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“Excellent attraction.” 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 #18 of 155 attractions in Honolulu
Type: Museums, History Museums, Military Museums
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Attention!!! U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii will have shortened hours from July 15th through July 26th, 2014. The hours for these days will be from 9 AM - 3:45 PM The Hawaii Army Museum Society's (HAMS) Museum Store will remain open with hours of operation: Monday-Friday from 9 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. We apologize for any inconvenience. 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 9am - 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Audio tours are available for rent from the Society for a small fee in both English and Japanese.
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“Excellent attraction.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

This museum is the result of what happens when you try to knock a 1911 military battery down with a wrecking-ball,but it wont budge!!.... you turn it into a super cool museum.
Before you enter,you are bowled over by the enormous military equipment that salute you. once inside, you enter a dark,cell-like atmosphere-the belly of an antique coastal defence system. Every exhibit is well presented and covers everything from ancient Hawaiian warfare to Pearl Harbour and on to the Vietnam war. visit. loved it
Excellent visit.

Visited January 2013
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“Excellent museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Well worth a few hours. Free entrance. Interesting museum of Waikiki seafront with lots of artefacts to look at.

Visited November 2013
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“Informative and intricate US Army Museum in a beautiful setting.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Museum displayed both US and Japanese WW11 weapons.Displays include small arms, machine guns,mortars,artillery. Rooftop helicopter display was great.Army Corp of Engineers Office at Museum displayed water shed control projects including creation of Ala Wai Canal and Waikiki area.

Visited November 2013
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“High quality military museum concentrating on Hawaii”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

This is a museum in a former gun battery (very thick concrete) that concentrates on the US Army in Hawaii, this site in particular. The grounds are still a military base, now a recreation center. Exhibits also cover Hawaii during WW2, and how it affected the local population. There is a particular emphasis on the units of Japanese descended persons (442 RCT/100 Infantry). There is also a gallery devoted to General Shinseki, Hawaiian born who became Chief of Staff of the Army, and Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

The hard part was finding the building....signage is lacking on the base.

Visited November 2013
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“Good and Free! Worth a stop for sure.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Learned a lot about the Japanese Americans from Hawaii and their role in World War II. Also saw lots of German and Japanese artifacts as well as old guns and weapons.




Visited November 2013
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