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US Army Museum of Hawaii

Address: 2131 Kalia Road, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815 (Waikiki)
Phone Number: +1 808-955-9552
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Ranked #17 of 124 Attractions in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Military Museums, 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...
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Type: History Museums, Military Museums, 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 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 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.

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Richmond, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

We were there the week of Dec. 7th, so emotions run a little higher. If you are over 60, it's all familiar material, Vietnam, WW2, etc. Either our generation or our parent's generation. There was an author in the lobby who wrote on the role of Japanese Americans who fought in Europe, and I had a nice conversation with him.... More 

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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

We found some really interesting articles and photos in this museum, reminds you why we should never go to war!

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Rockhampton, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

My brother and I like history, so decided to visit the museum. We were pleased to see that it was free, and and it was air-conditioned which was a real bonus! There are a couple of vehicles outside and on the roof, and inside there are a number of displays about the Pacific theatre of the second world war. They... More 

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Vancouver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

We discovered that we couldn't get into Pearl Harbor itself (sold out for the 73rd) but then by accident discovered that they were having a special ceremony to reflect on what the army endured and did during that event. We even had a special shaka performed by soldiers! We then toured the museum which was really an amazing account of... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

I liked that there was not a lot of people there but I would loved to have someone who works their tell you about certain events relative to Hawaii

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Walking through this was like walking back in time. Sensational and one of the best I have been to to date. Well set out and very informative especially if you take the time to read as much of the information they have set out describing all about what you are looking at.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

LOVED the history, so educational, beautiful displays and so clean. LOVED it, learned alot, and so glad we went.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

The submarine is a must-see. Commendable for the preservation of the submarine. Well-maintained but there is not an absolute need to make an effort to the museum.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Very well organised and interesting small museum. Free entry . Don't rely on Google Maps to find it - as the map is wrong !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

We tour the museum every time we visit Waikiki and learn something new about the history of war and the effect on Hawaii. It's free and well worth your time to visit this museum to acknowledge the accomplishment of the men and women of the U.S. and Hawaii who served in the military.

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