Temporary Lodging Allowance is the per diem of the United States Army. It basically works the same way as per diem and intends to cover the cost of lodging, meals, and incidentals.
While figuring out whether Hawaii is CONUS or OCONUS can be quite confusing, know that Hawaii is not a part of the continental United States, therefore, it can’t be CONUS. Under the Space-A regulation, Hawaii isn’t considered OCONUS neither due to the island’s remote location. Hawaii, along with Alaska is considered overseas due to this regulation.
When a military service member receives Temporary Lodging Allowance, abbreviated to TLA, Hawaii will be considered overseas. Whether you call it TLA or per diem, the maximum rate is as follows for each locality.
$319 is the maximum TLa for the following localities.
Hilo, Isle of Hawaii: Hilo, and Kilauea Military Camp.
$326 is the maximum TLA for the following localities.
Camp H. M. Smith, Eastpac Naval, Fort DeRussy, Fort Shafter, Hickam AFB, Honululu, Isle of Oahu, JB Pearl Harbor, Kapolei, Lualualei Naval Magazine, MCB Hawaii, NOSC Pearl Harbor, Molokai, Pearl Harbor, Schofield Barracks, Tripler Army Medical Center, and Wheeler Army Field.
$466 is the maximum TLA for the following localities.
Isle of Kauai, Lihue, and PMRF Barking Sands.
For other locations in Hawaii where the rate isn’t set, the standard maximum TLA is $367.
You will be given TLA according to the location. The TLA is given to all service members for when the expenses are higher than normal incur by the service member or a dependent while occupying temporary lodging OCONUS and Overseas.
It’s good to not mistake TLA with the TLE. While TLA is given for OCONUS and Overseas, TLE is given mostly for CONUS, when the military service member is in the continental United States.