We left there 4yrs ago (Dh was stationed at Kaneohe Marine Base on the other side of the island). From what I remember and what I've heard since:
Milk was almost $5/gallon
Gas is probably around $4/gallon (even on base)
Hickam and Pearl Harbor exchange/commissary are awesome!!!
The weather is comfortable everyday
Prepare to to more drivers driving through the dashboard (no offense to anyone)
We spent $150/2wks for the same items.
There are farmers markets, but not sure where they are
Keep an eye our for JSC later this fall. Its a conference, on island for military wives and features many differen workshops. It was $35 4yrs ago, it should not have gone up much. Each base takes turns hosting.
If you don't have a GPS, I would suggest buying one because all the street names sound kinda the same.
If you want to go to a Walmart I suggest the one in Pearl City, its easier to get in and out of. The one in Honolulu is behind Ala Moana (biggest mall on the island) and hell to get in and out of.
Mondo Gelato is a must. Its on Lewers Str about 3blks from the Hale Koa (military hotel). Ask for a military discount (will need id)
Ruth Chris' is expensive
Gordon Beirsch in the Hola Towers is awesome, so is Hooters (one of our old haunts)
The zoo is disappointing, its really small, but free for military once a year
prepare to be called Hale (hallie pronounced; its Hawaiians' name for white people)
Do not advertise that you are military, because Hawaiians do not like military. Many will cover up their base decals when out in town. Single guys (at the Marines) travel in packs because the locals like to pick fights (although I think some of them were instigated)
There are TONS of outside activities to do
Visit your family program (I don't know what it is the Air Force, but for the Marines its Marine Corps Family Team Building and for the Navy its Fleet and Family)
Head over to the Marine Base, or call and ask about the island tour, its free all day
If the Air Force doesn't offer this look into the Marines' LINKS classes or the Navys' Compass classes to help you get resources for the island and get to know some ins and outs.
LOVED Hickams' hobby shops
Live on base, its much cheaper. Unless you don't mind appts or small quarters. Off base housing is small, unless you live away from the base.
I hope this helps and I hope I didn't scare you.
Married to a Marine, mom to (3yrs old in May) and our 2 furbabies Lady, and the newest member of our family Duke (8wks)
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