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“Interesting and free-good supplement to Pearl Harbor tour”

US Army Museum of Hawaii
Ranked #20 of 333 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 August 12, 2013

It was raining and we happened to be passing by the museum, so we went in to see what it's all about. My husband enjoys military history so I didn't mind going, but was less enthusiastic than he was. My interest, however, increased quickly due to the thorough displays, models, and artifacts. I actually really enjoyed the sections about Pearl Harbor, which alone made my visit worthwhile. The overview of Hawaii's military history was impressive and interesting. There was also a historian on the site who has written several books and he was enjoyable to talk with. We didn't watch the video as it was crowded. The gift shop was nice with a fairly large selection and variety of items. We were there for about an hour and saw most everything (except for video).

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Reviewed August 9, 2013

A very interesting museum full of photographs of the islands involvement in WW2. Very detailed information and full of equipment including 'souvenirs' brought back from the conflict.

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Reviewed August 7, 2013

We stayed at the Outrigger Reef on the beach which is adjacent to the museum. The volunteers (really sweet) sit at the desk by the entrance and go through the layout with you when you arrive, then you are free to explore. My husband is a war buff and thoroughly enjoyed the visit. Lots of different themed rooms to explore. It's very well set up and put together. I loved the old photos. Worth visiting for a couple of hours.

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Reviewed August 6, 2013

This is a great museum telling the history of the military on the island of Hawaii. It's housed in an old battery which they couldn't knocked down. Maned by volunteers and free to go to. Closed on Sun and Mon. Worth a visit for a few hours.

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Reviewed August 3, 2013

very nice museum, worth a visit if you are interested in military history. Lots of WW2 equipment to see, including tanks. Gives also some insight on the history of Hawaii and the contributions of Hawaians to the US military

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