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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
Phone Number: +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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It's worth it to go n the base and visit this museum. You'll get a full sense of the military history and how the natives came about to be eating spam.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 August 2015
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Placencia, Belize
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2015

It's worth it to go n the base and visit this museum. You'll get a full sense of the military history and how the natives came about to be eating spam.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2015

Want to meet a true American Hero? If you're lucky, Whitey Yamamoto might be behind the front desk!! He's an unassuming guy, 93 years old, who served with the 442nd RCT, otherwise known as the Nisei Corps, the most decorated unit of WWII. I enjoyed chatting with him, and got him to sign my copy of "American Samurais" (available in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2015

Stumbled on this small but excellent museum in Fort DeRussy Beach Park. Includes native Hawaiian military history as well as U.S Military presence.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2015

The museum is free of charge and it has a lot of exhibits. Very impressive and worth a walk through.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015

This museum is situated in the lovely Ft DeRussy Park. Covers all era's of the US Military with an emphasis on Hawaii. It was very interesting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015

Free admission Army Museum with great exhibits inside and out. My husband & I thoroughly enjoyed the war exhibits and learning about the effects on the people and landscape of Oahu. Fascinating history that we were unaware of. I'm sure a lot of people are unaware of this little "gem" - so if you are visiting, add to your "must... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015 via mobile

Really enjoyed it . We stumbled upon this museum whilst walking from our hotel what a great find. It was laid out really well and easy to find our way round.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2015

Great Museum run by some great volunteers. It was a great visit. A heap of information and artefacts on display. Great explanation of the wars. Kids even found it interesting. A must to visit it is also free. Well by donation.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2015

This museum is free and has wonderful exhibits. The location is incredible ( right by the beach) and there is alot to learn here. It was nice to see exhibits showcasing stories of local hero's and also a bit about the polynesian history. Make time to see it all. We ran out of time and had to hurry up through... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2015

I didn't know about this museum, but my fiancee and I came across it and i was really cool. Amazing walk through the museum at your leisure and very informative. All kept up by donation and volunteers. Great history of the Army and the military of the Islands, plus all of the wars of our great nation combined.

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