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US Army Museum of Hawaii

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Address: 2131 Kalia Road, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
Phone Number: +1 808-955-9552
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
Description: ***Important announcement that until further notice: Both the Museum and...
***Important announcement that until further notice: Both the Museum and the Hawaii Army Society's Museum Store are open from 9 am - 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday. However, due to staffing shortages, beginning on June 30, 2015 the hours of operation will change to: Tuesday through Saturday from 9 AM to 4:15 PM. The U. S. Army Museum of Hawaii 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. Audio tours are available for rent from the Society for a small fee in both English and Japanese. Parking is available directly across from the museum. Validation for a reduced parking fee is available at the welcome desk. 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. 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.
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Not Just Military, but also Civilian Experience of WWII

Want to meet a true American Hero? If you're lucky, Whitey Yamamoto might be behind the front desk!! He's an unassuming guy, 93 years old, who served with the 442nd RCT, otherwise... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Want to meet a true American Hero? If you're lucky, Whitey Yamamoto might be behind the front desk!! He's an unassuming guy, 93 years old, who served with the 442nd RCT, otherwise known as the Nisei Corps, the most decorated unit of WWII. I enjoyed chatting with him, and got him to sign my copy of "American Samurais" (available in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Stumbled on this small but excellent museum in Fort DeRussy Beach Park. Includes native Hawaiian military history as well as U.S Military presence.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

The museum is free of charge and it has a lot of exhibits. Very impressive and worth a walk through.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This museum is situated in the lovely Ft DeRussy Park. Covers all era's of the US Military with an emphasis on Hawaii. It was very interesting.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Free admission Army Museum with great exhibits inside and out. My husband & I thoroughly enjoyed the war exhibits and learning about the effects on the people and landscape of Oahu. Fascinating history that we were unaware of. I'm sure a lot of people are unaware of this little "gem" - so if you are visiting, add to your "must... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Really enjoyed it . We stumbled upon this museum whilst walking from our hotel what a great find. It was laid out really well and easy to find our way round.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Great Museum run by some great volunteers. It was a great visit. A heap of information and artefacts on display. Great explanation of the wars. Kids even found it interesting. A must to visit it is also free. Well by donation.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This museum is free and has wonderful exhibits. The location is incredible ( right by the beach) and there is alot to learn here. It was nice to see exhibits showcasing stories of local hero's and also a bit about the polynesian history. Make time to see it all. We ran out of time and had to hurry up through... More 

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Le Grand, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

I didn't know about this museum, but my fiancee and I came across it and i was really cool. Amazing walk through the museum at your leisure and very informative. All kept up by donation and volunteers. Great history of the Army and the military of the Islands, plus all of the wars of our great nation combined.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Well worth a visit - alot of information in a compact space. Walking distance to central Waikiki which meant no transportation needed. Not crowded and able to wander through at your own pace

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Address: 2131 Kalia Road, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
Phone Number: +1 808-955-9552
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Honolulu>  > Waikiki

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