Upon receiving PCS orders to KISKA, you are required to complete an overseas screening as specified in part 4.H.2 of the Coast Guard Personnel Manual. This requires completion of an overseas physical exam for member and dependents, and a financial assessment, using the forms provided in the Personnel Manual. An overseas screening is required to be performed within 10 days of receiving PCS orders.
There are five government owned homes in Hilo. Married members have the option to move into government housing or live on the economy. Unaccompanied non-rates are assigned to government housing. All crewmembers assigned to KISKA who elect to reside on the economy are required to live within 30 miles of the ship in order to be available for recall.
Check out the Hawaii Department of Education link to see a map of school districts in Hawaii County. There are also several private schools located in Hilo. For adult education; there is the University of Hawaii Hilo Campus and the Hawaii Community College of Hilo.
Coordinate your arrival with your sponsor. Make sure your sponsor has your travel itinerary. Uniform for reporting is Tropical Blue. Before you make your trip to Hawaii, make sure you check out the Coast Guard’s Hawaiian Islands Relocation Handbook, which contains a lot of good general information and tips.
Depending on your status, Temporary Lodging Allowance may be authorized. An explanation of the policy is on page 20 of the Hawaiian Islands Relocation Handbook. Make sure you check with your sponsor or Base Honolulu’s Transportation Office to see if you are eligible.
Members and families assigned to KISKA are enrolled in TRICARE Prime Remote. Health care is provided through a civilian network of TRICARE-authorized providers. Check out TRICARE’s Provider Directory Search Page (type 96720 into the Zip Code line).