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US Army Museum of Hawaii
Ranked #19 of 335 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 November 26, 2012

visit this every trip. loaded with military history. very easy to miss unless you know its there, especially from the beach side. guess that was the idea during the days when invasion was expected from the ocean.

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HAMSDirector, Executive Director at US Army Museum of Hawaii, responded to this reviewResponded December 1, 2012

Mahalo for visiting our Museum and for taking the time to post your review. We hope your travels will return you to Hawaii soon.

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Reviewed November 25, 2012

This museum is brilliant and it is free! The displays are informative and educational. They have gone to alot of effort with the displays. Even people who arent into War type stuff will absolutely love it! Just make sure that you check the opening times as some days the museum is not open. I highly recommend this museum and i can guarentee you will leave having learnt something new and broadened your knowledge. Great museum!!

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HAMSDirector, Executive Director at US Army Museum of Hawaii, responded to this reviewResponded December 1, 2012

Mahalo for taking the time during your recent trip to Waikiki to visit the US Army Museum of Hawaii Hopefullly you will be able to visit again in the near future.

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Reviewed November 22, 2012

Really liked this place. It used to be a fort/big gun emplacement. In the 70's (I think) they tried to knock it down, but it is so well made and strong that they gave up! The guys who know construction will get a kick out of that and the pictures.
Lots of firearm displays, and some fascinating history about the early history of the Hawaiian Islands.

Very inspiring display upstairs telling the stories of Hawaiian MOH recipients.

Well worth the visit. The guys can hide here for awhile, and the women can head to the Mall. # 42 bus takes you past here on the way to Ala Moana Mall. Also Aloha bus.
Free admission. Gift shop. Didn't see any food.

Thank mosanator
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

This is a great museum and it is right on Waikiki Beach and it is free!

If you have hiked up Diamond Head and seen the artillery positions located there this museum will help you to understand how they were interconnected with shore defences on Oahu.

I really enjoyed it but you have to be careful with the hours because it closes pretty early.

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HAMSDirector, Executive Director at US Army Museum of Hawaii, responded to this reviewResponded November 23, 2012

Mahalo! For your review of the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii. We appreciate that you visited during your recent stay in Waikiki. Our hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 9AM until 5PM.

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Reviewed November 21, 2012 via mobile

This museum is free and its a must see when on Waikiki. The amazing display of weapons from way back in the 1500's. to modern day times was fantastic. A lot of history about Hawaii was appreciated. The photos taken after the attack on Pearl Harbor was done to perfection. You don't have to be a veteran to appreciate this museum. The helicopter and large cannon on the roof was worth the trip. I enjoyed watching an old clip of bob hope with the movie stars as he entertained the troops. Betty Horton, Lana turner and Judy garland were featured.

Thank GrammyJ43
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