Militarized Sites in Hawai’i
Overview of military sites in Hawai’i
Download a map of military occupied lands in Hawai’i by Summer Nemeth
According to the U.S. Department of Defense 2004 Base Structure report,the combined military branches in 2004 have 161 military installations in Hawai‘i (4 large, 4 medium and 153 small installations). The military controls 236,303 acres (95,626.6 hectares) in Hawai‘i, or 5.7 percent of the total land area.
On O‘ahu, the most densely populated island, the military controls 85,718 acres (34,688.2 hectares) out of 382,148 acres (154,646.9 hectares), or 22.4 percent of the island.
The military also controls vast stretches of ocean, including Defensive Sea Areas in Kane‘ohe Bay, from Pearl Harbor to Koko Head, and off the west shore of Kaua‘i. <http://www.pacom.mil/about/pacom.shtml> The entire Hawaiian archipelago is surrounded by 210,000 square miles (54,388,733.8 hectares)of ocean military operating areas and 58,599 square miles (15,176,787.7 hectares)of military special use airspace. <https://www.denix.osd.mil/denix/Public/News/OSD/i366/366Final04.pdf>
According the State of Hawai‘i in 2003 there were 44,458 active duty military personnel and 56,572 military dependents living in Hawai‘i, the combined total of which amounted to 8 percent of Hawai‘i’s population of 1,257,608.14 Combined with the 116,000 retired military personnel living in Hawai‘i, the military-connected population totaled 217,030, or 17 percent of Hawai‘i’s total population. The 2000 U.S. Census found that Hawai‘i has the largest percentage of its population in the military among the states.