HONOLULU, (Feb. 2, 2023) - The U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii at Fort DeRussy in the heart of Waikiki, will reopen with a ribbon cutting ceremony February 6, 2023 at 10 a.m.
The ribbon cutting ceremony marks the end of a year-long HVAC project managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Honolulu District.
The ceremony will host members of the local Army community, the Army Museum Enterprise, and the Executive Director of the U.S. Army Center of Military History, Mr. Charles R. Bowery, Jr., as the keynote speaker.
Established in 1976, the museum is housed inside Battery Randolph, a former coast artillery fortification that mounted two 14-inch disappearing rifled guns and was constructed in 1911.
“The building itself is historically important in its own right and thanks to the Army’s significant investment in this HVAC project, the building and the museum will continue to endure for many years to come,” said Nevin Field, Museum Director.
Field is thrilled to reopen the museum to the public, “Although the execution of the HVAC Project was confined to one year, it will have been six years to the month since the project was formally initiated with U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii’s, Directorate of Public Works. Much has happened during this period, so our team is very excited to showcase one of the Army’s flagship museums to the visiting public once again.”
The museum honors, interprets, communicates, and presents the history of the Army in the Pacific centered on Hawaii's contributions to our nation's defense and its Army heritage through exhibits, educational programs, and the preservation of historic material.
While the museum’s storyline and exhibits currently cover a broad history of events, dating from pre-European Hawaiian warfare through the Vietnam conflict, the museum’s collection also includes artifacts dating from the post-Vietnam era to present day.
Key exhibits include Hawaiian warfare and weaponry, Coast Artillery in Hawaii, Hawaii’s critical role in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, the “Go For Broke” Nisei Soldiers of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and a Gallery of Heroes which honors all citizens of Hawaii who earned the nation’s two highest awards for valor.
The Army Museum of Hawaii is part of the Army Museum Enterprise (AME) which manages 30 Army museums at 26 locations in the United States, Korea and Germany. The AME is a directorate of the U.S. Army Center of Military History.
For more information about the U.S. Army Center of Military History contact the CMH Public Affairs Officer, Mr. F. Lee Reynolds, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The museum is located at 2131 Kalia Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815, and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To learn more about Army Museums go to: https://history.army.mil/museums/