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Location: Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) Kaneohe Bay is fondly referred to as K-Bay. It's located on the island of Oahu's Windward side on Mokapu Peninsula, and is 20 miles northeast of the Honolulu International Airport. K-Bay is the largest Marine Corps element on Oahu. The other major installation comprising MCBH is Camp H.M. Smith, overlooking Pearl Harbor. MCBH's homepage.  Welcome aboard video website.

BRAC Status: No programmed changes.

Cost of Living: The cost of living is very high.

Base Operator:  808-449-7110, DSN 315-449-7110

Population: Over 25,000 Marines, sailors, family members and civilian employees live and work on MCBH.

Area Population: Honolulu County on the Island of Oahu (U.S. Department of Commerce, United States Census Bureau)

Child Care: Marine Corps Base Hawaii has two Child Development Center(s) (CDC). Kupulau is located in building 6111 next to the Marine Corps Exchange and Laulima in building 6782 nearby. The CDC offers Full Day, Part Day, Preschool, School Age, Hourly Care and Special Needs Care. Hourly and Part Day care is currently done on a space avaliable basis. Questions about the CDCs can be directed to Family Care Resource & Referral at 808-257-7430.

Schools: There are no Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Schools in Hawaii. All public schools are state schools managed by the Hawaii's Department of Education. Visit the Military Families link and see all the school districts supporting the military bases and military housing community. Currently only Mokapu Elementary School is located on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The MCBH School Liaison Program (SLP) is available to assist relocating families with school age children with their educational resources and support. Visit the website for additional information or contact them at 808-257-2019.

Youth Services: The Youth Activities Departments at Kaneohe Bay and Manana Housing are Member Organizations of the Boys and Girls Club of America. Programs are offered to youth 5-17 years of age, along with 18 year olds who are still in high school.

Marine & Family Programs:  Marine & Family Programs 808-257-7786 or DSN 315-457-7786. 

Housing: The Family Housing Department, 808-257-2676 / (DSN) 315-457-2676, provides government housing to families of Marines and Sailors assigned to Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay and Camp H.M. Smith. Ohana Military Communities is the managing member in a partnership with the Department of the Navy to manage, maintain and revitalize neighborhoods on and around Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Military families on a waiting list for government quarters or those who prefer to live off-base must compete with the civilian population for adequate rental housing in Oahu's high cost housing market. Rental houses are relatively scarce and generally small, with fewer bedrooms and less living space than on the mainland. Median home price is $774,000. Median rental is $1,456.25 for a one bedroom and $3,040.91 for a three bedroom.


The Family Member Employment Assistance Program with Marine & Family Programs provides valuable employment assistance and accurate, timely information about how to find employment in Hawaii for family members of Marines, Sailors, reservists and retirees. The unemployment rate is approximately 7.2% according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Median household income is $62,613 as of 2007 according to the US Census Bureau. Call FMEAP at 808-257-8354 for further assistance.

Base Services:


Medical Services: Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay has a medical clinic, 808-257-3365 x123, and dental clinic, 808-457-3100, located aboard the base. Clinic patients are often referred to Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) when certain medical specialties are unavailable at Kaneohe Bay. TAMC is approximately a 30-minute drive from Kaneohe Bay and a 10 minute drive from Camp Smith.

Special Message:  Arriving families find it difficult to find a home whether rental or on base, large enough to accommodate their shipment of household goods. We suggest service members consider using non-temporary storage prior to their departure from CONUS locations. Non-temporary storage at their CONUS location is authorized and should be used for excess furnishings and cold weather clothing.

Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions

The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.

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