Travelled past it so many times and last year we spent 8 nights next door without inspecting it. Last visit, the wife had taken off with the other women to go (guess), so I decided to finally check out the Fort Derussy Military Museum without distraction.
What a surprise this place is. Such an excellent source of information on the history of Hawaii's involvement in conflicts over the last 100 years.The moment I entered I was greeted by friendly and klowledgeable attendants who gave me some good tips on getting the most from my visit. The displays were excellent and gave a good iverview of both the fort's history and the role of Hawaiian citizens in the wars of the 20th century.
A very moving part for me was the gallery of heroes, the section dedicated to the personnel who'd been awarded medals for exceptional service. I was stunned at the number of people that were awarded medals honouring their outstanding bravery. Hawaii is such a small place, with such a small population and here is documented proof of the valour/bravery of this complex mix of people who performed above and beyond their call to duty. I must say that when reading the numerous records of their valour (and the ultimate sacrifice so many gave) it was no surprise that I had someting in my eye. Almost unbelievable except this was real life, not Hollywood. Even though I am not Hawaiian nor American, I felt so humbled by it all.
Another display that blew me away was that of Eric Shinseki. A man that came as a baby from the horror of Hiroshima to become the Chief of Staff of the United States Army.
Do yourself a favour and vist this gem of history, but make sure you spend the time to explore it well.Edited: 3:18 am, August 24, 2013