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    So my husbands assignment list was released today and England was not on it at all There were lots of assignments at Hickam and his boss basically told him that his next assignment will be in Hawaii and he wants to take my husband with him ... How is it there? I never even considered going there as it is so far from the UK. I'm afraid I would get island fever. I'm afraid it is very expensive and we'll struggle. I'm worried that I wont pass the overseas medical screening because of my coumadin monitoring.

    How is it there? How hard is it to get a medical clearance (I need no specialists at all ... ever, just a PCM)? Is it hard to live there (money wise)? Are there many travel ops?

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    I can't answer to the military or medical aspect of it, but another member just PCSed to Shafter - PCS to Hawaii - finally! Just a few questions...

    I know there are some others on the board that are there now. I lived there for 2 years and I can't say that I ever got island fever. There is just so much to do, especially on Oahu. Island hopper flights are relatively cheap (usually under $200), so you can easily go check out the other islands. Other then that for travel, yes it is very expensive. Travel between east coast USA and Hawaii is normally at least $700, although they will run deals every now and again that I've seen go down to like the $500s. West coast USA is cheaper. I would imagine it would be even more expensive to get to the UK.

    Hawaii is expensive, which is one of the reasons I left. But it sounds like you'd get a generous BAH there to go with that expensive COL. There are also a lot of free things as well - for instance, you don't have to pay to go to the beach or on a hike. And military gets discounts at lots of places. On top of that, you can get a Hawaii ID (doesn't even have to be a license, just a state ID) and you will get discounts for being local. I moved there for my first job out of college, so I was young with pretty much no savings and not making a ton of money, and I was able to make it work for those 2 years.
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    Hi there! We just got here (to Shafter - Army) - but we came from San Francisco/Bay Area where everything is crazy expensive, so this seems somewhat "normal" to us - sadly! But I've always been a bargain shopper. There is Walmart and Costco and the PX so that keeps expenses down, and you get COLA, etc. so that def. helps.
    I was able to pass through EFMP for medication as well with no issue, as long as you have a Dr. that says you don't need anything special, you should be OK.... but again, that was Army so YMMV...they have Tripler Medical Center here, so it shouldn't be an issue.
    Do you like hot weather? Because it is freakin' HOT here! And humid! I am just going to plan on having frizzy hair the entire time
    Can you deal with traffic? We were told SO many times about the traffic that we were prepared for it, but it's still a drag - but mostly the worst we're finding is in Waikiki itself, where our hotel is, on the city streets.
    Also, the lights are outrageously long!
    Do you like the beach and doing things outdoors? You'll love it.
    Are you OK with roaches and bugs? I hear there are a lot of them but so far I've only seen tiny ants and exactly ONE cockroach. which was not the size of a mouse and I squashed it easily.
    Now, we've only been here exactly 1 week today - and we (cautiously) like it. We just keep looking at each other saying "we live in HAWAII". It's so weird.
    But it's a long way from the UK -- it's kind of weird that they're bringing so many people here right now. Our hotel is filled up with newly arrived people...
    There are lots of Space A flights - but only to Germany, Northern California, Australia (?) I think? and Japan.
    That is probably the best info I can give you - let me know if you have any other questions - there's another member on here that was a huge help to me so I'll be happy to pay that forward!
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    Inter-island travel isn't too bad at all and I suggest looking into it if you're going to be in Hawaii. It's less expensive to fly to other islands than to the mainland. As for other travel, I suppose it is feasible as long as you can work it into your budget. We could not because of financial obligations. And it was very expensive to fly my daughter back and forth twice a year for visitation with her dad. It was around $600/rt each time with an unaccompanied minor fee. It is also relatively inexpensive to fly to the west coast.

    I had no issues with command sponsorship and for most of my specialities I could be seen at Tripler, with the exception of gastro. I was referred to Queens Medical Center.

    We LOVED Hawaii, and would have stayed there if DH found a job within his field after retirement. DH spent 9 years of his career there, and I was with him for 5 of those years. For us, we wanted to make the most of the experience so we did a lot of trips around the island, sightseeing, hiking and we were very active with volunteer activities within the unit. To be fair, his unit in HI was pretty awesome and we missed that when we PCSed to TX the first time.

    It is expensive to live there and COLA does offset that cost somewhat. Living off base was more expensive for us because our electric bill was so high most of the time and that was without running A/C for most of the day. Living on base took all of the BAH but we were much more comfortable. We lived within walking distance to the BX, Commissary, fitness center, library, pool and MDD's school. We are a family of six, and could live comfortably so I would imagine that a smaller family could as well.

    ETA: We've lived in several areas of O'ahu because DH and I were not married at first. Moving there was on my dime of course, but, he was authorized BAH because he was a single dad. We've lived in Ewa Beach, Mililani, Kane'ohe and on Hickam. We loved Mililani and would have stayed there but we expanded our family by one and needed an extra bedroom. It was much cooler up there and we didn't feel like we needed to run the A/C very much at all.
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    AF is (or was) tougher on the screenings than other branches. I had friends who had orders after a remote and they were almost cancelled due to dental issue and a minor medical issue for one of their kids.

    For me, moving there would depend strictly on which base is available and how long we would be there.

    I would think if England is ok for you (although England is bigger and much cheaper/easier to get to other places) the island fever shouldn't be as big a concern.
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    double post....
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    Thanks for the info everyone The more I've researched, the less worried I feel about going there, if we end up going there. I spoke to my coumadin clinic here in Germany and they said that the clinic there is even bigger so I may even be able to be seen at a coumadin clinic instead of just a PCM or pharmacy or lab (which are my other options). I'm going to call them later today to see what they offer etc. I guess even if I end up being denied there is no reason I couldn't just move there anyway since it is the US!

    **ADD** Just called them and they are very available to accept new patients and the best part is .. they will allow me to continue to self-test!! We better get Hawaii now! lol
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    That's great news!
    So, if you get it, when would you be getting here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by milchel View Post
    That's great news!
    So, if you get it, when would you be getting here?
    Not for a while We're not due to leave here until May next year and we won't even find out if he gets the assignment before October!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tamzyn View Post
    Not for a while We're not due to leave here until May next year and we won't even find out if he gets the assignment before October!
    Wow - OK well - see you next year LOL
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