Executive Director for the Hawaii Army Museum Society Retiring
As of March 31, 2018 Victoria Olsen is retiring as the Executive Director for the Hawaii Army Museum Society.
The Executive Director reports to the President, HAMS and the Executive Committee (EXCOM). As a member of the EXCOM, performs a key role in advising the members on the status of operations, assists in the development of HAMS policy, and long-range budgeting and planning efforts. Click here for more information on position.
New Museum Hours
The hours of operation for the museum are changing on March 7th to: Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am until 5 PM. The hours will be the same for the store and the museum.
2017 Ihe Award - Allen K. Hoe
We are pleased to announce the 2017 Ihe Award to Allen K Hoe.
In ancient Hawai’i, the warrior who was honored by service to the Chief kept himself in readiness to meet every challenge. Perfect physical condition and mental alertness allowed him to respond quickly to any demand. One symbol of this readiness was the spear, or Ihe, which was always at the warrior’s side.
In the creation of this Ihe Award, artist Umi Kai has enhanced the concept of preparedness by adding the essence of the ‘o’o, the tool utilized by ancient farmers, symbolizing the care and nurturing of the 'aina, the land and its people.
The Ihe is constructed of koa wood, and is supported by a block of ‘ohi’a wood, both unique to Hawai’i. They are strong and solid, and appropriate for the recognition of Hawai’i’s warriors, also known as koa. The base is of specially selected rock to indicate the solid foundation of the ever-ready warrior.
The Hawai’i Army Museum Society presents this award to Allen K. Hoe for his contributions to the military and civilian communities and continued dedicated service to the people of Hawai’i.
Now Playing in the
Changing Gallery Theater
"Tropic Lightning: Ready to Strike"
From “The Big Picture” television series.
Produced by The Office of the Chief of Information by the Army Pictoral Center, 1968.
Run time: 28 minutes
Audio Tours Now Available
The U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii is very pleased to now offer Audio Tours to enhance your visit to the Museum.
You may rent one of the audio tours for $5 each. They are available in English and Japanese!
For Museum members the Audio Tour is available for $2.50 and adds new dimensions to your visit.
Here at the U.S. Army Museum Hawaii the biggest artifact is the building itself. The museum is housed in Battery Randolph
a massive reinforced concrete emplacement with roofs as much as 12 feet thick. The battery was built around 1911 for two
14 inch guns that could fire projectiles as far as 14 miles. It was part of a coastal defense system that was to protect
Honolulu Harbor from invasion. Watch the video for more information.
The Hawaii Army Museum Society (HAMS) was pleased to fund the new exhibit in the Rotating Gallery which honors the service of Nisei linguists and the . The exhibit, “America’s Secret Weapon, Japanese Americans in the Military
Intelligence Service During World War II”, had its grand opening on Saturday, March 28, 2015. HAMS was also pleased to provide travel arrangements for keynote speaker, Dr. James McNaughton, author of the book “Nisei Linguist”.
HAMS’ long time master craftsman, Thomas T. “Toshi” Nakano, is featured in the exhibit and in a local news broadcast. Toshi is an MIS veteran and his work in koa is on display not only in the new exhibit, but also throughout the U. S. Army Museum of Hawaii.”
The MIS exhibit, which was produced by Mark Matsunaga, Gregg Hirata, and Harlan Yuhara, can be viewed in the first gallery of the museum, Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm.”
The Hawaii Army Museum Society (HAMS) is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable corporation, chartered since 1976, whose sole mission is to support the U. S. Army Museum of Hawaii at Ft. DeRussy. This is a non-federal entity and is not a part of the Department of Defense or any of its components and it has no governmental status.