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“a must to see”

US Army Museum of Hawaii
Ranked #17 of 324 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.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“a must to see”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

first it is very close to all hotels (good walk) a park is ajoining the museum and is relaxing.
You have to see all the excibits (allow a few hours and learn about what the locals went through with the japanese.
Funny thing there are a lot off japanese looking at the museum.

Visited October 2012
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“Hawaii Army Museum of Hawaii”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

I am so glad I finally stopped in to see the museum after walking by it so many times on Waikiki beach....every person visiting Hawaii should visit the museum. The "Viet Nam" experience in the hull of the Huey at the end of the tour brings back chilling vivid memories, some of the artifacts in the museum open up subjects you could never get out of a book. I will visit again.

Visited October 2012
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San Clemente, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great for kids”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

our son insists on a visit every time we are in Waikiki and he is only 5. It is FREE and will not take a long time to visit, but allows you to teach your children just a little history. Recommended.

Visited May 2012
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“Worth a visit if you are in the area”
Reviewed November 10, 2012

This is a small museum but is worth a visit if you are staying in Waikiki. As you would expect, it focuses on the Hawaiian experience and I thought the exhibits of the Hawaiian weaponry were interesting, although a few pieces were replicas. I would like to have seen more about this early period.

Visited October 2012
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“Amazing gem right at Waikiki”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

Take a few hours and visit the US Army Museum. You will walk away enlightened. It is pretty humorous also. Apparnetly they tried to knock it down years ago but could not because it is essentially a bunker and was meant to take explosions of all kinds. Inside you will learn about the US Army, famous battles, you can even view some Viet Nam era helicopters on the roof. Have fun!

Visited November 2012
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