Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii Naval Station


Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

The 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) Report to the President required the relocation of installation management functions and the establishment of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.  On Oct. 1, 2010, NAVSTA Pearl Harbor joined with Hickam Air Force Base to become Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) combining the two historic bases into a single joint installation to support both Air Force and Navy missions in the Pacific, along with tenant commands, service members and their families.

This overview covers formal Naval Station Pearl Harbor (NAVSTA Pearl).

The former NAVSTA Pearl is one of the Navy's busiest harbors. Its mission is to enable maximum mission readiness of our tenant commands and activities by providing the highest quality installation services, facilities support and quality of life programs. Annually, NAVSTA Pearl completed an average of 65,000 boat runs and transported 2.4 million passengers between Ford Island and other harbor locations. Navy-manned USS Arizona Memorial tour boats transport nearly 2 million visitors to the memorial each year. The Naval Station owns and operates one of the Navy's largest recreation and special services programs, has its own police and security force and is responsible for DoD firefighters on 13 stations island-wide.

Located within the Hawaiian archipelago on the southern, central and western portions of the island of Oahu, NAVSTA Pearl occupies more than 14,000 acres of land on three separate locations: Pearl Harbor Naval Complex, Naval Magazine Lualualei Branch (Lualualei Annex), and Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Pacific (NCTAMS PAC) in Wahiawa, also known as Wahiawa Annex.

As the largest Naval harbor, the primary mission is to provide berthing and shore side support to surface ships and submarines, as well as maintenance and training. Pearl Harbor can accommodate the largest ships in the fleet, and is home to over 160 commands. Pearl Harbor is the only intermediate maintenance facility for submarines in the Middle Pacific, and serves as host to a large number of visiting submariners.

The Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Pacific, (NCTAMS PAC), Wahiawa, Hawaii is the world's largest communication station. The headquarters site of this shore command is located in the central section of the island of Oahu, approximately three miles north of Wahiawa, often referred to as the "Pineapple Capital of the World".

Location/Driving Directions

Pearl Harbor is located 8 miles west of Honolulu, on the Island of O'ahu, one of eight islands that make up the State of Hawai'i. The main gate (commonly known as Nimitz Gate) is approximately 2 miles west of the Honolulu International Airport on Nimitz Highway.

You will be arriving at the Honolulu International Airport. If your sponsor is not meeting you at the airport, there are taxicabs just outside of the airport, car rental agencies in and around the airport complex, or you may choose to go to the USO Lounge located between baggage claim areas E & F. The USO staff will request a duty driver for you, or you may contact the quarterdeck yourself. It is recommended that you have transportation plans prior to arrival, as taxicab fare may be expensive.

Directions from the Airport to PEARL HARBOR:  Take H-1 West, one freeway exit from the Honolulu International Airport, or you can go out of the airport and head west on Nimitz Highway about 2 miles to the Nimitz Gate (the main gate).

Currently (2014), there are no military shuttles between the base and the airport.  Limited transportation service is available from “The Bus” (808) 848-555, the City and County of Honolulu’s Bus Service.  If taking a taxi, request one with base access – not all taxis are authorized on base.  “The Cab” is an authorized taxi service at (808) 422-2222.  Cab fare is approximately $20.00 - $25.00 from the airport.

Directions from the Airport to NAVAL COMPUTER AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AREA MASTER STATION, PACIFIC (NCTAMS): Take H-1 West approximately 7 miles to the H-2 North interchange. Take H-2 to the Wahiawa exit, proceed through the town of Wahiawa, then across the trestle bridge. The next traffic light, take a right onto Whitmore Avenue and continue 4 miles straight ahead to the main gate.

Main Phone Numbers

Officers assigned to the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Louisville (SSN 724) render honors during a change of command ceremony at Naval Station Pearl Harbor. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy; photo by: Chief Mass Communication Specialist Josh Thompson

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Quarterdeck: (COM) - (808) 473-1222

Base Security (Executive Office)  - (808) 474-6186 (Pearl)

Base Security (Physical Security Protection) - (808) 449-1001 (Hickam)

Child Development Center, Naval Station - (808) 473-2669

Child Development Center, Center Drive - (808) 471-1978

Child Development Center, Wahiawa Annex - (808) 653-5305

Child Development Center, Peltier - (808) 471-9336

Child Development Center, Ford Island - (808) 472-0259

Child Development Center, Hickam Main - (808) 449-9880

Child Development Center, Hickam West - (808) 449-5230

Child Development Center, Hickam Harbor - (808) 448-0183

Child Development Homes - (808) 473-4591

Housing, Pearl - Leasing:  (808) 474-1820/21

Housing, Hickam - Leasing:   (808) 423-7788

Lodging, Navy Lodge - (808) 440-2290

Lodging, Hickam - (808) 260-1200

Medical Clinic, Pearl - (808) 473-0247

Medical Clinic, Hickam (808) 448-6000

Military & Family Support Center, Pearl - (808) 474-1999

Military & Family Support Center, Hickam - (808) 449-0300

Morale, Welfare, & Recreation (MWR) (808) 473-0787

Navy and Air Force School Liaison (808) 422-3770/3771

Pass and ID: (808) 471-2131 or (808) 471-3627

Unaccompanied Personnel Housing (TLA/BAH) - (808) 473-1203 Navy CBH

Population/Major Units Assigned

The guided-missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) makes its way to a new pier location at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy; photo by: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico

In 2014, JBPHH was home to more than 65 tenant commands, 10 ships, 18 submarines and 6 fixed-wing aviation squadrons. Total base population was noted as 66,300+ Navy and Air Force active duty personnel, civilians and family members.

Major Navy tenants include Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet - Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet - Commander, Navy Region Hawaii - Commander, Naval Surface Group, Middle Pacific - Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific.

 Other Major Navy tenants include the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility - NAVFAC Hawaii - Navy Information Operations Command - Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Pacific.

 Key Air Force and non-Navy commands include Pacific Air Forces - 15th Wing - 154th Wing (Hawaii Air National Guard) - Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command.

Temporary Lodging

The Ambassador Hotel, TLA approved lodging.

Navy Gateway Inns and Suites (NGIS) facilities are for authorized military travelers, DoD civilians, and contractors on official travel orders to Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickam (JBPHH).

NGIS has a limited number of rooms for families and also some “pet-friendly” rooms.  This should be identified when making reservations.

Pearl Harbor Lodging

1075 North Rd. Bldg. 1323

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 96860

Military travelers on orders, destined to JBPHH, should contact NGIS for reservations as soon as their travel dates are known. Individual travelers may make on-line reservations or should call 1-877-NAVYBED (628-9233). The local reservations office number for group reservations is (808) 448-5888.

Hickam Lodging

Royal Alaka'i, 15 G St. Bldg. 1153

Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam (JBPHH), Hawaii, 96853

Contact NGIS Royal Alaka`i, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam at (808) 448-5400 or DSN (315) 448-5400 for availability and reservations.

There are rooms available that meet requirements of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Individuals needing such should ensure this is noted when making reservations.

Active duty military and their dependents on leave, along with retirees may stay on a space available basis. Reservation requests for Space "A" travelers are being accepted 14 days prior to arrival for a maximum of 7 days, provided space is available. The reservation may be extended for one additional week if subsequent occupancy projections allow.

Also available is recreational lodging at the Barber Point Beach Cottage, located on the west coast of Oahu. Two and three bedroom cottages offer many amenities, and wheelchair accessible units are also available. Call (808) 682-3085 (sorry, they do not accept applications online).


Battleship Cove housing is located on Ford Island with views of the Battleship Missouri Memorial. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

Personnel assigned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam have an opportunity to be housed in the community, in privatized family housing or in unaccompanied housing.

The Housing Service Center offers a variety of services depending on whether you are arriving or departing.

Navy Accompanied Personnel/Married contact:

Housing Service Center

4825 Bougainville Drive, Honolulu, Hawaii 96818-3174

Building 2652, 1st Floor

DSN: (315) 474-1820/1821 COM: (808) 474-1820/1821

Unaccompanied Personnel/Single: (808) 473-5995/1203

All of the family housing units in Hawaii are privatized, and are referred to as Public-Private Venture (PPV) housing. There are two separate PPV projects that provide family housing to incoming Navy and Air Force personnel.

Navy personnel receive highest priority to homes owned and maintained by Forest City Residential Management LLC (FCRM). Air Force personnel receive highest priority to homes owned and maintained by Hickam Communities LLC (HC).  Contact information, floor plans, pet policies, full resident guidelines, and other neighborhood specific information regarding PPV housing may be found at the provided links.

The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Standard Operating Procedures will be implemented and may provide additional considerations for families enrolled in the EFMP program. Special considerations include family members who are wheelchair bound or have limited mobility and require single level housing.

The Army Housing Services Office (HSO) is located in Building 1004, 111 7th Street, Fort Shafter, Hawaii 96858, is the lead proponent to assist all military personnel stationed on the island of Oahu with living downtown.  Both the Housing Service Center (HSC) and Hickam Housing Management Office (HMO) site provide computer access to the rental listings available on the HSO’s website, as well as HSO services.

Housing - Unaccompanied

The Hawaii Regional Unaccompanied Housing (UH) manages and operates all Navy and Air Force Unaccompanied Housing on the island of Oahu and PMRF Barking Sands, Kauai.

There are over 4,400 beds located in 52 facilities, making Hawaii Regional UH (Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and PMRF Hawaii) one of the Navy’s largest lodging operations for unaccompanied and visiting DoD personnel in the Pacific.

Navy Personnel:

Personnel ordered to Navy Region Hawaii who, by choice or circumstance, have decided that their dependents will continue to live in another geographic area are considered in this category.  Currently (2014), Geographical Bachelors (GB) are receiving Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) at the “with dependents” rate. Hoever, GBs are not normally authorized to live in UH, however, we do have a limited number of spaces available for GB’s.

The UH Administration Office is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., M-F.  It is located in Gabrunas Hall, Bldg. 1323, Rm 1,1075 North Road, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 96860.  Contact: (808) 473-1203/5995


There are no schools operated by the Department of Defense in Hawaii. All public schools are under the state-wide Hawaii Department of Education.

The School Liaison Officer (SLO) serves as the primary liaison between Hawaii’s community schools, commanders, and military parents pertaining to K-12 education, and may be contacted at 808-422-3770/3771.

All Hawaii public schools, except multi-track schools and charter schools, are on a single school calendar. The first day of school is usually in late July. The school year includes a one week Fall Recess, three week Winter Recess, and two week Spring Recess. The last day of school is usually in early June.

The DOE assigns children to public schools based on their place of residence. Until you are assigned housing it is not possible to know which school your child will attend. Students who wish to attend a particular school other than their home school may file a "Request for Geographic Exception" at their assigned ("home") school. Approval of the exception is based on space availability and on four priority considerations: student resides with a responsible adult living in the receiving school's area; student wants to attend a program of study not available in the assigned school; student has parents who are staff members of the receiving school; and student has sibling already enrolled.

The DOE administers 255 regular schools, 27 charter schools, and three special schools. Student Enrollment is approximately 182,000. There are also 11 adult community schools.

Pearl Harbor is located in the Central District, as is most of the Navy housing. Exceptions to this are the satellite sites, the Pearl City Peninsula and Naval Computer and Telecommunication Area Master Station Pacific (NCTAMS PAC); both are located in the Leeward District. There are schools within walking distance of most military neighborhoods.

Private schooling is also an option - many private schools are located on the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools website.  Call the School Liaison Office for more information.

Home Schooling is yet another option – parents are required to submit a notice of intent (either a DOE Form 4140 or a letter with the required information) with the local public school principle. Call the School Liaison Office or visit the Hawaii Homeschool Association website for more information

Child Care

Hickam CDC. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

Military-affiliated pre-schools and child development centers are located on federal property on Oahu.  Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) has eight Child Development Centers (CDC):  Center Drive CDC, Ford Island CDC, Hickam Harbor CDC, Hickam Main CDC, Hickam West CDC, Naval Station CDC, Peltier CDC and Wahiawa Annex CDC.  The CDCs offer the following programs:

Full day care (all centers), Monday through Friday for full-time working parents.  Full day programs open at 6:30 a. m. and close at 5:30 p. m.

Hourly Care / Drop in care on a space available basis at $4 per hour. Reservation request can be made 30 days prior by contacting the CDC programs directly. Registration packet and Current Shot record are required.

Respite care funded by Air Force Aid Society, call 808-449-0190 for details.

Give Parents a Break referral for families of deployed members - call 808-449-0190.

Currently, there are waiting lists in the CDC programs.  Parents PCSing to JBPHH are strongly encouraged to place their child's name on the waiting list in advance. Failure to pre-register can slow down the time it takes to secure childcare. To register for the waitlist for full day care go to Military Childcare and setup an account.

All children turning 5 before July 30, 2015 are eligible to attend the new Navy Pre-K Programs in Hawaii.

Note: the State of Hawaii has changed the kindergarten age in school year 2014-2015. Children must turn 5 on or before 30 July 2015 to attend Kindergarten.

The Child Development Homes program provides high quality childcare through a network of certified home providers living in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam housing. Home providers offer care for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years and developmentally appropriate activities in a home atmosphere. Hours are flexible to meet parents' needs. Programs include full time, part time, drop-in, evening, overnight and weekend care.

The School Age Program provides care for school-age children before and after school as well as non-federal holidays and school days off. In addition, they provide fall, winter, spring and summer camps as well as drop-in care on a space-available basis. The two facilities - Catlin School-Age Care & Hickam School-Age Program – provide age appropriate activities and experiences for children ages 5 – 12.  Activities include field trips, homework assistance, arts and crafts, science, cooking, music, cultural, community experiences and learning opportunities in safe environments under the supervision of trained program assistants.

Before and after school care, fall/winter/spring breaks and summer camp are available. Fees are based on family income. Please call for information 808-448-4396.

The Pre-Teen Center (for children ages 10-12) is located at Bldg 1335B, and provides pre-teen children with lesson plans, clubs, fieldtrips, and special visitors that are geared toward this specific age group.

The Youth Programs at Pearl Harbor are affiliated with the national Boys & Girls Clubs of America and 4-H Clubs.  These programs will help your child develop lifelong skills in good sportsmanship and friendships.

Medical Care

Makalapa Clinic (Pearl Harbor). Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

Makalapa Branch Medical Clinic is utilized for routine care for active duty and family members at Pearl Harbor. If you or your family member need specialized care, your primary care physician will refer you to Tripler Army Medical Center for further evaluation/services.

Tripler Army Medical Center is the largest military medical treatment facility in the Pacific. Tripler routinely provides outpatient and inpatient care to 46,400 active duty beneficiaries of all the military services; 65,600 family members of active duty personnel; 12,500 retirees; 20,600 family members of retirees and 120,000 beneficiaries of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Tripler's service region includes Hawaii, Johnston Atoll, Guam, Eniwetok, Kwajalein, various Pacific Island governments and American Samoa. More than 800,000 individuals are eligible for care. Tripler is the only military treatment facility on Oahu that has an emergency room.

The services provided by Navy Dental Clinic is primarily for active duty. Family members may be seen on emergency bases; however, routine dental care will be in the local community. A list of dentists who accept the TRICARE dental plan in the local community can be obtained at the clinic or through TRICARE. Contact the Health Benefits Advisor at the Makalapa Medical Clinic at (808) 473 -1880 x2282