Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) Relocation Information
Welcome to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
Aloha and welcome to paradise!
With an assignment to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH), Hawaii, you’ll be the envy of everyone you know. Located adjacent to Honolulu, JBPHH is a joint Navy/Air Force base. Pearl Harbor and Hickam AFB are physically connected, which means you’ll hear jets taking off from the runway at Hickam while watching Navy ships, carriers, subs, and other vessels cruising into the harbor nearby.
An assignment to Oahu is unique not only due to its tropical location, but also because all branches are present on the island. The military’s presence in Hawaii is almost wholly concentrated on the island of Oahu.
The culture in Hawaii will be different from any other duty station you’ve lived. Get ready to experience the melting pot of Hawaii cultures, along with all sorts of food from across the globe. And if you’re an outdoor person, you’ll thrive with the easy access to water sports and gorgeous hiking trails.
This unique duty station is located on the southern end of the island of Oahu, one of the 8 main islands that make up the state of Hawaii, in the southern portion of the Ewa Plain, approximately 5.8 miles northwest of downtown Honolulu.
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) serves as a major home port and "pit stop of the Pacific" for the submarines and surface ships of U.S. and Allied Pacific fleets, providing services comparable to a large city. U.S. Navy controlled and operating the Navy's busiest harbor, JBPHH is also home to the 15th Airlift Wing of the Hawaii ANG and 67 partner units including U.S. Pacific Air Forces Headquarters at Hickam Field.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
1) Can I bring my pet to Hawaii?
Those bringing cats, dogs, or other animals to Hawaii need to comply with the state quarantine requirements. You will need to prepare well before your move, especially if you’re hoping to participate in the immediate release program when you arrive. Stay updated with the most current info:
2) Is there traffic on Oahu?
Navigating traffic on Oahu can be challenging, especially in the tourist-heavy areas of Waikiki and around Honolulu. Even if you only have a few miles to drive, it could easily take an hour or more to drive west on H-1 out of Honolulu at the end of the day.
The planned rail project running from Kualaka’i to the Ala Moana Center could help reduce some of the stressful commute.
3) How expensive is it to live in Hawaii?
Hawaii is considered the most expensive state to live in, according to Career Trends. However, your COLA (Cost of Living Allowance) should help offset some of the expense. Find out what you’re eligible for at the Defense Travel Management Office Overseas COLA Calculator.
4) What is it like to live on an island?
While you’ll definitely experience the beautiful beaches and balmy breezes that you envision with island life, you may also take some adjusting to life on a small island. You may have heard of “island fever,” but it’s easy enough to fix with a quick flight to a neighboring island or the West Coast of the U.S. Oahu has most of the same amenities as you’ll find on the mainland, so embrace the experience!
Base lodging and local hotels for initial lodging needs:
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (Hickam Side, Royal Alaka’i)
15 G Street, Building 1153
JBPHH, Hawaii, 96860
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (Pearl Harbor Side)
Arizona Hall Front Desk 1623 Battleship Drive
JBPHH, Hawaii, 96860
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Housing
Military family housing in Hawaii is privatized and referred to as Public-Private Venture (PPV) housing. There are two separate PPV projects that provide family housing to incoming Navy and Air Force personnel at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Air Force Housing
JBPHH Off-Base Housing
With the higher cost of living on Oahu, many military families choose to live in military housing, while others embrace off base living.
Renting allows military families the opportunity to experience the island like a local without the challenge of buying or selling an expensive home. Whether you choose a high rise in Honolulu or a single home farther out from the touristy areas, confirm your BAH before you start your house hunt. You’ll want to set realistic expectations before you look at rental properties.
Oahu Military Installations
With year-round sunshine, balmy breezes, and gorgeous beaches, get ready to enjoy the duty station of a lifetime. Leave your heavy jackets, sweaters, and snow boots behind, because you won’t be needing them in Hawaii unless you travel to a colder climate.
Aside from the “winter” rainy season, if it’s possible for weather to be perfect year-round, it’s in Hawaii. With the average lows in the 70’s and average highs in the 80’s, you’ll live in casual summer clothes and sandals, with the occasional light sweater.
Beach at Bellows AF Station
Military families stationed at Pearl Harbor-Hickam have numerous schooling options for their children. The public schools are administered by the Hawaii State Department of Education. Use their School Site Locator to find the nearest public school. Private school tuition is in line with national averages, with 71% of private schools in Hawaii having a religious affiliation. Find private school ratings at Hawaii’s Private School Review. Homeschoolers in Hawaii must submit a letter of intent to the DOE and comply with testing requirements.
Support for Military and Families
The military spouse community in Oahu may be one of the closest you’ll find, with numerous spouse groups and events to attend, such as the island-wide Joint Spouses’ Conference.
Some helpful links:
Other Area Info
667 SAFEGUARD ST STE 100 Code