Honolulu, HI 96817, USA


Digital Relocation/Welcome Guide


Mission Statement

Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay is located on Oahu’s Mokapa Peninsula. The base’s position in the Pacific makes it an ideal location for strategic deployment to the Western Pacific.

Planning Your Move

Aloha! E Komo Mai — you are welcome here! May your tour of duty here be a rewarding, enjoyable experience! The key to a successful move to Hawaii is obtaining the correct information beforehand. Reading this publication and taking the time to familiarize yourself with all the services and facilities available to you will better prepare you for your move to Hawaii.

Upon Your Arrival

Your sponsor should meet you at the airport with arrangements for your transportation and lodging. Once on island, Marines can check in at the USO (United Service Organization) Hawaii liaison desk at the airport. They can call your gaining duty station for transportation and provide a variety of assistance.


Members are eligible for quarters aboard MCB Hawaii if they are on active duty and assigned to duty at MCB Hawaii with accompanying, command-sponsored dependents. Marines assigned to other duty station on Oahu that are supported by family housing at that location will not be eligible for housing at MCB Hawaii unless housing is not available at the location that supports their duty station.

Medical Services

Medical care at NHCH begins with the Welcoming Center, where active-duty members, family members and retired Prime beneficiaries begin a one-stop check-in process to enroll to NHCH for care. Trained staff assists with TRICARE enrollment, medical record updating, primary care manager (PCM) assignment and initial appointments for any needed medical care. Active-duty members also complete the Periodic Health Assessment, part of the Individual Medical Readiness process. TRICARE representatives and Health Benefits Advisors are available to answer TRICARE and enrollment questions. During the check-in process, information about several resources, including TRICARE Online ( allows you to make medical appointments), Exceptional Family Member Program and Advance Directives, will be provided.

Dental Services

Makalapa Clinic Dental Department, Makalapa is at the far end of Makalapa Clinic, in Building 1407, and provides full-service dental care except for specialty level orthodontics.

Family Services

Relocation Services provide a support system for Marines, Sailors and their families when arriving and departing the current duty station.

Retail and Shopping

The Marine Corps Exchange is a full-line retail store offering the latest in men’s and women’s fashions, children’s wear, Hawaiian gifts and food products, house wares, home electronics, shoes, sporting goods and much more. Conveniently located next to Mokapu Mall and the commissary, the MCX stands out as one of the most prominent features of the base. Brands and merchandise for all budgets are elegantly displayed, with seasonal exhibits bidding welcome to incoming patrons. Shoppers may smell the rich aromas of fine cuisine from a cooking demonstration or find themselves engrossed in the sights and sounds of the electronics displays.

Convenience Stores

The Flight Line Marine Mart, at the corner of First and B streets, offers grab-and-go products, hot meal items, sushi, pastries, desserts, freshly brewed coffee, sundries and groceries — something for everyone.

Services at Kaneohe Bay

Mokapu Mall, Building 6477
Telephone 808-254-2909
Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday and holidays.

Services at Camp H.M. Smith and Manana

Building 4, Second Floor
Telephone 808-486-8015
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; closed Saturday, Sunday and holidays.


Hawaii is a recreational paradise. With beautiful year-round climate, warm ocean waters, sandy beaches, mountains, forests, parks and other facilities, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Because recreational opportunities in Hawaii are many, it is impossible to list them all here. A wide range of outdoor recreation opportunities are available through your Marine Corps Community Services departments, from renting beach and sports equipment, golf, sailing, racket sports, volleyball, scuba diving and much, much more. As a head start to your Hawaiian experience, some of the many facilities are listed here that are available for military personnel and their families to enjoy.

Brief History

Currently, MCB Hawaii is comprised of the base in Kaneohe Bay on Mokapu Peninsula, Camp H.M. Smith in Halawa Heights, Manana Family Housing, the Pearl City Warehouse Annex, Puuloa Range Training Facility near Ewa Beach and Marine Corps Training Area Bellows beside Waimanalo. The two major installations are at Kaneohe Bay and Camp H.M. Smith. MCB Hawaii is headquartered at Kaneohe Bay on windward Oahu.


What I've Learned: Tiana Sayles

Story by LCpl Dave Flores on 10/12/2016
My mother was married to a soldier and so I moved quite often to places like Germany, Illinois and Hawaii; but Wichita Falls, Tex., will always be home for me.
Growing up as the middle sister out of three, I always wanted to be like my older sister. That meant getting in trouble to show how tough I was. Looking back on it now, the Marine Corps definitely put the discipline in my life that I needed.
Now that I'm in the Corps, I try to be the example for my younger siblings in my family. I hope that it inspires at least one of them to join the Marines.
I played basketball throughout junior high and the beginning of high school. I lost interest in the sport but love the comraderie that it had. The Marine Corps gave me that team mentally, to help out the brothers and sisters to my left and right before myself.
I joined Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps in my junior year of high school. That's when I realized that being a trouble maker was not going to get me anywhere.
I was going to enlist in the Army, but I decided to join the Marine Corps to give myself that extra push. It was the best decision I have ever made.
Whenever I do decide to get out, I plan on going back to Texas for my law degree. There is something about helping people that pushes me every day.
Once I get out of the Marine Corps I plan on taking time to travel around the world and see the many different cultures.
I'm an assistant coach for a youth soccer team on base. I chose to coach soccer because it keeps me really active and I enjoy the sport.
When I'm not busy and I'm not at work, I like to hang out with friends. I'm currently getting my driver's license, so I spend as much time as I can driving on weekends.
The quote that I live by is, "Every morning you have two choices, continue to sleep with your dreams or get up and chase them." I will always choose to chase them.

Pellon's Music Path

Story by Sgt Taylor Morton on 10/11/2016
This vital moment occurred to Staff Sgt. Mark Pellon, the Music Technical Assistant, 12th Marine Corps District, when he was in middle school. His first exposure to music was early on in his childhood from his biological father, Roberto Lugo, who is a successful and well-known vocalist in Puerto Rico. Pellon said his father planted the musical seed into his life.
While growing up in Miami, Pellon wasn't a fan of school; he looked for classes with a chance at an easy grade. He fatefully chose band class in hopes of bolstering his report card. When his time came to declare his choice in instrument, his inspiration came from a cartoon.
"I realized I had just watched The Simpson's the night before and I saw Lisa playing the saxophone in the intro and I thought, That sounds cool,'" Pellon said. "My teacher said, Great, because we need one.'" He knew from the first practice that the saxophone would be something in which he would be greatly invested.
His step-father, Robert Buigubs, bought the young musician a CD and a book from Dave Koz, a smooth jazz saxophone instrumentalist, and it became Pellon's first big influence. Buigubs was the primary father figure for Pellon and played a major supportive role in his life.
"My step-father was always at my concerts and he was so proud of his son," said Pellon. "He would even brag about me to his friends even when I was just starting to play."
Pellon went on to become so talented at his craft he was designated the "First-Chair," or lead saxophonist for his high school band.
He knew after high school graduation that his next step should be to attend college. Although he had music and sports scholarships, he wasn't certain that he wanted to devote four or more years and potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars to something such as music school, and commit to a craft he may not be able to pursue his entire life.
Just a few months before his graduation, the saxophone section of the Marine band for Albany, Georgia, came to his high school to perform a concert for the students.
"The moment they walked into the room in uniform holding saxophones everyone immediately looked at me like I wasn't a bad-ass anymore," said Pellon. "I wanted to find out more about it, and I wanted to know what options I had."
Pellon took a few days to mull over his options for his future, and he decided to reach out to his local recruiter and express interest in the Marine Corps Band. He went into the recruiting sub-station looking for a job and left with a hunger for a new lifestyle.
"I told the recruiter I was interested in the Marine Band and he replied with That's great, I'm glad you're interested, but we need to talk about why you want to be a Marine first,'" said Pellon.
One week later Pellon decided to audition for the Marine Music Program and was immediately accepted. He then began his journey to not only becoming an actively performing musician, but also to becoming a United States Marine.
Pellon feels like there is much more to what he does than just playing music. He said there's a service to his country he holds dearly, and a passion to spread patriotism to others.
The Marine Music Program has offered Pellon many opportunities to tour and perform in front of crowds as large as 100,000 people in places all over the world such as Hawaii, Manila, Philippines, and Sydney, Australia, to name a few.
"Playing in so many venues has been the most significant aspect of my career," said Pellon.
He will be traveling to Puerto Rico to perform at the Marine Forces Reserve Centennial Celebration this October. This could be the first chance for his biological father to watch his son perform since Pellon was 15 years old.
The Marine Corps has offered Pellon a secure paycheck, a guarantee of consistent performances, health benefits, money for college, along with all the instruments and equipment he needs for performances.
The devoted father of two has worked diligently throughout his career, and his hard work has paid off. He has been selected to become a warrant officer and upon commissioning he will be given the responsibility of taking over and leading one of the 10 Marine Corps Bands stationed throughout the world.
The Marine Corps Music Program can offer a young man or woman with exceptional musical talent not only the opportunity to play music full-time for full-time pay in places around the world, but also a chance to earn the title of United States Marine.
Pellon wants future musicians of this country to understand what a great opportunity military music can provide them. He gives three main points of advice to anyone interested in auditioning to become a musician for the Marine Corps.
"Musicians shouldn't ignore the opportunity due to fear or lack of knowledge. Also, they shouldn't ignore it because of lofty dreams that aren't based on truth. Only about 1% of career musicians make it into a top-performing ensemble and that is a fact," said Pellon. "Lastly, have a positive attitude and continue to work hard at what you do."

If you are an instrumentalist who is interested in becoming a United States Marine and a full-time musician, contact your local recruiter or music technical assistant, or go to for more information for qualifications and auditions.

Golden Swordsmen Hold Change of Command

Story by PO2 Joshua Walters on 10/05/2016

Cmdr. Erik L. Cyre was relieved by Cmdr. Ryan C. Cech. Cech became the 72nd commanding officer of VP-47.

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