We're going to Hawaii!!
So it's official now!! Thanks to the Army, we were lucky enough to get Hawaii as our very first duty station. How'd we get so lucky?? I really don't know... Hawaii wasn't even on our dream sheet! We chose much more practical bases... but we're ending up in Paradise!
Schofield Barracks, on the island of Oahu... There are two Army bases on the island, and Schofield Barracks would be my choice of the two (the other being Fort Shafter). I am glad we're going to Schofield because it's farther away from the touristy hustle of Honolulu, and it's a little higher in altitude, which I hear brings cooler temperatures. Not that the temps in Hawaii are bad ANYwhere, after you've lived on the coast in South Carolina!!
Here's a quick shot of Oahu:
In the time that we received online orders via ASK, I've discovered that I actually knew nothing about Hawaii. I didn't even realize I knew nothing, either! For starters:
Hawaii is 2390 miles from California; 3850 miles from Japan; 4900 miles from China; and 5280 miles from the Philippines! It is one of the most remote spots on Earth, and it IS the most remote HABITED set of islands in the world. Oahu is 44 miles wide and 30 miles high. The monthly average temperatures range from a high of 87.1 degrees to a low of 65.3 degrees. It's located in Polynesia, near the center of the Pacific Ocean, just below the Tropic of Cancer.
Oahu is home to Pearl Harbor, Waikiki Beach, Waimea Bay, Honolulu, the North Shore and the Sea Life Adventure Park (where you can swim with dolphins, etc).
Chris goes on July 10, 2005 and the kids and I will follow roughly 2 months later. It depends on how long it takes the Army, and his command, to sponsor our move. I should arrive in Paradise sometime in September 2005, hopefully!