(Via Ho’okele News)
Story and photo by Brandon Bosworth
Assistant Editor, Ho’okele
The grand opening of a new satellite vehicle registration office was held at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) on April 22. On hand for the event were Capt. Jeffrey James, commander of JBPHH, Col. David Kirkendall, 647th Air Base Group commander and deputy commander of JBPHH, and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.
Misty Kela’i, executive director of culture and arts, City and County of Honolulu, performed a Hawaiian blessing.
“This is a win-win for both the Navy and the City and County of Honolulu,” said James. “It’s a superb example of partnership.”
Caldwell agreed that the opening of the new satellite vehicle registration office “is an excellent example of partnership” between the city and the military.” He also commented about how important it is to have these services conveniently located for the military.
“Our young military partners often have lots of paperwork,” said Caldwell. “Having an office close to their COs and close to where the papers are located will make things easier.”
“This new location will benefit military personnel while also reducing the lines for Oahu residents at all satellite city halls,” said Sheri Kajiwara, director of the city’s customer services department.
“Motor vehicle transactions account for 70 percent of satellite city hall business, and transactions involving military personnel can be especially time-intensive as these often involve out-of-state transfers, requiring additional forms and signatures,” Kajiwara said.
The new office is a joint project between the City and County of Honolulu and Navy Region Hawaii. The vehicle registration office at JBPHH is part of a one-year pilot program to provide limited motor vehicle registration services to all military personnel on Oahu. If successful, the program could be extended. Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam was selected due to its central location on Oahu.
The new vehicle registration office is located at 915 North Road, building 1314, in the Club Pearl Complex. It is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. The office will be closed on all state and federal holidays.
The service is open to all military personnel, their family members and civilian personnel who have base access from all military bases.
Services offered include transactions related to initial vehicle registration, outof-state permits, transfer of ownership, replacement of Hawaii plates and/or registration emblems, duplicate Honolulu titles and registrations, the ordering of special plates, veteran’s plates, and organizational plates, and junking and storage.
For more information, call 473-1487.