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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 157 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

A great way to tell the story of Hawaii and the war. Enough detail to keep it factual but not top heavy. Well worth a look.

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Bellingham, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

My teenage son & his friend toured the museum on a day us girls were out doing "girl" things. They said it was really interesting and were very pleased. The only complaint they had was that it was very HOT inside, which made them not want to stay longer. I am sure it is due to age of building etc.,... More

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Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Just went there today. I generally liked it. The displays were well done and told a good story. The only possible thing is that it appeared to focus a whole lot on the contribution of the the Japanese Americans to the war whilst not really (in my opinion) doing enough justice to other groups that also played a huge role... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We got there late in the day and they were closing early because of staff shortages so don't do what we did and turn up late. The exhibits are great and you can easily spend half a day in here if the material interests you. If you stay in a Waikiki hotel, it's probably better to walk to the museum... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

If you are in Waikiki and like to go to museums, the museum is 5 minutes from your hotel. Lots of stuff to see from WW1 up through the Korean and Vietnam wars. The Japanese military pieces are cool to see as well.

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Franklin, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

I did enjoy this but most of it was closed when we went so we weren't able to see the whole thing. I wish we went a couple of days before we actually did.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Great place to spend an hour and very informative, the displays and narrations were excellent. My boys aged 9 & 10 enjoyed it and it's free.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The price is right (free), and it offers a lot of knowledge about the military developments on the island, both American and Native. You could spend about 2 hours reading everything and looking at the exhibits.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Free!!! Just ask for a donation, Very informative. Learned a lot more about the war history and history of the area,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Wonderful place to see the historical aspect of the military affecting Hawaii. Exhbits are thorough and very informative. Take your time as there is a lot of great information to absorb, not to mention it is very cool inside temperature wise. Don't forget to visit the second floor and view the section for war medal winners of Hawaiians in the... More

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