Hawai’i Army Museum Society(HAMS)
The Hawai’i Army Museum Society, HAMS, was founded by military veterans and patriotic members of the Honolulu community. Chartered in 1976 as a not-for-profit corporation, HAMS led the effort to turn Battery Randolph into the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii. Forty two years later, HAMS continues in its mission to support the museum by funding the development and maintenance of its galleries and exhibits.
Donald L. MacGregor, a Trustee Emeritus on the HAMS board, was a founding member of HAMS and wrote, “It was started by four of us. I was President of First Interstate Bank of Hawaii(now part of First Hawaiian), Bill Rowland, former President of Hawaiian Telephone, the Regional Manager of Braniff Airlines (name unknown), and the Commanding General at Ft. Shafter, MG Thomas U. Greer. In the early days, there wasn’t too much in the way of exhibits and so to help keep it operating, a loan was made to HAMS of $20,000. With the help of another Board member, Walter Tagawa, I was able to arrange a fine art sale in downtown Honolulu. It was highly successful and from the proceeds, the load was paid in addition to adding a nice sum of money to HAMS working capital. MG Herbert E Wolff succeeded MG Greer as Commanding General of U.S. Army Hawaii (USARHAW). He did absolutely a fantastic job, and I believe. is largely responsible for what the museum is today.”
The U.S. Army Museum of Hawai’i is operated by the U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii and serves both the military and civilian communities. The Museum is authorized and certified by the Commanding General, U.S. Army Center of Military History.