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US Army Museum of Hawaii

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Address: 2131 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1936
Phone Number: +1 808-955-9552
9:00 am - 4:15 pm
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Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

The Museum will be open from 9 am - noon on December 24, 2015 and closed on...

The Museum will be open from 9 am - noon on December 24, 2015 and closed on December 25, 2015 and January 1, 2016. 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 open Tuesday - Saturday from 9 am - 4:15 pm. The Hawaii Army Society Museum Store (HAMS) closes at 4 pm. The Museum is free to all. 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 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. HAMS is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization whose mission is to support the U. S. Army Museum of Hawaii. HAMS is a non-federal entity. It is not part of the Department of Defense or any of its components and has no government status.

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This is a must for history/military buffs, I even highly recommend it to people of all walks of life. Gives a good look in to the past of the locals of Hawaii and the US Army... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a must for history/military buffs, I even highly recommend it to people of all walks of life. Gives a good look in to the past of the locals of Hawaii and the US Army history

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place is amazing - staffed by knowledgeable ex-servicemen, plenty of history and interesting artifacts. There are parallel themes - occupation, defense, weaponry. The helicopter on the roof is a nice touch. Top tip: Take your time, and imagine what it would be like to be on active service here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a worth while break from the beaches and other attraction that takes you back to a time that shaped the world as we know it today. Take time to read the walls and appreciate the way it was.

Thank Bill A
Roswell, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We walked to the museum from our hotel. It was amazing to learn about the history! We are a retired Army family, and would recommend this museum to all!

Thank Neona M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Hard to find anything in Waikiki for free. This museum is free and is very , very good. Lots of history here about all of the conflicts Hawaiiins have been involved in. A few tanks out the front and a helicopter on the roof. Very well presented with lots of memorabilia, photos and explanations. This should please every one, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed touring this museum with daughter and grandsons, we also Army Corp of Engineers and watched an eight minute film of their work in Hawaii. It was very interesting.

Thank Mary H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

this is a very well presented exhibition with corridors of displays of the war in the pacific . A great educational visit for all ages. THis is a must to visit. WE learnt so much about the hardships of the interned Japanese locals .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tucked away just behind the beachfront at Waikiki is a little US Army Museum located in an old turn of the 20th century bunker. It is free and you are greeted by an informative and enthusiastic volunteer. It is laid out roughly in chronological order with a mixture of text displays, artifacts and some background noise appropriate to the era... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited here and found it to be really interesting. Not only does it have a lot of pieces, but it also has some Hawaiian history pieces so that was a pleasant surprise. There are several tanks and helicopters on display. The best part of all - IT'S FREE!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place:) everyone travel to hawaii has to visit it:) submarine and ships are great to see:) my little son loved it:)

Thank svetlanabalkova

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