Representation for Those Stationed at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii

Our team of Hawaii military lawyers are proud to represent those who have been and are stationed at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCB Hawaii) is a military base run by the U.S. Marines. It is located in Honolulu, Oahu on the Mokapu Peninsula. Oahu is the third largest of the islands of Hawaii but is the most populated of the islands. It is 596 square miles in area and is home to the capital of the state, Honolulu. Even though there have been military installations in this area for decades, it did not begin as MCB Hawaii. It was in 1918 that President Wilson set aside 322 acres of land for use by the military. What began as the Kuwaahoe Military Reservation became Fort Hase in 1942. A year before this, it was known as Naval Air Station Kaneohe Bay, one of the Japanese targets during the Attack on Pearl Harbor. 

Also known as the Battle of Pearl Harbor, mayhem ensued when the Japanese launched a surprise attack on the navy base at Pearl Harbor. The reason behind this attack was to prevent the U.S. from helping Europe in World War II. The attack took place in two waves, of which the station at Kaneohe Bay was a target in both. In the first wave, the aircraft at Kaneohe was targeted. In the second wave, the aircraft and hangers were targeted. Rather than keep the U.S. out of the war, this instead was a major factor in causing the government to join it. 

After World War II, the Marines took control of this base as the navy moved to another location. In 1952, it received yet another name, the Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay. In 1994, several different Marine Corps bases were merged into one large installation. Camp H.M. Smith, Manana Family Housing Area, Puuloa Range, Molokai Training Support Facility, and the Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay all joined together to become the Marine Corps Base Hawaii. 

MCB Hawaii Today 

According to information from the last census, the base has a population of nearly 12,000 people. It is made up of 2,332 households and 2,283 families and has a population density of 2,696 per square miles. The demographics on the base are made up of 66.6% White, 14.6% Hispanic, 12.1% African American, and 5.3% Asian. Approximately 66% of households have children under the age of 18 and 93% are married couples living together.

The average size of a family living on the base is 3.23. In regard to the age groups on the base, 43.5% are between the ages of 18 and 24 and 31% are between the ages of 25 and 55. The next largest group is children under the age of 18 at 24%. The median income for the average household is $34,757 and for a family is $34,918. When the average income of males and females was compared, it was discovered that females earn an average of $5,000 more. 

MCB Crimes 

Crimes that are committed on the Marine Corps Base Hawaii, like any other military installation, are generally subject to both federal and military laws. These crimes can include, but are not limited to: 

  • Civilian Crimes: Civilian laws apply on military bases, so any criminal activity that is illegal in the state of Hawaii can be committed on the base. This includes crimes such as theft, assault, drug offenses, and more. 
  • Military Crimes: Service members are subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), and they can commit various military-specific crimes, including desertion, insubordination, unauthorized absence, and failure to obey lawful orders. 
  • Sexual Assault and Harassment: These crimes are taken very seriously in the military, and there are specific military regulations and legal procedures in place to address them. 
  • Weapons Violations: Possession or use of unauthorized or illegal firearms and weapons can be a crime on military bases. 
  • Drug Offenses: Unauthorized drug use and distribution are prohibited under military law. 

  • Property Crimes: Crimes such as vandalism, burglary, and damage to government property are taken seriously. 
  • Trespassing: Unauthorized entry onto the base, or areas within the base, is a crime. 
  • DUI/DWI: Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a crime on military installations, just as it is off base. 
  • Fraud: Any form of financial or identity fraud can be prosecuted under both civilian and military laws. 
  • Terrorism: Acts of terrorism or threats on a military installation can result in serious consequences. 

It’s important to note that crimes committed on a military base are typically prosecuted through the military justice system and can result in both military and civilian penalties. If you are accused of committing a crime at the Marine Corps Base in Hawaii, experienced Hawaii military lawyers can help. 

Hawaii Military Lawyers you Can Trust 

Being accused of a crime while at MCB Hawaii is a serious matter. For decades, the Hawaii military lawyers at the Federal Practice Group have provided elite defense services. We work hard for service members who are stationed in the United States and abroad.  With more than 100 years of combined military law experience, we are prepared to fight for you.  As active and retired military personnel, we understand what is at stake and will work diligently for a favorable outcome.  Contact us today to schedule a consultation.     

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