Q:How do I get on the housing wait list and what will I need to
complete the process?
housing applicants must contact the Marine Corps Family Housing
Office (MCFHO) at (808) 257-2676 to be placed on the wait
list. Below is more information about what is required.
Marines - You will need:
of your web orders
Sex Offender form (NSO)
1746 (housing application)
Navy - You will need:
of your orders packet
Sex Offender form (NSO)
1746 (housing application)
DD form 1746 can be downloaded from the Marine Corps Family Housing Office
website. You may submit your housing application and
required forms to the MCFHO via email or by fax at (808) 257-2676
or visit our “Apply Now” page to see the link to the MCFHO to view
their contact information.
**Important: Forest City will not receive your
information until you’ve arrived on island and have been briefed by
Q:What are the benefits of submitting an advance application?
Especially, if Forest City will not receive my referral until I
arrive on island and get briefed?
purpose of the advance application is so that the Marine Family
Housing Office knows when you’re expected to arrive. Also, it
gives the MCFHO advance notice if there are any medical issues that
will need to be addressed.
Q:How long will it take for me to get into housing?
estimated wait times are subject to change at any time. Please
contact Forest City directly to find out the current wait times for
your pay grade and bedroom requirement or scroll down this page to
view our current estimates.
**Important: The wait time will not begin until you’ve
arrived on island and been briefed by the MCFHO.
Q:Do families with children have priority over families
they do not. Your control date is what will determine your
position on the list.
Q:How long should I plan to stay in a hotel/lodge?
Unfortunately, we cannot predict that. The wait times vary and
are subject to change. Please follow this link to a list of TLA (temporary
lodging allowance) government approved hotels and lodges. If
you have further questions about TLA, please contact the MCFHO at
Q: What if I get a lease in town but wish to remain on the
waiting list for housing? A: You will need to provide us with a copy of
your lease agreement. The service member will be responsible
for keeping Forest City updated with current contact
information and the date when he/she would able to accept a housing
offer. In the event a service member has a lease and does not want
to be considered for housing on base during the duration of the
lease, he/she will not be contacted unless housing is available one
month prior to the lease expiration date. Service members are
responsible for providing Forest City with any and all changes, in
writing, to their original lease agreement. Accordingly, personnel
with lease agreements will be by passed without penalty and still
may work their way up to the top of their respective waiting
Lease agreements will only be honored for one year for housing
waiting list purposes. Service members must provide a copy of the
updated lease agreement and waiting list statement as notification
to Forest City that they desire to remain on the waiting list for
housing. Failure to provide Forest City with current lease(s) and
waiting list statement will result in your name being deleted from
the waiting list.
Estimated Wait Times for
Q:How long should I expect to wait for
A: Wait times vary but we have a chart below listing
our current average wait times which should give you a general idea
what to expect.
Q:Do I need to bring my own washer and dryer?
all Forest City homes for Marine Corps housing (K-Bay, Manana
(USMC), and Camp Smith) come with a washer and dryer already
installed. Forest City will NOT remove any appliances from the
home, even if you have brought your own.
Q:How big and what type of home will I get?
size (number of bedrooms) of the home you’re eligible for is based
on family size, not by rank. This eligibility is determined by
the MCFHO. The type of home you’re eligible for will depend on
which neighborhood you will be assigned to.
Q:What kind of square footage can I expect?
square footage of homes on MCB Hawaii varies. We have
2-bedroom homes that are 915 square feet and 3-bedroom homes that
start at 1200 square feet. The 4-bedroom homes start at 1347
square feet. Depending on the neighborhood you’re assigned,
the square footage may increase.
Q:Do the homes have carpet?
Some of the homes have carpet in certain areas, but this varies
depending on the neighborhood.
Q:What is the rent and is the base charging for utilities
rent is equal to the BAH with dependent rate. Forest city is
responsible for the following utilities: water, sewer and trash
removal services. The resident is responsible for cable,
phone, internet and any overage charges incurred with respect to
the Resident Energy Conservation Program (RECP).
Q:What is RECP?
RECP (Residential Energy Conservation Program) goes hand in hand
with the Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of the Navy’s
(DON) energy conservation initiatives to reduce our dependence on
foreign oil, other fossil fuels, and the overuse of electricity.
This policy was set forth in September 1998 by the Office of
the Secretary of Defense (OSD) to raise awareness and to encourage
residents living in PPV housing to minimize their energy
consumption to avoid a utility payment. Commander, Navy
Installations Command (CNIC) annouced that RECP would be rolled out
to all of the Department of Navy (DON) Public Private Venture
housing. The rollout mandated that all RECPs use a 10% buffer above
and below the average monthly electricity usage. Under this
program, residents only pay for the portion of the electricity bill
that falls 10% above the average usage for their like-type group.
Residents with usage under the 10% buffer receive a credit or
Q:Our household goods will arrive after we do. Is there
furniture we can use?
Forest City does have a Furnishings Department. You may use
our loaner furniture for up to 60 days. If the furniture is
being misused in any way, our furnishings coordinator reserves the
right to remove the items at any time before your 60 days has
ended. Also, if the furniture looks like it has been tampered
with, you as the resident may be charged for damages.
Q:Is there somewhere I can borrow things like dishes or a coffee
base does have a Lending Locker that can loan items like this
out. However, their availability of items is subject to change
and they work by appointment only.
Q:How can I find out information about the public schools in the
follow this link to a listing of the public schools for Kaneohe
Marine Corps Base, Manana and Camp Smith. The Hawaii public
school year starts the beginning of August.
Q:Are pets allowed within housing?
base is pet friendly. Please see the following link for the
base regulations for having a pet. Forest City’s pet policy is
that you may have no more than 2 mammals per household. In
addition, MCBH does not allow the following breeds: Pit
Bulls, American Pit Bull Terriers, Bull Terriers, Staffordshire
Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire
Terriers, Rottweilers and wolf breeds. MCBH also does not
allow any crosses/mixes of the above listed breeds or any dogs with
characteristics of the above.
living on MCBH must have a license from the City and County of
Honolulu. Both cats and dogs living on the Base must be
registered with the Base Game Warden. Pets living in Forest
City housing will need to be registered with Forest City.
Please go to the link for detailed information about the base
Q:What is the policy for quarantining my pet?
Hawaii is free from rabies. To keep rabies out, Hawaii has
strict laws regarding the importation of animals. Please see
the Hawaii government’s website for more information on
these policies. Non-domesticated cats and dogs (e.g. dingoes,
wolf and wolf mixes) are prohibited.
Q:Are there any amenities aboard Kaneohe Marine
Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH)?
A: Yes there are. The Base has Tiki Island Fun
Park (with mini-golf), K-Bay Lanes Bowling Alley, the Marine
Exchange, Commissary, Mokapu Mall (with a food court), Officers
Club, Semper Fit gym, and Klipper Golf Course. The MCCS
Marina rents recreational equipment (like bounce houses and
boats), beach cabanas, and camping sites. The Base also includes
four beaches, a swimming pool, skate park and, for boat owners, the
Marina includes dry storage, slips and moorings.
Residents of Forest City housing also have the use of two dog
parks, a splash park, and two community centers on K-Bay and a
third community center in Manana (Pearl City). Our
neighborhoods feature playgrounds, pavilions, and
basketball courts for our the enjoyment of Forest City
Q:How about Camp Smith?
A: Camp Smith has a Semper Fit gym, a food
court, library, pool, various shops, the Marine Corps Exchange, and
racquetball, handball, tennis, and volleyball courts.
Q:How about Manana?
A: The Manana housing community features a
community center, fitness center, pool, Marine Mart, baseball
field, skate park, and tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts.
There are also a playgrounds and parks within Manana. Manana is a
quiet, gated community featuring mature trees. It is located near
shopping, restaurants, and other amenities.
Other Housing Options:
Q:What if I’m not interested in base housing or the wait is just
too long? Is there someone who can help me find a rental off
Unfortunately, there is not. However, we do recommend looking
at possible rentals ahead of time so you know what to expect in our
economy before you arrive on island. Below are a couple of
links to websites that list rental homes. Also, if you know
what you're looking for, the MCFHO may have a book listing rentals
from which they may be able to assist you.