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    Can someone that lived on one come back after years and years just to *trip* down memory lane? I want to see Schofield again soooooo bad!!!
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    "Can someone that lived on one come back after years and years just to *trip* down memory lane? I want to see Schofield again soooooo bad!!!"

    Hi there! I shop Schofield Commissary every Saturday, and it is a new commissary since you were here, I am guessing, for it isn't even eight yrs. old yet, if I have my numbers right. I don't know the policy for letting visitors on base, if they aren't going to see someone by name, or of course if you have an ID card, C'MON BACK!

    Schofield is just about being rebuilt, with so many new buildings, and older ones being refurbished inside and out. It is really looking great. Officer housing isn't changed, but is upkept looking really nice. I hope you get the visit back here, that you long for.

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    OMG!!! I lived at 1867 B Ekaha Circle, is it still there? True, I probably wouldnt recognize anything. No cards or much of anything as proof i was there. Getting to know someone that could let me on as a visitor is likely my only hope.
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    OMG!!! I lived at 1867 B Ekaha Circle, is it still there? True, I probably wouldnt recognize anything. No cards or much of anything as proof i was there. Getting to know someone that could let me on as a visitor is likely my only hope."

    Hi there! I can't guarantee you that I can drive the whole base Saturday, looking for that address, but I sure can write the addy down, and look for it sometime, and honestly, I will try. HEY!! I could take the digital camera with me and snap a photo for you. Now if someone asks me what the heck I am doing, back me up, will ya? LOL...I need a base map, cuz I don't recognize that street name. Was it near the old commissary, or on-back, towards what I would call the back of the base?

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    Aw man, I have no clue! All know is I could *tour* the base on my trusty little ten speed. There were sidewalks running behind the housing and maybe a mile or less away, there was this deeeeeep gully. I remember going to the PX, the library, this huge pool somewhere but other street names, no idea. I did however put in that address in a reverse look up and found that as of 01, there was still an 1867 because *A* came up. It was a circle/cul de sac. Do you live on base? I did so much babysitting for the military families who of course were away from theirs and therefore didnt have granny or aunty to sit for them but other than our address and the music i liked, my memory is clouded my memories of my first *love*, a soldier whose family lived next door, lol. I'm pitiful.
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    P.S. I think i would have to say it was toward the back of the base maybe cuz we werent real far away from this road that led out to Kole Kole Pass.
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    Here's a Yahoo Map to that street address.

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    LOL HI again, no, you aren't pitiful, as the memories are cool, and you were obviously very young then. I just read that it was near '81 that you lived here. No, I don't live on base. I live central Oahu, and the drive to base is easy, and of course saves SO much money doing all the shopping I can there. Prices here are absurd! If you don't get milk at walmart, you can pay EIGHT dollars for a gallon of milk.

    I will post again if I find the street. You mention a gully, and I do recall the road going into base housing area going lower, and having something like that, sure. Will let you know if I have any luck. I am not the shy type, and if I find the address you lived at, I can knock on the door, tell them what I am doing, and if they mind if I snap a photo. Most people will understand, especially also being military.

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    So you are military? I'm confused, I guess I thought you would have to live in housing if you were but it seems like i might recall some people not doing so for thinking the provided housing was *so terrible* and they did have units were in bad need of re doing but ours was nice. If you are in the middle of the circle on Ekaha in order to get most of the building itself, I doubt anyone would ask ?'s Dont go out of your way!!!
    Dang, I appreciate this sooooo much!!!!
    If I thought Hawaii had any living expenses programs, I'd pack the kids and I up and come back but for now, it'll have to be coming for the memories, if even that.
    Do you mind if i ask your age? Yes, I was 12, 13, and 14 then. If the phone directory covers the whole island, look up LUSK and give me the numbers if you would????
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    Hi again,

    I am a 47yr. old housewife, & mother of a 17yr. old & a 20yr. old, as of this & next month. (their birthdays) My hubby & I married in '80, when he was just out of school in the Navy, & he retired Navy in late '93. (he had done 7yrs. in the Marines, for the total of at least 20yrs. needed to retire military.) He is a govt. contractor & we've lived in Hawaii since shortly after his retirement, so I have, of course, retired benefits, unlimited.

    No, no one has to live on base. We never did, even when he was low rank, but chose to live off base, passing up that free water and electric, darnit. There are tons of military that live off-base, here. It is true some base housing is awful. When we first married, it was so small in Northern CA. that our corner sofa group would not FIT in the livingroom of tiny base housing. Here, they are building lots of new housing on just about all areas of the bases, and much of it is still pretty fine looking, on Schofield, with tons of new high-rise barracks for the singles, or couples.

    Since you have kids, you are wise to just cherish the memories and not head back here unless you are worth a lot of money, or know you can make a lot, while here. A salary of 100K a yr. here, is nothing to brag about, with rent, houses to buy, electricity and all things costing sooo much. we have military shopping which is HALF what groceries are off-base, I kid you not, and I still am amazed at what it costs in total, to live here. remember, they tax you to death here! They have the nerve to tax groceries off-base, and even MEDICAL care, plus ten-percent state income tax! I am native Texan, where there is NO state income tax, and they do NOT tax food, or medical, makes a huge difference.

    I won't go out of my way, as you say, only cuz I am a busy mom and wife, well you know life these days, we're all rushed to keep up, but it would be nice if I could find the street.

    OH! the name "Lusk" doesn't come up, in the "Leeward/Central" Oahu white pages. I can check the huge island-wide white pages when I get the new one. I may have thrown the old one away already.

    Hope this helps you some.
    Last edited by Karen; August 18th, 2004 at 12:30 PM.

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    10% state income tax??? Highest bracket is 9% and that is for those making over $40,000/yr. Most military folks should be able to get under that with deductions and all. Hawaii excise tax is 4%! A bargain compared to California's 7.75 sales tax! Can't compare either to Texas, but Hawaii does not tax military retirement. Plus Hawaii's property taxes are below the national average, and half what they are in California. If you can restrict your shopping to the Exchanges and Commissarys, you can do fine in Hawaii.

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    Just my 2 cents

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    Just for the heck of knowing, do they even have government housing help or foodstamps?
    Anywho, its only a dream as i know how unrealistic it would be for me to move the boys there with me especially. But coming there for a week or so IS going to happen!!
    Thanks so much Karen for you help, you are a godsend!! My email is thankmel8r@hotmail.com but even tho this board is on the real quiet side, i will still be checking in a bit.
    HUGS!!!
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    Hi there!

    I have lived here more than ten yrs, and yes, our CPA did say ten percent once, but how many years ago was that? not sure..but even if nine percent, DANG that's still pretty bad, and the nerve, to tax FOOD and medical! I don't think CA. taxes those, and we did live there 13yrs., before moving here.

    Right, they don't tax our military retirement, and that is a little blessing, but all said and done, it costs WAY too much to live here, unless one has family here, and then, home is where the heart is! Those that can't buy a house here are eaten up in taxes, as I know cuz we have only owned a home a tad more than two years, of our more than ten years here. This last tax season, we actually got money back for the first time, living here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbrinkma
    Just my 2 cents
    I appreciated your "two cents." Nice to meet ya, and please reply to my posts anytime, as this is what makes this place fun, and I learn a lot. thanks~

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    Hi memorylane,

    Yes, there is plenty of welfare here, as there is a lot of need for it, with the high prices. Just now there is more affordable/govt. subsidized housing being built. One of the saddest things about this place is that native Hawaiians, and locals are moving in droves, to las Vegas, especially. Seems every May I meet or know grads that are going to UNLV soon after graduation, but even though you know they leave their hearts here, often they stay there, marrying, buying homes and putting down roots. I even know some parents that are thinking about following their two oldest kids, and moving there to stay, though they are many-generational Hawaiians. People being priced out of their homeland, that is so sad.





    Quote Originally Posted by memorylane
    Just for the heck of knowing, do they even have government housing help or foodstamps?
    Anywho, its only a dream as i know how unrealistic it would be for me to move the boys there with me especially. But coming there for a week or so IS going to happen!!
    Thanks so much Karen for you help, you are a godsend!! My email is thankmel8r@hotmail.com but even tho this board is on the real quiet side, i will still be checking in a bit.
    HUGS!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karen
    Hi memorylane,

    Yes, there is plenty of welfare here, as there is a lot of need for it, with the high prices. Just now there is more affordable/govt. subsidized housing being built. One of the saddest things about this place is that native Hawaiians, and locals are moving in droves, to las Vegas, especially. Seems every May I meet or know grads that are going to UNLV soon after graduation, but even though you know they leave their hearts here, often they stay there, marrying, buying homes and putting down roots. I even know some parents that are thinking about following their two oldest kids, and moving there to stay, though they are many-generational Hawaiians. People being priced out of their homeland, that is so sad.
    That is sad , seeing how Hawaiians love and protect whats theirs. We would get so aggravated at all the military people that would be on a *tour* there and gripe and moan about being *stuck on this rock*......they couldnt just take off to see family and well, you know where you end up after driving only a few minutes in any direction. I will NEVER forget the beauty! I just came from my moms to try to find some pix of us but they were close ups of us in the backyard of 1867 so it wouldnt have helped you spot the place. My mom did say however that Ekaha was toward the back of the base.
    And its off of Menoher.
    Does it still rain there for a few minutes everyday? Thats where I saw my first DOUBLE rainbow. Wow.......*dreamy state*
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    karen
    We are planning on making the move to Oahu next year. I can see how not being able to itemize an interest deduction could really hurt. But all the "good" places to live have hefty income taxes. I grew up in Illinois, and have never paid state tax while in the military, but I sure as heck don't want to retire in Illinois??
    I suppose too that everyone's perception of Hawaii's affordablility (or lack thereof) is a function of their standard of living. When we were stationed in Hawaii, we went out to eat once a week with 3 kids. We could never afford to go to a sit-down restaurant, so we packed a cooler with drinks and every Saturday we walked through Waikiki to the International Marketplace food court. Never spent more than $25 dollars! I'm making more now, but my earning power upon retirement is yet to be determined. I sure hope I don't need 100k/yr. I'll never be able to make that.

    On a different note, would you ever consider living in Waianae?

    mark

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    Hi Mark,

    I haven't checked out waianae, but since we bought a house two years ago, it isn't an issue. I hope you are keeping up with real estate prices here. Www.hicentral.com is an excellent place to, it being the official website for the real estate board here. These prices are exhorbitant now, and making 100K a yr. here affords a nice, average middle class lifestyle. I certainly don't have a champagne taste on a beer budget or anything, and can say no to myself. We will move if and when hubby's job will or can transfer us.

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    Hi there,

    it actually can go a few days without any rain, depending on the part of the island, but Central Oahu, the general area of Schofield does seem to get at least the really light showers more than half the nights of any week, than not, just enough to make things a little muddy, and help a person track stuff into the house. (g)
    I do know that in the more than ten years I have lived here, I have seen more rainbows than I had in my entire life everywhere else I have lived.






    Quote Originally Posted by memorylane
    That is sad , seeing how Hawaiians love and protect whats theirs. We would get so aggravated at all the military people that would be on a *tour* there and gripe and moan about being *stuck on this rock*......they couldnt just take off to see family and well, you know where you end up after driving only a few minutes in any direction. I will NEVER forget the beauty! I just came from my moms to try to find some pix of us but they were close ups of us in the backyard of 1867 so it wouldnt have helped you spot the place. My mom did say however that Ekaha was toward the back of the base.
    And its off of Menoher.
    Does it still rain there for a few minutes everyday? Thats where I saw my first DOUBLE rainbow. Wow.......*dreamy state*

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    Karen,
    Yes, I've been watching the prices in Hawaii increase for the last year, but I've also been tracking San Diego's market. Simply put, we've made 200K on an 800 sq ft home in 2 years! We like it here, but the problem is that the only way to get at that equity is to sell. I've noticed that there is quite a disparity in price between homes in say, Aiea and homes in Waianae. And somewhere in the middle, both geographically and in price is Wahaiwa and Ewa Beach. I'm thinking of either buying a small place in Waianae for cash and working my way up, or going a bit up-market with a small mortgage on the Ewa Plain. Either way, it will be a significant reduction in my current suffocating mortgage. Thanks for the link....I'm going to check it out now!

    PS I'm Navy too. Mark

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    The mud.......oh yeah, how fun except that we had concrete/lineoleum flooring. My mom actually wrote to Tide I think it was and guess what? They couldnt offer any suggestions but did send free coupons, lol.
    I just went to that hicentral site.......wow, those are monthly rent prices? Lordie!!
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    Karen disappeared on me..........
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    Default Anyone able to go on Schofield???

    I was conversing with Karen who said she would try to get some pix of where I used to live there on SB but she has vanished. Would anyone else be able to?
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    I'd help if I could, but although I now live a bit closer (Mililani), I can't get on base.

    For anyone else, the address is 1867-B Ekaha Circle, and here's a Yahoo! Map (thanks, Link!) to the location.

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