Fort Shafter is a United States Army base located in Honolulu, Hawaii. The base was initially established in 1907, and is now listed as a National Historic Landmark. Fort Shafter is recognized by the National Register of Historic Places and it's home to the Major Command of US Army Forces for the Pacific Regions, the United States Army Pacific Command, and the Army Corps of Engineers Pacific Ocean Division. It's the oldest military base on Oahu, Hawaii, and it's been in charge of defending the State since 1921.

Cost of Living: Hawaii as a whole is one of the most expensive places to live in the United States, and the Honolulu Metro Area's cost of living is over 64% higher than the national average.

Automated Telephone Attendant Number: 808-449-7110

Base Population: There are 22,441 military inhabitants, 32,790 family members, and 7,625 civilians.

City/Area Population: There are almost 1 million people living in the Honolulu Metro Area, and the exact number at this moment is 976,372.

Child Development Centers: There are six child development centers on the island of Oahu, with full day programs for children 6 weeks to five years of age, and part day programs for children 3 to 5 years of age. There is also hourly child care for children 6 weeks to 12 years. Aliamanu Military Reservation Parent Central Services: 808-833-5393. Schofield Barracks Parent Central Services: 808-655-5314. There's even a program for children ages 4 weeks to 12 years old called the Family Child Care program and they will watch your child in a home setting.

Youth Programs: Fort Shafter has a variety of programs for children of all ages, including sports activities, art computer labs, board and video games, and volunteer community service activities.

Military and Family Readiness Center: 808-655-4227

Employment: After arriving at Fort Shafter you may want to register for work at the Hawaii State Department of Labor and Industrial Relation's Workforce Development Division. It can be tough getting a job at this location and most of the population commutes to work in Honolulu. Be prepared for rough traffic, as there is always a great deal of traffic on the way to town. With that said, the unemployment rate is 3.8% and the median household income is $72,292.

Base Services:

  • Financial Institutions: Schofield Federal Credit Union, First Hawaiian Bank.
  • FMWR Facilities: There are plenty of recreational activities at this base, such as bowling, camping, golf, outdoor recreation, swimming pools, tennis, arts and crafts, theater, library, fitness centers and more.
  • Exchange System: 1 exchange and 3 shops are located at this base. 808-622-1773.
  • Commissaries: 1 commissary is located at Fort Shafter - 808-655-5066.

Medical Services: Fort Shafter has the largest military treatment facility in the Pacific area, the Tripler Army Medical Center (AMC). For more information call 808-433-6661 or make an appointment at 808-433-2778. The Tripler Army Medical Center operated the United States Army Health Clinic at Schofield Barracks, and they provide health care to 34,000 soldiers, family members and retirees in the area.


Fort Shafter celebrated its 100th birthday on June 22, 2007, although they started constructing the base way back in 1905. It is the oldest military base on Oahu, named after Major General William Rufus Shafter, who died in 1906, a year before the base opened. Major General William Rufus Shafter left the United States expedition to Cuba in 1898.

Tripler General Hospital used to stand where the highway intersection is today, as they moved the hospital to its current location in 1948. A cantonment areas was built by the Richardson Theater in 1914, and in 1917 they built the Hawaiian Ordnance Depot, which was moved to Fort Shafter in 1921. In 1940, they constructed a new location for Signal Corps elements.

In late 1941 Fort Shafter was met with war, and the major headquarters was officially named the U.S. Army Forces, Central Pacific Area. The Army Corps of Engineers built the Pineapple Pentagon in 1944, and from start to finish it took them only 49 days to complete the three buildings. After that, they filled to large pishponds and named it Shafter Flats.

Housing: Island Palm Communities is in charge of the privatized housing within Fort Shafter, you can reach them at 808-275-3700. There are 2 - 5 bedroom homes within 100 communities, so there are plenty of options to choose from.

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