Aloha Y’all! I am so excited to be writing about our time stationed in Hawaii because that means I get to reminisce on all the wonderful times we had there! Not to mention Hawaii is BEAUTIFUL, so getting to look back on the pictures makes me miss it. This post will focus on the base and housing we had while stationed there. So let’s dive on in! Pun intended 😉
- We lived on the windward side of the island of Oahu in Kaneohe Bay on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The base and housing here is some of the best the Marine Corps has to offer! While the base is small in size, everything is either in walking distance or a short drive away. Most of the older housing here was torn down while newer homes were built in the last few years. These homes are air conditioned, while most homes out in town are not and include an upstairs washer and dryer. Here is us in front of our 3 bedroom home on Lawrence Drive in the Mololani Neighborhood:
The view of the big beautiful mountains from our backyard:
And the view from our front yard looking down the street:
- There are some beautiful beaches on base here and lucky for us one was just a few minutes walk from our house. The officer’s beach:
- Mokapu Elementary is the only school on base and is a few minutes walk from every neighborhood. Most Parents had nothing but positive things to say about their children’s experience there.
- There are tons of playgrounds in every neighborhood on base, which is great for both the kiddos and for their moms to connect.
- This base is so great for running! Most days I would start our day by throwing Easton in the baby jogger and going for a nice run along the beach or the golf course and finish with a stop at the playground, so he could play while I used the playground for exercises and stretching.
My once little baby playing (insert ugly cries):
- The base has very nice community centers where events are held such as spouses coffees, change of command parties, etc. Next to the Mololani community center is a spray ground for the kids!
- This base also has a fairly large commissary and exchange that is within walking distance from most neighborhoods. We would prefer to shop for produce at the Pearl Harbor Navy Commissary, as it seemed that the Marine Corps Commissary would either run out or would spoil soon after purchasing.
- There is a children’s development center (CDC) on base that offers preschool, daycare, and open play times. I used to take Easton to the open play time and that is where we actually met some of our friends. Not only is it fun for the kids, it is also a great place for moms with young children to meet one another.
- The base has one of the best golf courses on Oahu. The million dollar views on the back nine have you teeing off just yards away from the ocean!
Down below this hill is some of the golf course:
- The Officer’s club offers not only tasty food, but a beautiful view! We used to enjoy going here for Sunday brunch after church or for Mongolian BBQ during the week.
View from the Officer’s Club & BOQ:
- For temporary lodging for PCS orders or just visiting, the base has modern style hotel rooms at the Marine Inn near the main gate, a beautifully restored historic BOQ the “5 Palms,” (a charming building reminiscent of a bygone era of yesterday) coupled with breathtaking views and situated right across from the O’Club, this was our favorite place to stay! Lastly the base has beach cabins that sit right on Kaneohe Bay for rent, but limited in number, availability, and rank restrictions. These cabins are very popular for both active and retired military vacationing here!
The BOQ (Five Palms):
I hope y’all enjoyed reading about where we lived while we were stationed in K-Bay! Stay tuned for more posts on Hawaii to come soon 🙂