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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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As featured in Honolulu for free
Ranked #19 of 155 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

We had no knowledge of the role that local American/Japanese played in WW2. Take time to watch the video. Amazing tale. The Museum if free, closedTuesday and well presented Allow two hours plus

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Fort Riley, Kansas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

My Active Duty Army spouse and I only PLANNED doing a 'walk-through' of this museum...but we were there for over two-hours! There was lots to see and read. The building is actually part of the former gun battery. Great gift shop! Short walk over from the Military Hotel, the Hale Koa.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This is free museum that is very informative. It is housed in an old gun emplacement bunker. It describes in detail the events leading up to and the attack on Pearl Habour. It has a shop attached and if you are going to buy caps, buy them here as they are much cheaper than the same ones at Pearl Harbour... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is right next to the Hale Koa Hotel. It's a nice little museum, not a destination in itself, but if you have a military background, and enjoy history, and have some extra time (while the family's out shopping or doing something else) walk over. The display on the 442nd was moving. There's no charge.

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Ottumwa, Iowa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

A good, historical break while on Oahu. I didn't go until family was visiting and my dad wanted to check it out. Didn't take long, was convenient to hotels in Waikiki; worth a visit.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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56 reviews 56 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Enjoyed looking at all the weapons and uniforms. In a beautiful setting and easy to access by almost any bus. Lots of old army vehicles restored and parked outside

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Vacaville, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

A free Museum - Has great history of the 442nd combat team. and some great displays. A great way to spend a few hours.

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Pleasant Prairie
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

It was right next door to our hotel so had to check it out. Does not take long to go through and no cost just donate! Not bad if you have a bit of time to kill.

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Spreyton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Well worth a visit - entry by donation and appears to be operated by volunteers (bless 'em). The exhibits certainly bring across the war time experience of the American GI's of particular note on the way in is the 'evolution' of the rifle - from musket to fully auto.......we are pretty good at devising faster ways of killing each other!!... More

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Marietta, Georgia
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

First it was free so you can't beat the price. However, it is mostly pictures and replica's of actual artifacts. I expected to see more authentic items. Still not a horrible way to kill a half hour.

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