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US Army Museum of Hawaii

2131 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1936
+1 808-955-9552
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Located in Waikiki, next door to the Hale Koa Hotel...admission is FREE. Closed Sundays & Monday... read more

Reviewed November 15, 2015
Honolulu, Hawaii
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Great museum. Entry is via donation. Definitely worth a visit. It is a bit of a hidden gem and... read more

Reviewed November 13, 2015
Brisbane, Australia
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The museum and the museum store are open Tuesday - Saturday from 10 AM - 5 PM. The Museum is free to all. 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. 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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2131 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1936
+1 808-955-9552
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Reviewed November 15, 2015

Located in Waikiki, next door to the Hale Koa Hotel...admission is FREE. Closed Sundays & Monday. Pay parking lot across the street if you drive...they will validate ticket for a lesser price. Plan about 1 -1 1/2 hours to view everything. Clean restrooms and a...More

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Reviewed November 13, 2015

Great museum. Entry is via donation. Definitely worth a visit. It is a bit of a hidden gem and worth stopping for.

Thank jctalkers
Reviewed November 12, 2015

Great museum with so much history on display, very informative and not boring - even my 2 sons enjoyed it! Definitely increased our knowledge about Hawaii and its role in the wars. Walking distance from hotels, malls and public transportation.

Thank ambareen2015
Reviewed November 12, 2015

I stumbled upon this as I was wandering around Waikiki, and I'm so glad I did. It was fascinating! It's basically a history of the army in Hawaii, with a big focus on Pearl Harbor and WWII. I spent a good hour and a half...More

Thank Michelle A
Reviewed November 11, 2015

Viewing this museum was worth the stop. The Vietnam Vet I was with added extra explanations as well as some of his experiences.

Thank Les P
Reviewed November 11, 2015

First time actually spending time in Waikiki, flipping through the tourist guides and saw the museum listed. What a great find! This is a small and friendly museum organized from the local perspective. Well organized and very informative. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank Tony P
Reviewed November 11, 2015

All dishes and sandwiches are great. Big portions. Affordable for family and friends. They serve alchohal. Sandwiches are also able to create your own.More

Thank Carol P
HAMSExecDir, HAMS Executive director at US Army Museum of Hawaii, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2015

Your post does not apply to the US Army Museum of Hawaii. We are neither located on Ford Island nor have a restaurant.. I believe you are referring to the Pacific Aviation Museum. However, we would love for you to visit our free museum in...More

Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

I only had limited time to take in this---gratefully free of charge--museum. What I did see was fine but felt like by skimming quickly through some sections, I wasn't missing out loads. (I.e. I didn't feel need to return)

Thank Alexandra B
Reviewed November 10, 2015

A Wonderful little museum, military history from ancient times to now. Great exhibits right next to waikiki beach.

Thank Les K
Reviewed November 7, 2015

We have visited the museum every time we go to Hawaii. Always see something we missed before. So much history. You can stay for hours.

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