Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had plenty of fun nights at Kahuna’s on MCBH Kaneohe Bay, but there’s a definite disparity between the E-Club and the O-Club. Of course, this is to be expected, as officers are shiny gods and enlisted are… enlisted.
I once had the pleasure of eating lunch at the Officer’s Club at MCBH. It was an experience, to say the least. Overlooking the beautiful MCBH Clipper Golf Course (one of the most gorgeous golf vistas in the nation), nothing makes you feel more like a lowly peasant than being gawked at by offended officer wives as a few Lance Corporals awkwardly made their way through the high-end Mongolian Grill and salad bar.
It’s a stark contrast to the dive-bar experience of the E-Club, where you’ll meet an assortment of characters ranging from drunk Lance Corporals to… more drunk Lance Corporals. To be fair, karaoke and wing night make for a much more colorful and entertaining experience.
Still, the lifestyle contrast between officers and enlisted is always shockingly stark. I mean, I get it, officers are a big deal and enlisted are a dime a dozen. The military wants to retain good officers, so they treat them like posh royalty. It’s probably the only place where a bachelor’s degree gets you an automatic high-class lifestyle, even if you occasionally have to slum it with us lowly enlisted folk.