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09 Jun 2010 07:11 AM
    So my son is stationed in Hawaii. Does anyone else have a family member stationed there? Which cutter? Have you gone to visit your Coastie there yet? Where do you stay (on base) and where do you eat? I'm planning a trip out there the end of December so I wanted to start getting an idea of what to expect when we go. Will we be allowed to see the cutter inside?


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    09 Jun 2010 03:28 PM
    I've never been to Hawaii but I'm sure Jan can help you out with places to stay and things like that. When my oldest daughter was stationed on a buoy tender up in Alaska, they went to Hawaii for TACT and she had a blast there. I'm sure your son will love it there. My daughter got a tattoo while she was there, too....might have even gone to the same place your son did! I do know that you should be able to go onboard the Jarvis and look around. There are places on the boat where we are not allowed but at least you'll get an idea what it's like for your son. I recently traveled to Seattle to visit my daughter....after her time in AK, she was an MST on one of the icebreakers....and it was so cool to look around and see where she worked. I had looked at a ton of pictures of the boat but to see it up close and personal is really impressive.
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    10 Jun 2010 07:39 AM
    Oh yes Jan is my friend and we have talked lots!! I'm wondering if there are any other family members on here who have loved ones on the Jarvis.. I definitely plan on meeting Jan while I'm there to visit. I can't wait to hug her neck for all she has done for me..

    I'm really looking forward to seeing my son's new life up close and personal. Thanks Laurie
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    10 Jun 2010 10:46 AM
    My sons best friend used to be on the Jarvis so I asked and he was able to give me a tour of it. I think it would have been more thourough if not given by a teenaged boy, but I got to see pretty much every thing. I wanted to get an idea of what my daughters life was going to be like as she is also stationed on a 378 and I think they are pretty much all similar. They are pretty good about that. I don't think there are places for family to stay on the base but I have to double check on that. I will tell you that the last 2 weeks in December are considered the HIGH season and therefore everything is doubly expensive and hard to find vacancies. Our hotel is usually fully booked at least 6 months in advance over those dates. While my daughter was here, a bunch of her friends from the Rush stayed out here at our house for the week relaxing away from the boat and the city and that was kinda cool. Paula, I hope Josh knows if he ever needs anything to call me. I was down there on Tuesday but know how kids can be so didn't look him up or anything!! My kids would be mortified if I did something like that!! LOL I was supposed to be down there on Saturday for a meeting but I have to work so can't make it. I still owe you an email -just have been so busy with work, I hardly can think straight!!
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    10 Jun 2010 11:59 AM
    Well I guess Christmas is out- and our trip to HI will be out if there is no base housing. Oh well.. I'll just bring him home to visit.. would be cheaper anywho..
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    10 Jun 2010 12:25 PM
    I know in Boston there are 2 "hotels" that are for Mariners Only! That is where I stayed... Colin got the room for me. It was fine that I was there, he got an additional room for his grandparents the same weekend and one night he even got his own room. Not only is it cheaper, the cost is generally based off rank. So if your E-2 or E-3 can get a reservation at a place like that, you can probably save a lot of money. It isn't necessarily on base but it is available only to Mariners. While I was at the one in Boston the German Navy was in port... cute sailors in the German Navy! LOL

    Also, keep in mind, this is his first Christmas... he will not have the seniority to be the one to get leave for the holidays. I'm not saying he won't get it, he could if no one else asks. But if they need someone to stay aboard... well, last one reporting is the first one to get duty. Rank has it's privileges. So don't go buying him a plane ticket home just yet. They also could be underway at that time. Colin spent Christmas last year doing a swim call off the coast of Panama. No way he was coming home or even calling for that matter.
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    10 Jun 2010 01:08 PM
    Oh yes I know Macie- I've learned ALL of this from this awesome forum.. I didn't necessarily mean I would get him the flight home at Christmas.. I also know that if we were down there for Christmas he wouldn't necessarily be with us every day because of work and duty. We picked that week because it's a "short" week I don't have a lot of vacation and it would have been the best time for us to go. So if we don't get there.. hopefully he will fly home and see us when he can. So would it be a possibility to stay in a another branches "housing"? I bet the Navy has something there.. I'll have to ask some parents of Navy.
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    10 Jun 2010 01:39 PM
    Military is military. If there is something on a Navy or CG or AF or Army base... he is welcome to use the facilities and he can certainly get you a room if there is space available.

    When I was in Boston Colin had to work on Sunday to get the ship ready to get underway. He got off early enough we went out for dinner and had smoe more fun. I was expecting to see him on Monday but he didn't get off the ship until after my plane was in the air. They got underway on Tuesday. I won't make the mistake of visiting again that close to departure from port.
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    10 Jun 2010 01:50 PM
    I'm learning you need to be pretty "fluid" when it comes to spending time with them when they are at their place of employment and not home on vacation.. Which is totally cool with me. Good tips on not being there close to departure.. I would love to some day be ther ewhen his ship comes in.. I think that would be a fun experience. But it may never happen just something I hope to experience. We'll see. Thanks Macie!!
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    10 Jun 2010 09:10 PM

    Posted By PmAcKeY on 10 Jun 2010 12:59 PM
    Well I guess Christmas is out- and our trip to HI will be out if there is no base housing. Oh well.. I'll just bring him home to visit.. would be cheaper anywho..


    Why?? you are forgetting that although it isn't fancy - we do have a spare room here or there are 2 spare rooms at my mom and dad's house..... I know there are some rooms available at Pearl Harbor but not sure what the specs are - I will do some research next week and let you know. Don't give up!!!
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    10 Jun 2010 09:18 PM
    I've stayed at Navy Lodge a couple times. It's nice and relatively inexpensive. Navy Lodge Hawaii is in Pearl Harbor, HI.

    http://www.navy-lodge.com
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    10 Jun 2010 11:03 PM
    Yes I will do some research as they take the Naval people before they take the Coastie folks. Not sure if their high season is the same as the rest of the state.
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    11 Jun 2010 07:12 AM
    Jan- thank you!! I just couldn't possibly leave it up to Josh to figure all this out for us. It's just not "in him" to do.. LOL It will work out.. Lord knows I will need to see my son eventually.
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    11 Jun 2010 07:12 AM
    Thanks Jessica for the link.. That is very helpful!
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    11 Jun 2010 07:26 AM
    http://www.navy-lodge.com here's the other place I noticed on the website.
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    12 Jun 2010 04:17 PM
    I did two tours in Hawaii, one on the Jarvis and another at the small boat station. Honolulu has a plethora of hotels so if you want somewhere nice to stay you have options out the wazoo. Most of the military lodges require a military ID upon check in so unless your son books the room for you are out of luck there. Some are available to family members, some of them are the navy lodge, the lodge at Kaneohe MCB, and there's another at Hickham AFB. If you decide on these you'll have to get a guest pass to get on base if you have a rental car. You're son will have to be there to get you one. Also if you take a taxi only certain taxis are allowed on base so you need to make sure that they can go on base BEFORE you get in, otherwise it's a long walk from the front gate to the lodge.

    Not to talk you out of it, but if you stay in Waikiki you'll pay just about as much as you would if you stayed in a military lodge with less of the hassle. Plus most the "tourist" stuff to do is downtown, whereas Pearl Harbor, Hickham and Kaneohe MCB are on the outskirts of town and don't have much to do unless you're looking for a cheap place to shop (and you have to have a military ID or be with someone who does to shop there).
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    12 Jun 2010 08:53 PM
    Hey boat- that's what my son was advising was a place in Waikiki. We are checking all our options.. Thank you for your wealth of information and opinion.. Every bit of it helps to make some decisions. Anything else - send our way.. :-)
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    02 Aug 2010 05:12 PM
    Momma Mackey, there is a guy that just came off the Jarvis here in school with me if i can remember to catch up with him (i see him everyday but its just remembering) I'll ask him and find out from him for you, or at least what he thinks
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    08 Aug 2010 10:41 PM
    The Hale Koa in Waikiki is a hotel with military rates. Your son should be able to reserve some nights for you there. I'm not sure of the price, that you would have to call about. I'm an E-4 here in Hawaii so family just stays at my house. but there are plenty of places. There is a best Western down the road from the airport on Nimitz Hwy that isn't too bad either. a bit cheaper. Hope this helps a little. Hope your son has fun on their deployment. I casted off their lines for them recently.
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    02 Sep 2010 12:21 AM
    Or you could just save your money and stay with me....of course I live in a shack in the boonies but hey the price is right!!!
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    02 Sep 2010 12:23 AM
    ps - most hotels in HI are hurting for September so you might be able to do pretty good.  We have a military club that is $79 and you get a free night - pretty good for a hotel that has room rates at the 200-300 rates!!  unfortunately we are on the North Shore - a little far from the action but hey the price is right!!!  We are hurting in September so you can probably get pretty good rates!!
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    21 Sep 2010 11:04 AM
    Had the BEST time in Hawaii!! Thank you Jan for a wonderful place to stay, great food, and amazing fellowship with the family. Your kindness allowed me to visit my son. As a mom you know how incredibly grateful I am!! Love you gal!

    Saw things and did things I had only dreamed of doing... Seeing my son and hugging his neck was awesome enough.. but to be able to suffer through it in HAWAII... unbelievable.

     Thank you Coast Guard for getting me to Hawaii!
    It's a trip I won't soon forget.

    Blessings to ya'll! Josh will be out soon- but the good Lord has a plan and is going to open up new doors for him.. This wasn't a mistake it's getting him where he needs to be.
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    24 Sep 2010 02:43 PM

    We visited our son in July for 10 days.  He is also on the Jarvis.  There is not a place to stay on the base. We stayed at the HaleKoa Hotel.  It is a military hotel and the room rate is based on the service members rank.  The hotel was very nice, right on Wikiki Beach.  We didnt eat out alot we bought food  for picnics at the various commissaries and drove all over the island.  We also did alot of BBQ in the park next to the hotel and watched the sunset.  However there are tons of places to eat.  Our son also gave us a tour of the cutter.  It was on a Saturday so most of the crew was off the ship and we were not in anyones way.  What made it nice was that our son has a vehicle,  if not we would have needed to rent a car.

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    25 Sep 2010 09:46 AM
    We stayed at the Gateway Waikiki for the second half of our stay (it was just fine nothing fancy).. I rented a car for about 15.something a day (killer deal) and also had a budget for eating out.. it worked out. We did a lot of sightseeing with our Perfect Tour guide Jan... Northshore was our favorite place.. such a peaceful beach bum life there. But also enjoyed the few days in Waikiki. Although I will say I did not sleep as well there as I did in Jan's home... SO peaceful waking up to little birdy singing and sipping coffee looking at the BEAUTIFUL mountains in the backyard...with Jamaica!

    We got to see the Red Carpet season premier of Hawaii Five-0 on the beach of Waikiki just at sunset on a 30 ft screen.... talk about amazing. I really loved Hawaii.. and feel like I have an amazing family there. I hope to get back one day...
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    28 Sep 2010 12:49 PM

    Hello Proud Mom,

    Our son is also on the Jarvis and we went to visit in July for 10 days.  There is not a place to stay on the base.  We stayed at the HaleKoa hotel on Wikiki Beach.  It is a military only hotel.  Your son can make the reservations, and the room rate is based on his pay rate.  I think we paid $98 a night.  The hotel is right on the beach and very close to shopping.  My wife and daughter can testify to that.  If your son does not have a car it would be very well worth it to rent a car and tour the island.  We spent most of our time on the north shore.  He also gave us a tour of the ship on a Saturday.  The crew on board was minimal and we didnt get in the way.  Obviously Hawaii is very expensive but we did alot of picnics and bbq on the beach and at the park right next to the hotel.  The hotel has an exchange and you can get almost anything you need for a picnic.  We did go to the BX on pearl for groceries and supplies.
    Enjoy your trip.

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    19 Oct 2010 01:30 AM
    I am about to go to boot camp and I was wondering what the chances of me getting district 14 was. I know about the wish list and all but do tons of ppl ask for hawaii?
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    20 Oct 2010 07:27 PM
    Ask and ye MIGHT receive... don't ask and ye might receive anyway.
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    22 Oct 2010 06:02 AM
    Well my son didn't really want Hawaii- but put it on his list anyhow with a little chuckle... thinking his chances were zero of getting it.. He got Hawaii. It just depends on your skills and whats needed where.... But mostly- Gears advice is definitely the best! Pretty much if you want it- you probably wont get it. LOL
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    22 Oct 2010 10:36 AM
    This may be a better question for boot camp forum, but do they rank you in boot camp, so that if two people choose the exact same places, they know who t o send? Or do they just randomly pick between the two?
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    23 Oct 2010 06:37 AM
    I think the CC's are very qualified in placing you where you need to go. They get to know you pretty well and by week 5 they know you well enough to send you to the right place for you and for them! You have to trust the process!
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