With helicopters, tanks, and guns now silenced, the vacant bunkers welcome you to the US Army Museum of Hawai`i, where a number exhibits offer an insight into the richly diverse military history of the state.
Once a bastion built to protect Hawai'i from invading forces, the structure now houses a fascinating museum that tells the military story of Hawai'i, from ancient times to the Gulf War and the War in Iraq.
Have you ever heard of Battery Randolph? At the museum you can learn all about how this "Ring of Steel" dates back to 1911, and was a key part in defending the island against attack by sea, in particular Pearl Harbor.
Did you know that it's solid concrete walls could withstand a direct hit from a 2000lb artillery shell?
Kids can learn about how Hawaiians first sailed to the islands nearly 1000 years before Columbus did, where they developed a social structure, as well as religious and military systems too (pretty impressive!)
There is an exhibit detailing America's involvement with the Vietnam War, with an unconventional enemy, and you can be inspired by the Gallery of Heroes at the US Army Museum, to honor those Hawaiian citizens who served in the Nation's defense.
A fascinating look through the military history books of Hawai'i at the US Army Museum in Honolulu.
Free, but donations graciously accepted
There are plenty of places to grab something to eat in the area before or after your visit!
Audio Tours are available for $5 each (free for Society Members) and you can reserve these online ahead of time for your visit
The museum is a fantastic addition to any history class! Book your field trip 3 weeks in advance, and they take school groups from Tuesdays to Saturdays with a 30 student maximum (not including the adult chaperones)
There is handicap parking in two stalls in front of the museum as well as additional stalls with the Saratoga lot. Check with the museum for the accessibility of the rest of the exhibits.
Parking is available across the street at the Hale Koa Saratoga lot located on the corner of Kalia Rd. and Saratoga Rd. They also validate your parking.