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About The Society

The Hawai'i Army Museum Society was chartered as a non-profit corporation in 1976 to provide support for the development of the U.S. Army Museum at Fort DeRussy. Today, it continues that tradition by funding continuing exhibit development and improvements at the Museum, as well as the full operation and staffing of the Museum Store.

Licensed to use facilities in Battery Randolph at Fort DeRussy, the Society operates as a private organization on government property under a Memorandum of Understanding with the United States Army. Net proceeds from the Society's activities are used for the benefit of the Museum.

The Society was established under the auspices of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) and leading local businessmen in 1976 for the purpose of saving Battery Randolph and establishing the U.S. Army Museum of Hawai'i to preserve this historic location. The corporation was granted tax-exempt status as a charitable, non-profit organization in 1981.

Mission and Purpose

The Society provides community leadership and financial support for the preservation of military history and the education of the public at large on the honor, valor and sacrifice of America's fighting men and women in the defense of freedom. The paramount goal of the Society is to enlighten today's children as well as adults on the lessons of the role the military has played in the Pacific to ensure the survival of democracy and the American way of life. The Society views its role as a key to producing future generations of Americans who will embody the values and spirit of those who have paved the way for the freedoms we enjoy today.

Over $1.5 million has been raised by the Society in private contributions to develop displays and exhibits. Additionally, the Society operates a Museum Store, in which it sells military-related merchandise. It conducts a wide variety of community-based events for the benefit of the Museum and creates public awareness of the importance of military history in the development of Hawai'i and the security of our country. One fund-raiser is held each year on the last Friday in June: The MG Herbert E. Wolff Memorial Golf Tournament. The Ihe Award is presented each November to a local citizen for their outstanding contributions to the military and civilian communities and continued dedicated service to the people of Hawai'i.

The U.S. Army Museum of Hawai'i is open to the general public with free admission and is co-located with the Hale Koa Hotel at Fort DeRussy in the heart of Waikiki.

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