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“surprising gem”

US Army Museum of Hawaii
Ranked #19 of 332 things to do in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed February 11, 2012

stumbled on this museum by accident & wow it was great. really interesting & very informative. a must see!

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Reviewed February 11, 2012

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

Thank tyddtn
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Reviewed February 6, 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

Thank FunOnly
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Reviewed February 5, 2012

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

Thank guinness/currant
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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

Thank diost
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