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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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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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Great for military minded folks. First rate museum

If your partner is not interested in the military, or military history, go by yourself while he/she shops. If you get rushed or hurry through, you will miss some great reading... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 October 2015
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2015

If your partner is not interested in the military, or military history, go by yourself while he/she shops. If you get rushed or hurry through, you will miss some great reading and displays. The items are fantastic, well maintained and restored items. Worth a visit for sure, just don't rush it.

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Holiday, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2015

Within a short walk from our hotel. Free museum and very informative. Great to learn some factoids before hitting the Pearl Harbor sites.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015

My husbands Dad worked in this building years ago when it was still a military base so it was interesting to go inside 35 plus years later to see it now.

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Vista, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015

the museum is free and well worth stopping in and viewing the exhibits. Plan on spending at least one hour here. So much to see.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

Found this museum while walking around the area. The museum is pretty small and has some very interesting information. The tank outside is pretty neat, and there's an attack helicopter on top of the roof that you can access. Too bad it's blocked off so you can't really take pictures inside the helicopter - that would be pretty cool. The... More 

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HAMSExecDir, HAMS Executive Director at US Army Museum of Hawaii, responded to this review

The US Army Museum of Hawaii is operated by the US Army and has always been free to all who visit. For 40 years, Hawaii Army Museum Society (HAMS) has supported the US Army Museum of Hawaii through its donation boxes and through sales in the museum store. Thank you for visiting while in Oahu. More 

Manteca, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

This is a GREAT museum. Don't let the outside fool you it is much larger than it looks. So much informatio and relics of several different wars. We really enjoyed it and would highly recommend a visit.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2015

The US Army Museum of Hawaii is easy to access since it close to Waikiki beach. Besides, it has some weapons show in front of the Museum and attract you to take a picture and go inside.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2015

This museum was located less than a block from our hotel, and I had not read anything about it before going to Honolulu. We decided to see it, and to our surprise, it was free. It turned out to be an excellent museum. Its mission is to present artifacts that reflect the history of the U.S. Army in Hawaii and... More 

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Nipomo, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2015

This museum was within walking distance of the hotel. Very interesting museum, told a wonderful story of the US Army.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2015

We sort of knew about the museum but did not intend to visit until we walked past it. What a gem. A great history lesson, not just on Hawaii but on the impact of WW2. Quite even handed in approach it appeared. Well done

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