Aerial view of Fort DeRussy Beach and the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii
Picture of current Executive Director, Cynthia Duncan

From the Desk of the Executive Director

Cynthia L Duncan

It’s been a while since you’ve heard from all of us here at the museum. Like most businessess, we’ve all been impacted significantly as a result of COVID19. The Museum and Store closed on March 18, 2020 and remains closed to the public.

In short, Waikiki is a ghost town. Tourism is our largest industry and everyone is feeling the impact. It’s clear that until the state of Hawaii can identify a process to track visitors and local residents to mitigate the spread of this virus, tourism will continue to be non-existent. Like so many small businesses we applied for a SBA PPP loan.  And while it provided some very needed relief, it only lasted for a few weeks, and we have been on our own, since, to budget and manage our expenses.  Our ability to raise funds to expand the Vietnam and GWOT exhibits has been severly hampered.

However, with lemons we will make lemonade! During this time, the society staff has been busy rearranging and deep cleaning the museum store in addition to doing our annual inventory. We upgraded our computer network and software allowing us to have more functionality. This upgrade allowed us to improve Quickbooks, our society database, as well as a laundry list of applications that we utilize in our day to day operations. On top of all these changes, we’ve expanded our E-commerce merchandise. If you haven’t visited our on-line store recently, you might want to check it out. We’ve added loads of new merchandise that should appeal to all ages.  But make no mistake, when our doors can open once again, we are ready to meet and greet those ever so valuable visitors. We’ve missed them, and hope they’ve missed us and will include us in their next visit back to the islands.

And if a visit to the islands isn’t in the cards in the near future, you can still help us support our mission.  Become a member of the Hawaii Army Museum Society and help us to continue the work that was started 43 years ago.

Hoping to seeing you all soon!

Nevin Field, Museum Director

A Note From The Museum Director

Nevin Field

Aloha society members-

It is our pleasure to welcome Emily Hazzard to our U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii team!

The Early Years

Born and raised in Palm Harbor, FL, Emily attended the University of Florida and received a BA in Classics, specializing in Ancient Civilizations, and a minor in Art History. While awaiting graduate acceptance to the Museum Studies Program at George Washington University, Emily volunteered at the Dali Museum and the Dunedin Historical Society Museum. She went on to intern at Tudor Place Historic House and Gardens, the Newseum, and the National Museum of Natural History while enrolled in George Washington University.

Post Education

Shortly after graduating from George Washington University, she was offered a position in the U.S. Army Pathways Program with placement in the Army Museum Enterprise. The two year Pathways Program consisted of multiple rotations at different departments within the Army Museum Enterprise. The program consists of multiple rotations within the Army Museum Enterprise at Fort Belvoir, Virginia as well as two three-month rotations at different Army Field Museums. Her first rotation was at the 10th Mountain and Fort Drum Museum followed by another rotatioin at the West Point Museum, New York.

Her Focus

Upon completing the two-year program, she was assigned in March to the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii as a Museum Specialist. In this capacity, Emily will be responsible for developing and facilitating U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii’s and Tropic Lightning Museum’s training, education, and outreach programs with a focus on sharing the Army story as it relates to Hawaii and the greater Pacific region. We are excited to finally have a dedicated position to enhance these existing programs and introduce new elements to the program. It goes without saying that we are equally excited that this postion is now filled.  Welcome aboard Emily!

Emily Hazard, Museum Specialist

Curator's Corner

Coastal Battery Hoist Machinery

This image from the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii’s Photograph Collection shows hoist machinery used to lift shells from the ground floor shell room of a Coast Artillery Battery to the second floor gun deck where the shells were loaded into rifles for firing. The machinery in the image would have been identical to what was used at Battery Randolph. The shell room at Battery Randolph no longer has its hoist system. In its place is a gallery showcasing how the Coast Artillery functioned in Hawaii. The gallery has a partial recreation that depicts the track system used to move shells from storage to where soldiers inspected the shells and installed fuses before hoisting them up to the gun deck.

Battery Hoist Machinery, c.1913-1915. From the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii’s Photograph Collection, USAMH 2123.

From the Archives....

Waikiki Natatorium War Museum
Waikiki Theatre (Interior)
Moana Surfrider Hotel

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The Hawai’i Army Museum Society HAMS) (EIN #99-0170177) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.  It is a non-federal entity and not part of the Department of Defense or any of its components and has no government status.