Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) is positioned on prime real estate on Oahu’s Windward coast. Taking up the entire Mokapu Peninsula, it rests between the two coastal towns of Kailua and Kaneohe, with the Ko’olau Mountain range just west of the base. This land has been through multiple military evolutions since 1918, including its inception as an Army Artillery base, a Naval Air Station and now the Marine Corps Base Hawaii. MCBH is home to the 3rd Marine Regiment, Marine Aircraft Group 24, Combat Logistics Battalion 3 (CLB-3) and the Navy’s Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 2.
If you’ve received orders for MCBH – congratulations! Pack away your winter clothes and stock up on beachwear because paradise awaits. The island can be intimidating, but the good news is that it’s HAWAII and incredible places to live are plentiful. On post housing is in high demand and it’s not uncommon to be on a waiting list for anywhere from a few weeks to several months. There is typically a healthy supply of short term and vacation rentals available for this very reason. There is also consistent property appreciation on the island so it’s not a terrible idea to go ahead and invest in a home. If you’ll be here a few years, plan to rent it out when you PCS again, or think you may return in retirement, it’s a good idea to look into purchasing a home.