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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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Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We spent a couple of hours here and learnt a lot about the Japanese americans serving in the mlitary during WW11the staff were good and it is optional donation entry.

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Dunedin, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

My wife and I was staying at the Outrigger Reed and this museum is right next door. We walked over there one day and paid a visit. Being an Army veteran, I found it especially interesting. In basic training, we were issued the M1 rifle. They had one on display (along with a clip of ammunition) and I took great... More

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Canberra
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

An excellent little museum with great history of the Armys involvement in Hawaii in particular Japanese americans

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San Diego , CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

it seems small when u see it from outside and when u enter but you end up spending from one hour to two because of all the amazing things and info you will find. we did not make it to the upper floor as we were going to another place and we were running out of time. but its really... More

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Indian Wells, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Loved the Army museum and will definitely go back next trip. the museum is free but you are encouraged to make a donation.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Free to enter but do spend the $5 dollars on the audio tour. Maurice was at the entrance and spent ages talking to him about the history of the museum and the whitewashed story of the Japanese who served in the US army. We spent about 3 hours there and got kicked out when they shut for the day, had... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

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

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

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

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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