Hawai'i Army Museum Society

Hawai'i Army Museum Society The Hawai'i Army Museum Society is a non-profit organization supporting the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii with the development and maintenance of the museum galleries and exhibits.
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Did you know that in WWII playing cards, known as Spotter Cards, were designed to help soldiers differentiate between al...
02/11/2021

Did you know that in WWII playing cards, known as Spotter Cards, were designed to help soldiers differentiate between allied and enemy aircraft. They looked and felt like traditional playing cards, but included information such as the aircraft’s silhouette, name and pertinent details about the aircraft. In addition, the United States Playing Card Company (USPCC) cooperated with the U.S. Government in creating clandestine decks given to POWs; these cards could be moistened and peeled apart to reveal escape maps.

If you’d like to have your own set of Spotter Playing cards, visit our online store at the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii:

https://store.hiarmymuseumsoc.org/search?type=product&q=spotter+cards&search=

The 25th Infantry of Hawaii after undergoing major reorganizations in 1957 and 1963 to adapt to changing tactics, the di...
02/06/2021

The 25th Infantry of Hawaii after undergoing major reorganizations in 1957 and 1963 to adapt to changing tactics, the division deployed to South Vietnam to fight in the Vietnam War between late 1965 and early 1966. The 25th served in Vietnam until its withdrawal back to Hawaii in 1970–1971, participating in Operation Attleboro, Operation Cedar Falls, Operation Junction City, the Battle of Saigon during the North Vietnamese Tet Offensive, and the Cambodian Incursion. It was reorganized as a light infantry division in 1985, and elements have participated in the Iraq War and the War in Afghanistan.
Please visit our web store to see our wide selection of items to show your support the 25th Infantry of Hawaii.
https://store.hiarmymuseumsoc.org/collections/25th-infantry

Support the U.S. Army of Hawaii's Vietnam Gallery Summer reopening by purchasing one of our Vietnam hats. All store proc...
02/03/2021

Support the U.S. Army of Hawaii's Vietnam Gallery Summer reopening by purchasing one of our Vietnam hats. All store proceeds go to the development and maintenance of the museum exhibits. To explore the full selection of hats that we offer, go to www.store/hiarmymuseumsoc.org. We look forward to seeing you soon and hope that you come by to visit our newest exhibit.

Opening soon is our Vietnam War exhibit.  While still under renovations we hope to open the new exhibit to the public, S...
02/01/2021

Opening soon is our Vietnam War exhibit. While still under renovations we hope to open the new exhibit to the public, Summer 2021. Please don't forget to stop in and see the exhibit or purchase some of our Vietnam memorabilia at our Museum Store.
www.hiarmymuseumsoc.org #hiarmymuseumsociety #armymuseum #usarmymuseumofhawaii

Challenge Coins have been around since the Roman Empire rewarding soldiers by recognizing their achievements in battle. ...
01/28/2021

Challenge Coins have been around since the Roman Empire rewarding soldiers by recognizing their achievements in battle. Soldiers who acted bravely in battle would be rewarded buying that individual a drink. They would give that soldier a coin to buy the drink, but more commonly, they would make a spectacle by slapping it down loudly on the bar or presenting them a coin in an informal group setting. Receiving a coin from an officer was generally a considerably more valuable coin and rarely presented.
The modern day Challenge Coin as seen below originated during the first World War and were also given as thank yous or for special recognition of services rendered to a unit. This Challenge Coin commemorates the 442nd Regimental Combat Team that so valiantly fought during WWII. To purchase this coin or to see our current collection of challenge coins visit, https://store.hiarmymuseumsoc.org/products/100-442-challenge-commemorative-coin. #hiarmymuseumsociety #army museum #ft.derussy

Don't forget to check out the National Veteran's Network WWII Nisei Soldier Exhibit. This virtual presentation gives you...
01/25/2021
NVN World War II Nisei Soldier Exhibit Virtual Preview National Museum of the U.S. Army

Don't forget to check out the National Veteran's Network WWII Nisei Soldier Exhibit. This virtual presentation gives you a sneak peak into the exhibit at the National Museum of the U.S. Army at Ft. Belvoir. The presentation highlights some of the objects on display as well as the collaboration utilized to build this world reknown exhibit.

This is a recording of the WWII Nisei Soldier Exhibit Virtual Preview of the National Museum of the U.S. Army held in July 2020. This will be screened on Sat...

Don't forget to check out the next episode in the National Veteran's Network NextGen Series.  Two students will learn ab...
01/25/2021
NVN NextGen: Students Learn about Gary Uchida and the bag that traveled with him during WWII

Don't forget to check out the next episode in the National Veteran's Network NextGen Series. Two students will learn about Gary Uchida's travel bag that he carried throughout his tour of duty with the 100th Infantry Battalion in WWII. This episode gives these students a rare look at the soldier and his legacy.

The National Veterans Network is excited to share the second video of NVN NextGen: A conversational virtual series where the next generation of Japanese Amer...

Like Martin Luther King, Mark Twain knew that it all begins with a dream.  From the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii, dream bi...
01/18/2021

Like Martin Luther King, Mark Twain knew that it all begins with a dream. From the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii, dream big, dream often and never stop dreaming!!

12/31/2020

Happy New Year! Be Safe and Cheers to You! We can't wait to see you in 2021!!

Merry Christmas from our house to yours!  Sending you all our heartfelt wishes for a joyful day!
12/24/2020

Merry Christmas from our house to yours! Sending you all our heartfelt wishes for a joyful day!

From all of us at the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii.  We thank you for your continued support  throughout this past year.  ...
12/14/2020

From all of us at the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii. We thank you for your continued support throughout this past year. We couldn't do it without you!!

May your season be blessed and filled with much joy and happiness!!!

Thank you for your service Whitey. We miss you.
12/03/2020

Thank you for your service Whitey. We miss you.

This January the USPS has chosen a Nisei Veteran to be depicted on a stamp. We are so excited that it was one of our museum volunteers, Shiroku "Whitey" Yamamoto. While Whitey is no longer with us his spirit of patriotism, commarderie and love for his country are still celebrated at the U.S.Army Museum of Hawaii Congratulations Whitey!! You will always be in our hearts!! Thank you for your service.

This January the USPS has chosen a Nisei Veteran to be depicted on a stamp.  We are so excited that it was one of our mu...
12/03/2020

This January the USPS has chosen a Nisei Veteran to be depicted on a stamp. We are so excited that it was one of our museum volunteers, Shiroku "Whitey" Yamamoto. While Whitey is no longer with us his spirit of patriotism, commarderie and love for his country are still celebrated at the U.S.Army Museum of Hawaii Congratulations Whitey!! You will always be in our hearts!! Thank you for your service.

Hawai'i Army Museum Society
11/11/2020

Hawai'i Army Museum Society

Happy Veteran’s Day!! In honor of our Veterans we’re offering 15% off all Veteran merchandise.

Shop at: store/hiarmymuseumsoc.org

Happy Veteran’s Day!!  In honor of our Veterans we’re offering 15% off all Veteran merchandise. Shop at:  store/hiarmymu...
11/11/2020

Happy Veteran’s Day!! In honor of our Veterans we’re offering 15% off all Veteran merchandise.

Shop at: store/hiarmymuseumsoc.org

10/20/2020

Time to get your Christmas Shopping on....become a Hawaii Army Museum Member today.

Society Members get 15% off purchases. Click on the link to sign up .

Happy Birthday to the U.S. Navy! Don't forget to check out our October Promotion - 15% off all Navy Accessories.Shop onl...
10/13/2020

Happy Birthday to the U.S. Navy! Don't forget to check out our October Promotion - 15% off all Navy Accessories.

Shop online at hiarmymuseumsoc.org today! We ship anywhere in the world and offer curbside pick-up for those on Oahu.

Hope to see you all soon!
10/09/2020
Free in Waikiki?

Hope to see you all soon!

You may recall from my editorial that I had recently been on a trip with my wife to the Hawaiian islands of Maui and Oahu, amazing places…

Help us to keep everyone safe.  Please support our efforts.  We look forward to seeing you!!
10/07/2020

Help us to keep everyone safe. Please support our efforts.

We look forward to seeing you!!

In honor of the U.S. Navy's Birthday, we are offering, during the month of October, 15% off all of our Navy Accessories ...
10/01/2020

In honor of the U.S. Navy's Birthday, we are offering, during the month of October, 15% off all of our Navy Accessories including hats, pins, wallets, and more.

Shop on-line today!!

We are happy to announce that the Museum will be opening Oct. 6th, 2020 with some COVID restrictions.  For details conce...
09/30/2020

We are happy to announce that the Museum will be opening Oct. 6th, 2020 with some COVID restrictions. For details concerning those guidelines, please check out our website at hiarmymuseumsoc.org or contact us at (808)955-9552.

We've missed all of you and hope to see you soon!!

Happy Birthday to the U.S. Air Force!!!#HiARMY #hiarmymuseumsoc #armymuseum #hiarmymuseum
09/18/2020

Happy Birthday to the U.S. Air Force!!!#HiARMY #hiarmymuseumsoc #armymuseum #hiarmymuseum

Wishing everyone a great holiday!  #hiarmymuseum #hiarmymuseumsoc
09/07/2020

Wishing everyone a great holiday! #hiarmymuseum #hiarmymuseumsoc

08/22/2020
The Go For Broke Spirit

Please help our friend and author, Shane Sato, identify the people in his photo. Any assistance you could provide would greatly appreciated.

Tokio & Suye Ueyama opened Bunkado, a gift shop after returning home from being incarcerated during WWII. Now, 74 years after it opened, the store is owned and operated by Tokio and Suye’s niece, Irene Tsukada Simonian who sent us this photo along with this story.

If you know the family of the person in the photo in the video, contact us at [email protected]

As we approach the 75th Anniversary of the end of WWII, we applaude the USS Missouri for the key role she played.  Her l...
08/15/2020

As we approach the 75th Anniversary of the end of WWII, we applaude the USS Missouri for the key role she played. Her lasting fame rests not on her awesome firepower, but her role as a peacemaker. It was on her upper deck that Japan formally surrendered to the Allied Powers on September 2, 1945 to end WWII. Help us commemorate this epic moment by shopping at the US Army Museum of Hawaii Museum Store for you USS Missouri memorabilia.

The U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii opened 1976 shortly after the Hale Koa Hotel opened.
08/12/2020

The U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii opened 1976 shortly after the Hale Koa Hotel opened.

Back in time... to 1975
Fort DeRussy and the Hale Koa Hotel as it prepared to open with Honolulu in the background. Please share any photos or stories you may have during these times, we'd love to hear them.
🏝️
#halekoahotel #AFRCResort #hawaii #waikiki #history

08/06/2020
Ernie Pyle Tribute Video

One of America's best known journalists, Ernie Pyle, celebrated his 120 birthday this past week. Help the Ernie Pyle Legacy Foundation perpetuate and celebrate his extraordinary life and legacy.

To learn more about this Pullitzer Prize winner watch:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHCsgoull3Q&feature=youtu.be

Each year, the Ernie Pyle Legacy Foundation celebrates National Ernie Pyle Day on August 3rd, Ernie’s birthday to honor his outstanding achievements and expe...

Hoping everyone had a great Memorial Day Weekend!  Please continue to stay vigilant by washing your hands, wearing your ...
05/26/2020

Hoping everyone had a great Memorial Day Weekend! Please continue to stay vigilant by washing your hands, wearing your mask, and social distancing.

05/01/2020
American Story: Japanese American WWII Soldiers and the Congressional Gold Medal

Please watch the video and help us to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Their sacrifice, loyalty, heroism and patriotism will never be forgotten! Once the guarantine is lifted, don't forget to visit the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii to learn more about the 442nd/100th "Purple Heart" Battalion. Admission is free!

Ernie Pyle was a world reknown war correspondent/journalist who won over the hearts of soldiers and the American public ...
04/15/2020

Ernie Pyle was a world reknown war correspondent/journalist who won over the hearts of soldiers and the American public with simple, honest straightforward approach to storytelling. On the anniversary of his death, learn more about this American icon:

https://hiarmymuseumsoc.org/war-corresponden…alist-ernie-pyle/

#ErniePyleLegacyFoundation #HAMS #USArmyMuseumofHawaii #HawaiiArmyMuseumSociety

We know everyone is going a little stir crazy with the Stay Home order, but don't forget to not only social distance you...
04/10/2020

We know everyone is going a little stir crazy with the Stay Home order, but don't forget to not only social distance yourself, but wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, and stay home if you feel sick. All of this will help to get our lives back to normal. Any small part you can do, can make a difference!

What makes a good Military Working Dog?  How are they selected?  And how long have they being supporting our soldiers?  ...
04/08/2020

What makes a good Military Working Dog? How are they selected? And how long have they being supporting our soldiers? To learn more about Military Working Dogs (MWDs), select the link below:

https://hiarmymuseumsoc.org/a-history-of-mil…orking-dogs-mwds/

#MWDs #HAMS #USArmyMuseumofHawaii #HawaiiArmyMuseumSociety

April 5th, 2020 is National Go For Broke Day commemorating a group of soldiers who not only sacrificed for this country,...
04/01/2020

April 5th, 2020 is National Go For Broke Day commemorating a group of soldiers who not only sacrificed for this country, but changed our world for the better. They are part of our greatest generation!!

To learn more about these courageous men, click here: https://hiarmymuseumsoc.org/the-go-for-broke-battalion/

#442 #GoForBroke #HAMS #USArmyMuseumofHawaii #HawaiiArmyMuseumSociety

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2131 Kalia Rd.
Honolulu, HI
96815

General information

Founded in 1976, the Hawaii Army Museum Society (HAMS) is a 501(c)(3) charitable, not-for-profit organization.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

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(808) 955-9552

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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.

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Assistance, please. Please read. 1972 and prior photographs of Hauula, Oahu's Kekala Kolololio Alligator Pond beach. Take a look at your old photographs. Reward or donation to your favorite charity if we can get a dated photograph of our house showing our sea wall 1972 or prior. Many, many thanks. FYI Our home was a military residence for training built in 1938
The staff at the Hawaii Army Museum are terrific to deal with.
The staff at this museum store is fabulous to deal with.
This is where I work and we have created a page to help us. If you could like this page I would appreciate it. Mahalo!