Hawaii is My Home and I want to Share it With You

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Real Estate Agent with Hawaii Military Realty, Inc.

Hawaii is My Home and I Want to Share it With You

By: David Kucic, Hawaii Real Estate

Tonya, my wife, is Hawaiian and was born and raised with Hawaiian ideology about "Ohana" or "family".  Our children are proud to be Hawaiian too.  Together, we all call Hawai'i our home and will probably never venture off to anywhere else except for the occasional vacation back to the mainland or maybe back to Europe.  Last weekend, we spent Easter down in Waikiki and even though it was only 30 minutes from our house, you would swear we were tourists enjoying the swimming pool, beaches, restaurants, shopping and of course a Mai Tai (or two).  We sure don't have far to go to be in paradise!

        Sandy Beach is off in the distance as seen from one of the lookout points along Kalanianaole Hwy

 

                                                     The Lighthouse at Makapuu Point

 

Since Tonya has always been well versed in her heritage as she was brought up as a Hawaiian where "Ohana" or "family" means everything, I was able to learn so much from her over the 20 years that we have been married and continue to learn as much as I can about the 50th state everyday.  Now I would like to share.

Some facts about Hawaii that may be of interest to you:

  • "Hawai'i" was admitted to the union on August 21st, 1959 as the 50th and last state.  President Dwight Eisenhower was in office at that time.
  • Our state nickname is "The Aloha State".Within the state of Hawai'I, there are a total of 8 major islands in the Hawaiian island chain:
  1. Hawai'i
  2. Oahu
  3. Maui
  4. Lana'i
  5. Kaua'i
  6. Moloka'i
  7. Ni'ihau
  8. Kaho'olawe (uninhabited)

 

  • The islands were all formed by volcanic eruptions under the Pacific Ocean.  The Big Island of Hawai'i continues to get larger everyday as the Kiluea Volcano is always spewing lava.
  • We never change our clocks in Hawai'i.  There is no such thing as "daylight savings time" in Hawai'i.
  • Our tallest mountain in Hawai'i is Mauna Kea on the Big Island.  It stands over 13,000 feet tall from the point of where it protrudes from the Pacific Ocean.  If it was measured from its base on the ocean floor, it would be taller than Mount Everest.
  • The islands were created as a result of magma flowing through a hot spot in the ocean floor through the tectonic plate.  The theory is that the tectonic plate moves in a northwesterly direction but the hot spot stays right where it is always at.  This is why the islands have some separation between them.....because the magma stopped flowing several times and when it restarted, the tectonic plate had shifted and therefore, the new eruption spot was further away from the old spot.
  • The population for the state of Hawaii as of 2005 is 1,275,194.
  • Hawaii is home to numerous military installations that can be found at Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines: Welcome to Hawaii
  • Tourism is the number one source of our income for our economy in Hawaii.
  • The official languages are English and Hawaiian.
  • There are only 13 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet.  Eight are consonants and the other 5 are vowels.  Since they can be pronounced with different sounds, some may argue that there are 25 vowels rather than 5. 
  • There are never two consonants together.

 

There is so much more to share about our state but I will keep it simple.  We hope that if you have never been here, you will really be in for a treat when you arrive.  I am off now to learn more about my state.  How much do you know about your own state?

MILITARY BASES, POSTS AND FORTS ON OAHU, HAWAII AND POHAKALOA TRAINING AREA BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII

Schofield Barracks: Mililani, Wahiawa, Kapolei, Waipahu, Ewa Beach, Waipahu, Makakilo, Oahu, Hawaii Schofield Barracks and adjoining Wheeler Army Airfield are the 2nd Brigade, 3rd Brigade, Aviation Brigade, 45th Sustainment Brigade and the 8th Military Police Brigade.  In addition, the 8th Theatre Sustainment Command, 65th Engineer Battalion, 25th Special Troops Battalion and the 556 Personell Service Battalion are also part of the Division team and play an integral role in the success of the Division.

There are also two Brigades that are stationed in other locations.  The 1st Brigade is stationed at Ft. Lewis, Washington and the 4th Brigade is stationed at Ft. Richardson, Alaska.

The 25th Infantry Divison has proudly served in numerous wars and conflicts around the globe.  The Soldiers that make up the division are currently deployed to several locations to include Iraq.

Pearl Harbor: Pearl City, Pearlridge, Aiea, Salt Lake, Honolulu, Waipahu, Oahu, Hawaii

Hickam Air Force Base: Pearl City, Pearlridge, Aiea, Salt Lake, Honolulu, Waipahu, Oahu, Hawaii

Marine Corps Base Kaneohe: Kaneohe, Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii

Camp H. M. Smith: Salt Lake, Moanalua, Honolulu, Aiea, Pearl City, Pearlridge, Oahu, Hawaii

Tripler Army Medical Center: Salt Lake, Moanalua, Honolulu, Aiea, Pearl City, Pearlridge, Oahu, Hawaii

Fort Shafter: Salt Lake, Moanalua, Honolulu, Aiea, Pearl City, Pearlridge, Oahu, Hawaii

Wheeler Army Airfield: Mililani, Wahiawa, Kapolei, Ewa Beach, Waipahu, Makakilo, Oahu, Hawaii

Helemano Military Reservation: Wailaua, Wahiawa, Mililani, Haleiwa, Oahu, Hawaii

Kahuku Training Area: Kahuku, Oahu, Hawaii

Kilauea Military Reservation: Hilo, Kona, Hawaii

Pohakuloa Training Area: Hilo, Kona, Hawaii

Makua Military Reservation: Waianae, Nanakuli, Makaha, Oahu, Hawaii

 

 

TEMPORARY LODGING FACILITIES FOR THE ARMY, NAVY, AIR FORCE, MARINE CORPS, COAST GUARD, RESERVISTS, NATIONAL GUARD, DOD CIVILIANS AND RETIREES ON OAHU, HAWAII

The Hale Koa Hotel on Waikiki Beach: Honolulu, H

The Inn at Schofield Barracks: Mililani, Wahiawa, Kapolei, Waipahu, Ewa Beach, Waipahu, Makakilo, Oahu, Hawaii

The Royal Alaka'i at Hickam Air Force Base

The Lodge at Kaneohe Bay and the Cottages at Kaneohe Bay

Navy Lodge Hawaii at Pearl HarborThe Beach Cottages at Kalaeloa (formerly Barbers Point NAS): Mililani, Wahiawa, Kapolei, Waipahu, Ewa Beach, Waipahu, Makakilo, Oahu, Hawaii

Tripler Army Medical Center Guest House

Bellows Air Force Station Beach Cabins

 

GOLF COURSES ON OAHU, HAWAII FOR ARMY, NAVY, AIR FORCE, MARINE CORPS, COAST GUARD, RESERVISTS, NATIONAL GUARD, DOD CIVILIANS AND RETIREES

 

Leilehua Golf Course (Army, Schofield Barracks) Mililani, Wahiawa, Kapolei, Waipahu, Ewa Beach, Waipahu, Makakilo, Oahu, Hawaii

Walter Nagorski Golf Course (Army, Ft. Shafter)

Mamala Bay Golf Course and Kealohi Golf Course (Air Force, Hickam AFB)

Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course (Marine Corps, Kaneohe Bay)

Barbers Point Golf Course (Navy, Barbers Point): Mililani, Wahiawa, Kapolei, Waipahu, Ewa Beach, Waipahu, Makakilo, Oahu, Hawaii

Navy Marine Golf Course (Obvious Right?)

 

COMMISSARIES ON OAHU, HAWAII FOR ARMY, NAVY, AIR FORCE, MARINE CORPS, COAST GUARD, RESERVISTS, NATIONAL GUARD, DOD CIVILIANS AND RETIREES

Schofield Barracks Commissary near Wahiawa, Waipahu and Mililani, Hawaii  Kaneohe Marine Corps Base Commissary near Kaneohe and Kailua, Hawaii             Barbers Point Commissary near Kapolei, Ewa Beach and Makakilo, Hawaii            Pearl Harbor Commissary and Hickam Air Force Base Commissary which are both near the cities of Pearl City, Pearlridge, Aiea and Honolulu.

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Jay McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Exeter, NH
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Dave you really know how to make us all feel sorry for you. NOT!!

We are just a little jealous that's all. We have visited Hawaii 3 times and we really love it. It's just a long plane ride and one should stay a minimum of 3 weeks if they really want to enjoy it all.

Apr 15, 2007 02:45 PM #1
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1SG (Ret.) David Kucic
Hawaii Military Realty, Inc. - Ewa Beach, HI
President and Owner

Ha ha Jay, I could never get anyone to feel sorry for me.  I really hope that if you and Monika ever come back, we can hook up to play some golf.  Three weeks is a good amount of time but maybe even 4 weeks would be better if you want to explore the other islands too.  Aloha sir!  Oh and by the way, it is sunny, breezy and 82 degrees today.

Apr 15, 2007 03:47 PM #2
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Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
I was trying to think of the last time I spent the weekend at the beach with the family.  I can't remember that far back.   I have to set aside some time and do it.
Apr 15, 2007 05:35 PM #3
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1SG (Ret.) David Kucic
Hawaii Military Realty, Inc. - Ewa Beach, HI
President and Owner
Randy-We sometimes take the beach for granted here but when we get time to go out there and just hang out, it helps us to remember how truly lucky we are.  Maybe with your new "figure" you can put on some Speedos and hit the beach!  Aloha!
Apr 15, 2007 05:37 PM #4
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Randy Prothero
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David - Even with my new figure I am still a board shorts kind of guy.  I am married and my wife gets jealous.  LOL
Apr 15, 2007 05:41 PM #5
Rainmaker
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1SG (Ret.) David Kucic
Hawaii Military Realty, Inc. - Ewa Beach, HI
President and Owner
Randy-You are right about that!  When Tonya and I went on our honeymoon to an island in the Mediteranean called Mallorca, she "dared" me to wear some Speedos because that is what the Europeans wore.  The island is part of the the Balearic Islands and was a big tourist destination for Germans and Brits.  I took her up on the dare and felt foolish for the rest of the day while we were at the beach!  I will never do that again.  Aloha!
Apr 15, 2007 05:55 PM #6
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Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
That is too funny.  My wife will never dare me to do anything.  I am dumb enough to take the dares and she knows it.
Apr 15, 2007 05:57 PM #7
Rainmaker
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1SG (Ret.) David Kucic
Hawaii Military Realty, Inc. - Ewa Beach, HI
President and Owner
Randy-I am getting a bad visual.............Aloha den brah!  P.S.  I sent an email to Aric today.  Maybe he will respond tomorrow.
Apr 15, 2007 06:18 PM #8
Rainmaker
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Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
He is traveling back from Las Vegas today. He should respond tomorrow.
Apr 15, 2007 06:50 PM #9
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Debbie Creech
ERA Team IV Homes - Poughkeepsie, NY

David,

Hawaii looks beautiful.  It's nice to hear that someone is proud & loyal to their homeland.  I love your photos of the ocean,beach and lighhouse.  Thanks for sharing.

Apr 15, 2007 10:24 PM #10
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
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You outdid mine about Hawaii that's for sure! Good job!
Apr 16, 2007 05:18 AM #11
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Neal Bloom
Brokered by eXp Realty LLC - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate

I wish I had time to fly and stay there.

It is my next goal to someday be able to travel there.

Apr 24, 2007 10:46 PM #12
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1SG (Ret.) David Kucic
Hawaii Military Realty, Inc. - Ewa Beach, HI
President and Owner

Randy-Thanks for the contact info for Aric.  We had a good conversation via email.  Aloha! 

Debbie-As many times as I drive around the island and look at the ocean, beaches, sky and mountains I never get tired of it.  You should visit sometime!  Aloha! 

Sally-There is no way I can ever out-do your graphics but thanks for the pat on the back anyway....makes me feel special :)  Aloha!

Neal-Make time!  Bring your golf clubs even if you dont golf and come on over.  We would be glad to have you.  Aloha!

 

Apr 25, 2007 07:41 AM #13
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