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“Nice History Lesson”

US Army Museum of Hawaii
Ranked #20 of 331 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 July 22, 2013

We enjoyed our "history lesson" at the museum. We paid for the headphones to guide us through the museum, but the sound quality was SO bad, I would not recommend the extra purchase. Quality audio tours can make or break an event. In this case they failed. I would highly recommend they invest in more state of the art quality STEREO equipment.

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HAMSDirector, Executive Director at US Army Museum of Hawaii, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2013

Applejacker,
We are so sorry to hear that there was an issue with your audio tour and would have happily given you another or refunded your cost had it been reported. We do appreciate that you took the time to visit during your trip to Hawaii and we hope that you will do so again in the near future.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

I learned a lot especially how other nationalities came to the islands and about the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Gentleman who was the font desk was amazing. He had such a knowledge base and it was a pleasure taking with him.

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HAMSDirector, Executive Director at US Army Museum of Hawaii, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2013

Thank you so much for your comments on the volunteer who greeted you at our museum. We couldn't function without them. Our volunteer greeters set the tone for visitors to or museum. We will pass along your comments. Mahalo for taking the time to visit and to compliment our greeter!

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We stumbled upon this while walking, and wish we'd had more time to experience it. We only had about an hour before they closed (5:00 p.m.). It's a small place by large city museum standards, but VERY well done and very complete. It showcases WWII, Korean War and Vietnam, but mostly focuses on WWII and Pearl Harbor and Hawaii's involvement. There is no charge, but donations are most welcome.

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Reviewed July 19, 2013

This was a very insightful story of the Hawaiian participation in World War II. It's FREE, so you really must go. Great escape from the sun for about a half-hour as it's located right on Waikiki Beach

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Reviewed July 19, 2013

This is really a pretty good museum right by the beach. Several rooms and exhibits take you through the history of the army's presence in Hawaii. Quite a few weapons on display. Best of all it's FREE!

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