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“us army museum of hawaii” 5 of 5 stars
Review of US Army Museum of Hawaii

US Army Museum of Hawaii
2131 Kalia Road, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815 (Waikiki)
+1 808-955-9552
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Ranked #17 of 123 Attractions in Honolulu
Type: History Museums, Military Museums, Museums
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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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“us army museum of hawaii”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2012

staff were very friendly people with lots of first hand experience who were willing to share their stories.

Visited January 2012
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“Educational and inspirational”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012

Free museum at Fort Derussy on the beach at Waikiki. Exhibits that focus on army life in Hawaii during WWII. Unique exhibits include a WWII Japanese light tank

The highlight for me was the exhibit on General Eric K. Shinseki, a second generation Japanese American born in Hawaii in 1942. In spite of the prejudice towards Japanese American he had a distinguished career in the US army becoming the 34th Army chief of staff of the US Army on June 22, 1999. He now serves as the secretary of the VA in the Obama administration

Visited February 2012
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“US Army Museum of Hawaii”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2012

Many rooms filled with artifacts of past wars. Great for the US history buff.

Visited July 2011
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“really good museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2012

definitely worth a visit - it is in an armory which they were unable to bulldoze - lots of exhibits - there are donation jars to give your support

Visited January 2012
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“Free museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2012

Great displays on the history of Hawaiian military in a converted bunker that was too tough to tear down,

Visited January 2012
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