Duty in this Region
Climate & Weather
The climate of the islands is subtropical and cooled by trade winds nearly year round, thereby eliminating uncomfortable temperature extremes most of the time. Hawaii is two hours behind Pacific Standard Time, and five hours behind Eastern Standard Time. For example: when it is 12 noon in Hawaii, it is 2 p.m. in San Francisco and 5 p.m. in New York.
Hawaii does not observe Daylight Savings Time. This means that from May through October, the islands are three hours behind Pacific Daylight Time and six hours behind Eastern Daylight Time. Be sure to set your watch properly upon arrival.
What to wear
Because of its subtropical climate, sports clothing, casual shirts, slacks and shorts are part of everyday living in Hawaii. For women, cool cotton separates or dresses are popular during the day, and the colorful Hawaiian fashions are deemed appropriate for both day and evening wear. You may wish to have cocktail or formal clothing for such occasions, however.
Summer uniforms are authorized for use year round in the islands, but you should have winter uniforms for use during possible temporary duty to colder climates.
Cost of Living
Except for Alaska, Hawaii is recognized as having the highest cost of living in the United States.
It should be noted that commissary and exchange facilities go a long way toward making the cost of living more manageable. Also, allowances for both military and Department of Defense civilian employees ease the burden of the high cost of living.