The US army museum houses an extensive collection of military weapons and equiment acquired through several wars and battles.
They are assembled in such a way to tell the story of Hawaii's involvement in the military dating from before westernization through the Gulf War & the war in Iraq. Originally built as a bunker as part of Hawaii's defense system it is now a museum.
There are various exhibits showing how events and advances in technology have affected how wars are fought. The impact of the Korean and Vietnam war are also explained as well as how Japanese Americans are now a part of the cultural landscape.
Additionally there is a Gallery of Heroes, a theatre and a detailed listing of military units that served in the US. Information is also also available about how Hawaii has defended itself in the Pacific region throughout history during ancient times.
Located in the western part of Waikiki next to the Hale Koa hotel on the ocean. Exact address is 2161 Kalia Road, Honolulu, HI 96815. Telephone 808-438-2821. Ft DeRussy & the Trump Tower hotel are across the street.
Parking is validated ath the Ft DeRussy parking lot across from the museum. $2 for the first hour, $1.25 for each additional hour.
Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 9am-5pm. Closed Sundays & Mondays. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. Audio tours can be rented and cost $5.
Some of the exhibits and collections on display are the military units that served in Hawaii since 1898 the US Army holiday dinner menus. Please keep in mind that the "Changing Gallery" rotates what is featured. At the time of this writing it is showing US Army Art.
Other exhibits include Hawaiian Warfare, Hawaii on Defense and Hawaii on Offense.
The idea is for them to tell a story from how the kingdom of Hawaii was created to how US soldiers defended the island and how local residents were involved.
Another exhibit is the Gallery of Heroes which shows and honors recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross.
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