In February 1977, the Hawaii Historic Arms Association was and dedicated to the study, research, collection and preservation of historical arms, armor, edged weapons, accoutrements and militaria. This Association was formed as a result of three advanced collectors meeting to discuss their common interest, and to plan an exhibition of their combined collections.
From this humble beginning the Association has produced over 17 major exhibitions, including the popular Spring and Fall exhibitions at the Neal Blaisdell Center. Attendance at these events has run in the thousands, proving the growing interest in the Association and its aims.
Proceeds from these shows are used to further the organization’s efforts at public education and general armament education. For example, new books have been purchased and donated to both the Hawaii State Library System and the Military Library System. Donations to organizations dedicated to maintaining individual rights and freedoms have been made. Funds have also gone to the Honolulu Downtown Jaycees who are sponsors of Airgun Introduction and Training for kids from 9-13. There are national Airgun Tournaments on the mainland each year, and Hawaii has produced two National Championship Teams at these events.
Our club has been actively involved through donations with organizations such as The Friends of Iolani Palace, Aloha Tower Maritime Center, Hawaii Army Museum – Fort DeRussy, Mission Houses Museum, the Hawaiian Historical Society, U.S.S. Bowfin WWII Submarine Museum, The Hawaii Railway Society.
Donations have been made both to the Bishop Museum Association and to their Ethnology Department for the restoration of an old pinfire shotgun and its case that was made originally for the Prince of Wales by J.D. Dougall of London and was later presented to John O. Dominis, husband of Queen Lilioukalani. Donations have been made to the Historic Hawaii Foundation whose many goal involving preservation and awareness align with our own goals. In addition to the broad ambitions of the organization, all club members are delighted to share their expertise in their specific fields.
In addition, the Hawaii Historic Arms Association, in affiliation with the United States Marine Corps, also supports the Toys for Tots Program.
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