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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: 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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We stayed at the Outrigger Reef on the beach which is adjacent to the museum. The volunteers (really sweet) sit at the desk by the entrance and go through the layout with you when... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 7, 2013
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Maple, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

We stayed at the Outrigger Reef on the beach which is adjacent to the museum. The volunteers (really sweet) sit at the desk by the entrance and go through the layout with you when you arrive, then you are free to explore. My husband is a war buff and thoroughly enjoyed the visit. Lots of different themed rooms to explore.... More 

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Hertford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

This is a great museum telling the history of the military on the island of Hawaii. It's housed in an old battery which they couldn't knocked down. Maned by volunteers and free to go to. Closed on Sun and Mon. Worth a visit for a few hours.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

very nice museum, worth a visit if you are interested in military history. Lots of WW2 equipment to see, including tanks. Gives also some insight on the history of Hawaii and the contributions of Hawaians to the US military

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

My friend and I had three hours free so we went to this museum and this place is set up really well. You really need at least five hours to see everything. One complaint was there were several kids running around making noise during a video. Parents need to keep there children quiet or don't bring them to this museum... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Fort DeRussey, right in Waikiki, is a former Army artillery position to repell an enemy landing. The thick walls now keep the interior cool, and the exhibits are well done, especially the Vietnam era.

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Gurgaon, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Very well preserved costal battery now converted to a Museum. It depicts the history of the Hawaiian Islands and how it developed into a nation state and subsequent merger into the US. The development of Hawaii as a bastion of the US in the mid Pacific is brought out in excellent photographs. Above all it also brings out the contribution... More 

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salt lake city
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Great military history of Hawaii and the brave men that fought for the U.S. during the different wars. Makes you feel embarrassed that the Hawaiians were respected and honored as they should have been. It is FREE, donations if you want!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

we didnt know what to expect here, but found it informative and interesting with a lot of history about Hawaii, and it efforts- mainly in WW2. def worth spending a couple of hours there

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aberdeen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

Enjoyed a visit here. The museum is in the old gun battery at the fort, and good explanations of what room you are in and each housing exhibits. Not really a place for young kids though

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California Hot Springs, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

My son asked if we could visit this museum so we went. It was actually really nice. They had great displays, lots of well preserved weapons, a nice short video about the work the Army Corps of Engineers does and of course the helicopter on the roof.

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