Waikiki’s U.S. Army Museum is Closed

BOOM! Hawaii Monarchy Cannon, U.S. Army Museum - Honolulu

August 20, 2022: Hawaii Files Photo of the Day

Yes, as the main title says, the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii at Fort DeRussy in Waikiki is closed. The museum closed in February to undergo a major renovation that will cost $3 million. The private non-profit museum “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.”

I last visited the museum in 2016 and found it an interesting stop. It features displays of items from the two World Wars as well as the Korean and Vietnam era conflicts. It is filled with history and interesting displays. My friend Jerry Stanfield knew some of the people operating the museum, and when we visited in 2016 he donated a model Jeep to them.

Admission to the museum was free in 2016 but donations are encouraged.

The army tanks from the U.S. and Japan as well as a couple of cannons are still accessible and are on display just outside the museum. The renovation is scheduled to be completed later this year with a re-opening planned for December.

The photos on the outside were taken this past week (August 19) and the older photos are from 2016.

Photos taken with Canon S95 pocket camera and Canon 600 DSLR.

  • U.S. Army Museum Sign - Waikiki Honolulu
Jerry Stanfield donated a model Jeep - 2016
Jerry Stanfield donated a model Jeep – 2016



Melvin Ah Ching is a photographer, consultant, blogger, desktop publisher, and computer enthusiast living and working in Hawaii. The Hawaii Files have been online since 2006.