What happens when an old army big gun battery in the middle of the Pacific Ocean can’t be torn down? Turning it into a free museum may not seem like the most likely of answers.
As part of the U.S. Army Ft. DeRussey a gun battery was built in 1911 with a super massive, 12-foot thick reinforced concrete walls. This housed giant 14-inch guns that protected the Honolulu Harbor. These guns were soon obsolete come the advent of air combat. When modern wrecking balls were unable to demolish the building in the 1970s, another use for the old installation was needed.
Today that old gun battery is now the U.S. Army Museum Hawaii in Waikiki and offers free admission to all. It presents a chronological history to show army history as it relates to the islands of Hawaii. This starts out with artifacts from the native Hawaiian military when Hawaii was it’s own sovereign nation. Then moves on to show the US Army introduction to Hawaii and the role it played from origin to the present day.
Unexpectedly the museum does not limit itself to only showing the U.S. Army, though that is the central theme of the museum. On display are also examples of native Hawaiian military such as shark-toothed swords and their old firearms. Also on display are items from the Japanese and German armies since WWII played such an important history to Hawaii.
Unlike many museums this one allows photography and as you can see, it is Lomography-friendly. I will warn you that the museum is very dark so you might want to bring fast film or your LC-A. Also, this is a very popular museum with young kids, so watch your step.
More information can be found at http://www.hiarmymuseumsoc.org/