Military Transfers & Relocations to Hawaii: A Geographical Shock

ar12004213836299.jpgar12004213836299.jpgTransferring to a new duty station is never an easy task for the Active Duty Personnel, spouse and their dependents. Relocating to a “new land” out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is definitely going to be a geographical change. Okay, more of a geographical shock. I know. I’ve been in the same position many times throughout my life.

My father was in the US Navy and we traveled all over the Continental United States, then to Yokohama, Japan, onward to Subic Bay, Phillippines and finally came to Honolulu, Hawaii in 1967 where my father was stationed at CINPACFLT, Pearl Harbor. Honolulu, Hawaii. He finally retired two years later and Hawaii became my permanent home. Our permanent duty station so to speak. And my mom was born and raised on Kauai…so she finally made it back home to the islands.

Until,….. I married a US Air Force man and we moved 7 times in 7 years. From here to Minot, North Dakota; Biloxi, Mississippi; Sacramento, California; Izmir, Turkey; back to Hawaii, Plattsburgh, New York; and back here to stay ….permanently. 

The Military Veteran makes up approximately 10% (or 34,000) of our population on Oahu and they are a driving force in our community. The knowing what it feels like to be moving to a new home gave me more of a purpose with my military clientele. I care and I know what it’s like to have the family uprooted. Friends made and sadness when friends have to part. I can vividly remember each time as a child that I had to say goodbye to the few friends I had made; then as an adult saying goodbye to other military wives who had become wonderful friends….and the tug on the heart strings that are remembered to this day.

It’s not easy moving across the Pacific Ocean let alone to a totally different “world” of people but you can do it with effort, motivation and someone who understands.  

The following articles will help you in your Relocation to Hawaii with things you need to consider in your move and purchasing real property:  

Preservation & Conservation: Military Land Use on Oahu Hawaii’s West Coast


Military Relocating to Hawaii rotate in and out of Oahu year round and they surely play a big part in many of our communities. The military & veterans make up about 10% of our population in Hawaii (add in: with 3.5% active duty) and following is some interesting info on military land use on the Waianae Side of Oahu.

The Military Land Use in Waianae:

 Lualualei Valley:  Navy owned land consisting of 14.4 sq. miles and has 255 above ground storage capable of storing 78,000 tons of ammunition. Kolekole Pass (closed to the public) extends from the Waianae Coast to Schofield Barracks going up and over the Waianae Mountains. The public has to drive around the range to get to other areas of the island.

Makua Valley: US Army uses about 6.5 sq. miles for live fire training programs since World War II. The leased land of 1.2 sq. miles from the state is up in 2029 and the ceded land of 5 sq. miles is also leased from the state. The entire training area extends from the Waianae Ridge Line to Kaena Point (partial view in picture above). After a lawsuit was brought against the military they now allow the Hawaiian people to travel through the area due to the cultural and historical heiaus found in the area. Because of the concern over the preservation of the natural and cultural resources in the valley the Army is now taking measures to develop an ecosystem management plan.

Brief history of ‘ceded lands’.

  •  Ceded land is the land taken shortly after the overthrow of the Republic of Hawaii by the United States  in 1893
  • In 1898 Hawaii ‘cedes’ land to the U.S. and it is to be held in trust (education and other public purposes.) and include Crown land  (formerly known as Government land)
  • 1959– The State of Hawaii becomes trustee for 1.4 million acres when Hawaii is admitted into the union as a state.
  • 1978– The Office of Hawaiian Affairs was created by way of voters and funded with a share of some of the money that came from the use of ceded lands.
  • 1980– The share was set at 20% by the State Legislature.

As of January 31, 2008– The Supreme Court ruled that the state is not allowed to sell or transfer the Hawaiian Monarchy lands (known as ceded lands) until the Native Hawaiian claims for the land have been resolved.

More News Here…….


Kaena Satellite Space Station is the Air Force Space Station on the West Coast of Oahu and is a remote tracking station for tracking satellites in orbit. This tracking station opened in 1959 for a satellite program (called Corona) and they say that the presence of the satellite may have sped up the statehood of Hawaii. Hmmm.

The ‘randomes’ atop the 1500 foot ridge are radar domes that are big weatherproof enclosures to protect the antenna inside. At first sight it looked to us to be a big golf ball. The picture to the right shows this big randome sitting on the ridge with a background of beautiful blue Hawaiian sky.

At the base of the ridge is the Yokohama Bay State Parkand a hiking trail around Kaena Point to the north side of the ridge to the Mokuleiea Beach on the North Shore of Oahu.

On the Kaena Point Satellite Station grounds there are many hunting trails and Peacock Flats camping site that is inland about 10 miles and of course you need a permits to hunt, hike or camp on the station.

Obtain Permits at:   The Department of Land and Natural Resources in downtown Honolulu. Address is Kalanimoku Bldg., 1151 Punchbowl St., Rm. 325, Honolulu, HI 96813 Phone: (808) 587-0400

To sum up this story on Military Land Use:  It is this writers opinion that the military play a big part in protecting our Hawaiian Islands out here in the Pacific Ocean and their presence is a great comfort to many. The military does understand the importance of the preservation and conservation of our land and taking precautions to care for the land while they are using it. We can work together to protect and serve as well as preserve and conserve.

Other stories of interest:

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                    Century 21 Liberty Homes, Mililani, Hawaii

Honolulu Shopping Centers and the Kakaako Neighborhood Plan

Koi PondAla Moana Shopping Center is the largest shopping center on Oahu with over 260 shops and restaurants  and IS the largest open air shopping center in the world.A little history of Ala Moana Center:

  • 1959 – Ala Moana Center was built on swamp land (and if you folks didn’t know….Waikiki was mostly swamp land as well for most of the 1800’s)
  • With 89 stores back then, it was considered the largest shopping center in the U.S. until the Mall of America was built in Bloominton, Minnesota
  • 1990– Extensive remodeling done on Ala Moana Center with additional shops, restaurants and our famous food courts totaling a total of 260 shops and more coming!
  • 2004- The owners of Ala Moana (General Growth Properties) invested a billion dollars to remodel other centers across Canada and the United States using Ala Moana as a template.

Koi Fountain and pondFebruary 6, 2008- General Growth Properties also owns Ward Center Shopping Mall (2002) just a few blocks down from Ala Moana. They proposed a plan to redevelop 60 acres in this area called Kakaako with a mix of 4,000 residential units, shops and a pedestrian friendly malls and such. This planned community would take about 20 years to complete but bring beauty, residential units, shops and more to this community. Currently, there are many dilapidated buildings and a good cleanup may be just what this area needs to brighten up the place.

Of course the Hawai’i Community Development Authority has to approve of the plan as well as hold a public hearing. They will also have to take into consideration that there will most likely be plenty of ancient burial sites/bones in the area.

In my previous article Purchasing Hawaii Vacant Land? Ancient Hawaiian Burial Sites and Laws I discussed how ‘It is a known fact that all our Hawaiian Islands have many burial grounds and sites that have still not been discovered.’

Back in 2004 Walmart broke ground for construction on our island of Oahu on Keeaumoku Street (Kakaako District) and then they discovered ancient bones. Construction ceases and they await direction from the State Historic Preservaton Division. They call the Honolulu Police Department and an archeaologist at the same time as well. Specialists in Hawaiian culture are called in to handle the remains and/or artifacts. In this case 42 sets of human remains were found. After a process, Walmart resumed the construction and it opened in October of 2004.

Many things to consider when presenting a plan for major reconstruction in any area in the islands don’t you think?

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                    Century 21 Liberty Homes, Mililani, Hawaii