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US Army Museum of Hawaii

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Neighborhood: Waikiki
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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: The U. S. Army Museum of Hawaii is under the direction of the U.S. Army...
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. Both the Museum and the Hawaii Army Society's Museum Store are open from 9 am - 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday. 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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A Feel of History

When I was there coincidentally for the 73rd Anniversary of Pearl Harbor I was able to observe how they commemorate the event. I wish people were more observant and participate... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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Dasmarinas City, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

When I was there coincidentally for the 73rd Anniversary of Pearl Harbor I was able to observe how they commemorate the event. I wish people were more observant and participate more. It was good.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Waikiki offers many attractions but few are both fun and free. The US Army Museum of Hawaii is the rare exception to the rule. Located in the Fort DeRussy Military Reservation and Beachfront Park, the museum is a great place to end a stroll down Waikiki Beach. The museum building is the former Battery Randolph which served as a home... More 

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Goldcoast
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

My husband & I were very lucky to get 15mins in the Museum at all as it closes promptly at 4.45pm. The exhibits are detailed & include personal stories & private photos and memorabilia as well as the tank, guns etc. I noticed that a disappointed reviewer described the Museum as 'tied & old'. Well my friend the fact is... More 

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Holden, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Very informative and interesting history of Hawaii and the US Army. Well done exhibits. Even I, the wife of the history buff, found this to be well worth the time spent touring this museum.

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Green Valley, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

I am a former U.S. Army Officer, and I was so impressed with this wonderful museum. I would recommend it to all.

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Oak Park, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The museum is located on the Ft Derussy Park and inside the old Randolph battery. it is well done and includes an audio tour if you wish to purchase the audio for 5$. Entry is free, and worth a visit.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Take the time to visit the US Army Museum at Fort DeRussy. The museum is inside an old gun battery and holds a good collection dating back to the early days of the US Army in Hawaii. It's free to enter and often you'll find author's with their books inside the foyer, ask nicely and you'll get a signed copy... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

War from the Hawaiian point of view. An understanding of the place of the Japanese in hawaii's history. The tragedy of serving soldiers visiting interred siblings

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Lodi, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

My brother is currently in the Army, and I wanted to visit this museum. Just to be able to see the history of the Army's past in Hawaii was very interesting.

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Oroville
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

The museum is an interesting place to visit, and it's "cheap" -- donations only! A special exhibit showcases those who were awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, including the name and dates of service, and in many cases, a picture of the person. My husband is retired Air Force, but he still appreciated the displays and the history. There's also a... More 

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