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“History and the beach”

US Army Museum of Hawaii
Ranked #19 of 334 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 December 31, 2012

For a glimpse into history, this free museum fits the ticket. It's next to the Reef Hotel, so very convenient. Men who have served seem drawn to every exhibit, but for the rest of us there's a lot for general interest too.

Thank E-SFO
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

No fee and is close to the Honolulu Zoo. We walked from the zoo to the museum and was delighted by how well preserved and clean it was! No too many people when we went and is a great way to spend an afternoon! :)

Thank angela s
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

This was an awesome place to visit and reflect on the people who got this museum up and running. Free entry, a donation was given though and well worth giving. Run by very friendly people and the time taken to read on the history was well worth it. Keep up the great work in this museum

Thank Marianne T
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

Just happened to walk by and notice this museum as I had never heard about it. What a great museum with a ton of things to look at. Nice gift shop also and the vets that were there were fun to chat with. Worth the time.

Thank onemoretime
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

This Museum is a hidden gem in Waikiki. There is a wide variety of things here. From guns of all types, WW2 and even some Viet Nam displays. The building itself is interesting too. Even my wife liked it. Even has a gift shop. It's even FREE.

Thank Corvair65
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