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US Army Museum of Hawaii
Ranked #19 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 March 20, 2014

Worth sending a hour of your vacation time if the subject matter interests you. Free admission with a sign in guest book/donation box. Our second visit as it is a quiet, low pressure option to spend an hour away from the pace of Honolulu.

Thank MacBritishColumbia
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Reviewed March 19, 2014

Great overview of US military involvement in various wars. Plenty of artefacts and scaled models to look at, as well as real vehicles of tanks and helicopters.

Thank Rube1964
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Reviewed March 19, 2014

We visited this museum while in Hawaii. It is free, although they do have donation boxes throughout the museum and they run strictly off volunteers and donations, so please give something. It is much larger than what it looked like at the front. Housed in an old military fort, it is neat to see the extra rooms and overhead transit systems. I am not a history person, but I did enjoy walking through all the different rooms, seeing the tanks out front, and helicopter on the 2nd floor. We probably spent a good two hours walking through and reading all the information, taking pictures, etc. I would recommend visiting when in Honolulu.

Thank eqhntr78
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Reviewed March 17, 2014

It was a raining in Waikiki we have been to Hawaii quite a few times but this was only the second time it had rain so we were looking for somewhere to go other then the beach
Our hotel was near Hawaii Army Museum - from the moment we walked into the building a lovely
gentlemen greeted us
It was so much bigger then we realized and so much to read about on each of the war's and the building of how it served in the WWII and to read about General Eric K Shinseki and his journey of becoming a General very moving
This Museum is well worth a visit - make sure you keep a good few hours to look thru it
Also the Gentlemen in the Shop was very helpful and so much knowledge about hawaii and the Museum

Thank 739Malcolm49
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Reviewed March 16, 2014

The museum is definitely worth a visit. It is a free museum - donations requested. It tells a story about the Japanese soldiers that was lost when I learned about the history about Pearl Harbor.

Thank gruberlc
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