A large portion of Real estate Kaneohe bay is dedicated to Marine Corps Base Hawaii, initially known as the Marine Corps Air Station at Kaneohe Bay. The U.S. armed force facility is located on the Mokapu Peninsula of Kaneohe and hosts almost 12, 000 people. Besides serving as a military training and action center, the base also is home to Marines, sailors, their family members, and civilian employees. Commissioned in 1952 following World War II, the base served as a point of consolidation for the marines’ many spread out facilities across the state. All U.S. military units in Hawaii fall under the U.S. Pacific Command that is headquartered at Camp Smith on Oahu.
Home to the 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Radio Battalion, and Marine Aircraft Group 24, Marine Corps Base Hawaii is located between Kailua and Kaneohe and is reached easily by the H-3 interstate that links the gates of Pearl Harbor and the marine corps base. The facility’s 7,800-foot runway is just part of the 2,951 acres that comprise the base. Marine Corps Base Hawaii also includes two land conservations; one at Ulupau Crater and the other at the Nuupia Pond area. The annual Bayfest celebration on July 4th is hosted at the base and is open to the pubic.