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US Army Museum of Hawaii

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Neighbourhood: Waikiki
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Address: 2131 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1936
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+1 808-955-9552
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09:00 - 16:15
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Tue - Sat 09:00 - 16:15
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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The Museum will be open from 9 am - noon on December 24, 2015 and closed on...

The Museum will be open from 9 am - noon on December 24, 2015 and closed on December 25, 2015 and January 1, 2016. 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. The museum is open Tuesday - Saturday from 9 am - 4:15 pm. The Hawaii Army Society Museum Store (HAMS) closes at 4 pm. The Museum is free to all. Audio 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.

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A Look Back in Time of Amercia' Military

An interesting self guided tour of Amercia' military history, from the mid 1800's through to today.The displays were tastefully set out, along with a written description of the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 September 2015
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2015

An interesting self guided tour of Amercia' military history, from the mid 1800's through to today.The displays were tastefully set out, along with a written description of the scene or item. Well worth taking the time to visit the Museum (entry is free) which is located within beautiful grounds and easy walking distance within Waikiki

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Redding, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2015

On Oahu in Waikiki. We spent two hours in this free facility. The history of our Army was very inspiring. Parking is across the street and your ticket can be validated at the museum.

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San Diego, California, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2015

A lot to see in such a small space, very interesting. It won't take long, but worth for a short visit.

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Hobart, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2015

This museum plots America's role in the many wars it served in. What I found particularly interesting was the role performed by the American born Japanese which ultimately lead to the defeat of the Japanese even though their fellow Americans treated them with suspicion.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2015

This is a great place for military history buffs. It's not that big but there's a lot within a small space. Good for a quick trip in the afternoon (wouldn't take too long, 1-2 hours)

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2015

You only really see this place because of the military canon and small tanks sitting in front. It is rather a low, plain looking building, and for a very good reason. It was the original gun mount for Battery Randolph that mounted two huge cannon to protect the coastline of Honolulu. The mounts can still be seen on the roof,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2015

Interesting museum full of Hawaii's war history. There is no entrance fee but donations are very welcome.

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Langley, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

Very informative historical guide to the American Wars and the persons involved - was certainly more detailed than we imagined this museum would be

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Sydney , Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

WOW, What an incredible place to visit. Very moving with some of the displays, Very detailed and considering its location everyone should go see this display. The detail of the past is done with such care and attention it shows a lot of respect and honors the brave soldiers that lived and fought for Hawaii and the USA

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

Loved the way they have everything displayed. You feel like you are actually there. Glad we made the tour.

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