl. We are really looking forward to it!
I currently work in Higher Education and will be looking for a job when we get there. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Get used to spending a lot of money on food. A gallon of milk costs $8 and that’s at places like Walmart and the NEX comissary.
Avoid the Country Bar. You’ll see what I mean when you get to Pearl and you go there out of curiosity, and you hear the same five country songs on loop, and then some random jarhead picks a fight with like five Sailors (and wins).
Enjoy Bellows Beach as much and as often as you can. It’s the nicest beach on Oahu, and it’s on an Air Force vacation base so you need a CAC card to get there.
Make a priority to see the other islands, like Oahu, Kuai, the Big Island… My husband and I spent a week in Maui and it was magnificent but we never got to the Big Island because we didn’t make it as much of a priority as we should have. And now we missed our chance to go there for $150 round-trip… Yeah, the puddle jumper (inter island) flights are super cheap.
Live off base if your husband an E-4 or higher. Look into Pearl City or Salt Lake.
Take advantage of as many MWR opportunities as you can.
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@sweettealove: My sister was stationed at Hickam AFB (same as Pearl) and it was fun visiting. She loved it there! Have fun in Hawaii!
Post # 5
@sweettealove: There is Navy housing near the Salt Lake / Airport area that is fairly new and nice. I don’t know a lot of details about it, since I’m not military but I have known several people who have lived there and enjoyed it. I drive through this neighborhood almost daily and it’s peaceful and quiet. I love how many of the families decorate for Christmas / Halloween, etc.
Milk is actually only about $5 a gallon, it’s come down in the last several years. Things are all around more expensive than the mainland but the introduction of many larger stores/chains has provided competition, I think.
You’ll be able to shop at the NEX (and similar) which will be a big benefit. Costco is also really good, pricewise. Target’s great, too.
As far as higher education career opportunities, there is University of Hawaii – Manoa, University of Hawaii – West Oahu, Kapiolani Community College, Honolulu Community College, Leeward Community College, Chaminade University (private – they use a lot of adjunct professors), Hawaii Pacific University (private), and others that I can’t think of right now.
There will be SO many things to do! I’m excited for you because I remember how awesome it was moving here and having a million things to explore. So many of the best things are free or low cost, too. Beaches, hiking, museums, festivals, etc.
Feel free to PM me with any questions!
Post # 6
@MissPine: Thank you for all the info!! I will definitely keep all of this in mind.
It’s a relief to know that prices have come down a little bit since the introduction of some of the bigger retailers. I sure will miss my Trader Joe’s though!
What brought you to Hawaii?
Post # 7
@sweettealove: I am originally from Hawaii. Here are some fun tips for you- eat at Olive Garden before you move (last I knew there is no Olive Garden there but you still see the commercials on TV. I don’t LOVE Olive Garden, but you crave what you can’t have, lol. I googled it for fun and they announced Olive Garden is supposed to come soon!). Maybe Trader Joe’s will come soon? Only recently Hawaii got Victoria’s Secret and Target. Fresh sandwich bread isn’t the easiest to find in Hawaii- I recommend the Japanese bread they sell at Costco. Milk, meat, and many other food items are more expensive in Hawaii. @CorvusCorax: is totally right about Bellows Beach- we used to go almost every weekend when I was a kid (My dad is a govt contractor, so we had access). It’s gorgeous and a lot less crowded than other beaches! Waiola shave ice is better than Matsumoto’s. No Major Banks have any branches or ATMs in the state of Hawaii. If someone is selling food on the side of the road, it’s probably awesome. Be respectful of the Hawaiian culture, we stole their country. Regardless of how nice you are, some locals will be nasty to you. Most people though are really nice and will openly welcome you into their Ohana. If you could get a job at UH, that would be ideal- my uncle works there and he loves it. Good luck- It’s a beautiful place and I’m sure you will love it!