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Aloha and Welcome to a most unusual glimpse into Hawai'i's past!

Helicopters, tanks, guns now silenced, and vacant bunkers welcome you to the U.S. Army Museum of Hawai'i. Once a bastion built to protect Hawai'i from invading forces, the structure now houses a Museum that tells the military story of Hawai'i, from ancient times to the Vietnam War. Each of these hostilities is covered graphically in separate displays with photographs and sound effect creating a real "you were there" experience.


If You Visit Us ...

The Hawai'i Army Museum is located in Honolulu, Hawaii, on the grounds of the Hale Koa Hotel and the Ft. DeRussy Recreation Center in Waikiki.

Open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am until 5 pm (Closed Sunday & Monday)

The Museum Store will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am until 4:45 pm.

Audio tours are available for rent @ $5 each ($2.50 each for Society members).


Admission: Free ... however, donations are always welcome.

Parking: We validate parking for the US Army Museum of Hawaii @ Fort DeRussy Parking Facilities. With validation the fee is:

$2.00 for the first hour (or fraction thereof)

$1.25 for each additional hour (or fraction thereof)

Please present your Parking Ticket to the receptionist for validation.

Directions to the Museum

The Hawai'i Army Museum is located on the West edge of Waikiki, along Kalia Road, on the grounds of the Hale Koa Hotel and the Ft. DeRussy Recreation Center. Below are two maps showing its location - click to enlarge and print.


From Central Waikiki (Driving)

  • Head north (inland, or mauka) to Ala Wai Boulevard, a one-way street that runs northwest along the Ala Wai Canal. Stay in the left lane.
  • After Pau Street, turn left on Niu Street. Niu Street, one block long, technically ends at the next intersection with Kalakaua Avenue, but you will want to go straight across onto Ala Moana Boulevard. You will see Ft. DeRussy on your left.
  • Get into the left lane, and at the next light, turn left onto Kalia Road.
  • You will pass the Hilton Hawaiian Village, then the Hale Koa Hotel. The road narrows and winds gently. After about 100 yards, you should see the Hawai'i Army Museum on your right (look for the sign, and the tanks and cannons in front of the building). However, parking is across the street on the left.

From Central Waikiki (Walking)

  • Get onto Kalakaua Avenue, the main street in Waikiki, and start walking northwest (against traffic).
  • Turn left at Saratoga Road (note that streets in Hawai'i often change names as they cross each other - if you hit Kalaimoku Street you've gone too far). You should now be heading southwest (toward the ocean or makai).
  • When Saratoga Road ends, turn right on Kalia Road. The U.S. Army Museum will be right there, near the intersection.

From West/Central O'ahu

  • Get onto H-1 East. After you pass the Isenberg Street and University Avenue exits, get off at the King Street exit (Exit 25A).
  • Go straight at the first light, passing the Foodland supermarket (it will be on your right), and turn right onto Kapahulu Avenue (the second light, which is under the freeway).
  • Follow Kapahulu Avenue all the way down (south, toward the ocean, or makai, about a mile and a half), staying in the right lane. Watch for Herbert and Kainana Streets on your left, then a water pumping station and the Waikiki Library on your right.
  • Turn right onto Ala Wai Boulevard. (A right-turn lane will begin in front of the library, which will take you to the right of a large plant-and-waterfall traffic island.)
  • From here, follow the directions for "From Central Waikiki (Driving)" above.

From East O'ahu

  • Get onto H-1 West. After you pass the Waialae Avenue and Kapiolani Boulevard exits, get off at the King Street exit (Exit 25A).
  • Make an immediate left (no light, opposite the Hawaii Humane Society on the right).
  • Negotiate the merge with traffic coming off H-1 West, go straight at the first light (passing the Foodland supermarket on your right), and turn right onto Kapahulu Avenue (the second light, which is under the freeway).
  • Follow Kapahulu Avenue all the way down (south, toward the ocean, or makai, about a mile and a half), staying in the right lane. Watch for Herbert and Kainana Streets on your left, then a water pumping station and the Waikiki Library on your right.
  • Turn right onto Ala Wai Boulevard. (A right-turn lane will begin in front of the library, which will take you to the right of a large plant-and-waterfall traffic island.)
  • From here, follow the directions for "From Central Waikiki (Driving)" above.
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