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US Army Museum of Hawaii

2131 Kalia Road, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815 (Waikiki)
+1 808-955-9552
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Ranked #18 of 159 Attractions in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, History Museums, Military Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Chartered in 1976 as a not-for-profit corporation, the Hawaii Army Museum Society, also known by its acronym, HAMS, was organized by several former... more » Owner description: Chartered in 1976 as a not-for-profit corporation, the Hawaii Army Museum Society, also known by its acronym, HAMS, was organized by several former military veterans and patriotic members of the Honolulu community. Its sole mission is to support the development of the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii. Today, it continues that tradition by funding exhibit expansion and creation, and other improvements at the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii which is housed in historic Battery Randolph on the grounds of Ft. DeRussy in Waikiki. Constructed from 1909 to 1911, this Coastal Artillery Battery protected Oahu with its two 14-inch disappearing guns. The battery was built so well that it was unable to be torn down in the early 1970's to make way for the military's Hale Koa Hotel. The battery was turned into a museum in 1976 and begins with story of early Hawaiian warfare and covers every major military event in the Pacific theater of operations through Vietnam. The Gallery of Heroes honors Hawaii's soldiers who have received our nation's highest awards: the Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross. The Museum is under the direction of the U.S. Army Center of Military History and receives well over 100,000 visitors a year. The Museum is free to all. Both the Museum and the Hawaii Army Society's Museum Store are open from 9am - 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Audio tours are available for rent from the Society for a small fee in both English and Japanese. « less
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We stayed at the Reef on the Beach right next door for almost 5 days until we realized this was steps away from out hotel. It was very interesting to see the Army history of Hawaiian, not only from the Army side, but from out adversaries at the time as well. Well worth the visit.

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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We toured this free (donations accepted) exhibit that gives you a great history of the army's presence on the island. The museum is set within the old fort that defended the beaches and pearl harbor. It is an old artillery station converted into a cool and unique museum. We had some time to kill before our flight out and figured... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I didn't rush through this and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. This is a free museum; however, they offer an audio tour for $5.00. The most humbling part of the museum is the Medal of Honor and Distinguished Service Cross room on the second floor. I was able to meet with Pierre Moulin who wrote an exhaustive account of the Japanese... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I toured here prior to visiting Pearl Harbour area, glad I did as all related, don't miss the unit 422 movie, makes you think

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Great chronological displays so how and why USA became interested in Hawaii as a strategic piece of real estate in the mid pacific. The museum is housed in an older beach side fort and so how this fitted in to the ever developing defensive systems around Honolulu harbour as technology developed.

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Toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

A small but very well laid out and maintained. The staff are very nice and proud of their museum. It is free, but give a donation if attending.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This is a great museum to meander through. Entrance is free and there are a lot of good displays from the attack on Pearl Harbor through Desert Storm. The Vets who man the information area are very knowledgeable and friendly.

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Buchanan, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

If you are interested in military history, I would recommend the museum, which was a coastal artillery position in the past. The layout is very unique, and although not the large, there is a lot to see.

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Went here to satisfy my husbands whim. Not bad with all the wars that Hawaiians participated in on show. Interesting even to someone with a passing interest in wars.

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NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Being ex Army this Museum was a must see for me and I must say I enjoyed my visit. The museum is free but you can give a donation, so if you have some time take a walk through be aware they are closed on Sundays and Mondays.

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