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: