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Marine Corps Base Kaneohe housing office is the main office for both Kaneohe and Camp Smith. Camp Smith members can register in Kaneohe for housing but remember Camp Smith is located in Halawa Heights in Aiea. You can also call Navy housing which has more locations near Camp Smith.
Manana housing for Camp Smith folks are located over in Aiea, Pearlridge near Newtown.
Note: Camp Smith housing is only for 06 (SO) and E9 (SE). The wait list can be 12-18 months. http://www.ohanamarinecorpscommunities.com/relocation-guide/documents-and-forms
OHANA MARINE CORPS COMMUNITES AT CAMP SMITH and KANEOHE MCBH.
KANEOHE HOUSING WAIT LIST SEP 2017 click on "Current housing wait list" at the bottom to give you an idea of how long the wait is. http://www.ohanamarinecorpscommunities.com/relocation-guide/documents-and-forms
"All Military Personnel inbound MCB Hawaii are required to register at the Family Housing Office prior to entering into an off-base lease agreement or to purchase a home." Based on your rank you can email your counselor to get on the wait list. You must provide them with a copy of your web orders, 1746 Housing application, sex offenders form, and privacy act form.
You may also be able to register at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam (JBPHH) Navy family housing in Pearl Harbor about 10 min from Camp Smith. https://www.hawaiimilitarylife.org/jbphhhousing
Phone: Defense Switch Network (DSN Prefix 315) 457-2676 or COMM (808) 257-2676
Toll Free: 1-866-224-7942
Fax: DSN 457-1259 or COMM (808) 257-1259
Mail: Family Housing Department, Box 63003, MCBH Kaneohe Bay, HI 96863-3003
You can find the forms here:
The housing office said "You must take on base housing if available said there are plenty units available right now."
Camp Smith offers:
Camp smith fitness center is "state of the art" since it was rebuilt in 2017.
Here is the PACOM newcomers intro link and phone numbers. If your sponsor has not reached out to you then try to contact your service POC.
Camp Smith Newcomers info: http://www.pacom.mil/Newcomers/
If you work on Camp Smith there's no commissary. Your nearest commissary is the Pearl Harbor Naval commissary about 15 min away in PH (next to Airport). Or Hickam AFB next to HNL.
If you live in Mililani, Waikele, Ewa, Makakilo, and Kapolei your nearest commissary is Schofield.
If you live in Windward side your nearest commissary is Kaneohe MCB.
You will probably want to know where all the commissaries are on Oahu because you'll find food is outrageously expensive here. I drive 11 miles to PH just to go to the commissary and we save about 30% on the bill. 👍