Hawai`i's diverse chain of eight islands, each unique and beautiful, provides its residents and outstanding quality of life. O`ahu is home to the majority of the State's multi-cultural population of one million. Honolulu, the state capital, is a major financial and business center for the Pacific region. Mark Twain described Hawai`i as: "The loveliest fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean."
The weather is temperate, the air and water quality pristine, and neighborhoods are safe. Hawai`i's offerings range from the sophistication and elegance of world class hotels and restaurants to the untouched beauty of the beaches, forest and mountain areas. The islands are an international sports site for events including the Honolulu Marathon and Ironman, the Aloha Bowl and the Hawai`i PGA tournament. Hawai`i has also become a popular site for leading concert, rock and symphony artists to perform.
The islands are more than just a beautiful place to live. Along with a quality of life rich with cultural events and healthy outdoor recreation, it is also internationally renowned for its scientific and technology-based research, development and education. As a result, living costs are relatively high in Hawai`i. Housing and food can be more expensive than some mainland U.S. cities. These extra costs are somewhat offset since there are no heating bills or winter expenses.
Travel to Hawai`i can be arranged with many major airlines. Travel time from the West Coast is about four and a half to five hours.
First-year residents begin their training during the last week of June.