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HOME OF THE BRAVE

Aloha and Welcome to the Home of the Brave Hawaii Headquarters!

Home of the Brave Hawaii consists of our Home of the Brave Museum, Home of the Brave Brewing, Wiki Waki Woo Speakeasy, Home of the Brave Brewseum® and Remember Honor Salute Foundation.

The HOTB Museum and Brewseum is more than just Kakaako's best kept secret - they are an experience that you will never forget.

Originally housed in the Home of the Brave Museum which opened in 1991, the Brewseum® was the final stop for our guests on our exclusive WWII Military base tour - Home of the Brave Tours.  Located at 909 Waimanu Street in Kakaako, this one-of-a-kind family owned and operated museum & brewpub grew from one room into a unique collection of WWII, Military, Beer & Hawaiiana memorabilia spread amongst over 10 different unique zones.

The artifacts and stories in the museum have been donated by over 100,000 WWII Veterans and their families who participated in and experienced the Home of the Brave Tour. For 25 years, Home of the Brave was widely regarded as the most exclusive WWII Military base tour anywhere in the world with access to installations that came under attack on December 7, 1941 like Pearl Harbor, Hickam AFB, Wheeler AAF, Schofield Barracks, Fort Shafter, Punchbowl and more. The tour program ended in December 2016 with the 75th Anniversary of the attack.

The Brewseum® was an idea developed by Duke Tomlinson while attending Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. The Tomlinson kids (Duke, Baron & Brittany)  all moved home after graduating college to expand the concept and build what is now today the best-ranked brewpub on Oahu. 

The fascinating history of beer in the Hawaiian Islands is found on site amongst relics and memorabilia that transport you back in time to when this incredible beverage made its way to Hawaii back in 1812. Learn about Francisco De Paula Marin & others and visit the largest beer can collection on island!  

The Home of the Brave Brewing Company brewed its signature Pilot Pale Ale in 2009 & presently has over a dozen unique craft beers. 

The second level of the museum is where the 1940's truly come to life with our Wiki Waki Woo 1940's Speakeasy/Tiki Bar. Ranked amongst the top tiki bars in the U.S., craft cocktails & pints of our beer straight from the tanks below the bar are served alongside wine and sodas - an outside lanai overlooking historic Kakaako is hidden behind the bar and is the perfect place to unwind and watch the sunset in the distance.

 

Location

909 Waimanu Street

901 Waimanu Street
Honolulu, HI 96814

 

 

HOTB WWII Museum & Speakeasy Hours

Wednesday 5pm-8pm

Friday 5pm-8pm

Saturday 5pm-8pm

The Brewseum® Hours

Tuesday 5-10pm

Wednesday 5-10pm

Thursday 5pm-10pm

Friday 5pm-11pm

Saturday 5pm-11pm

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Home of the brave museum

REMEMBER THE BATTLE, HONOR THE SACRIFICE, SALUTE THE BRAVE
Home of the Brave is the keeper of the flame for over 100,000 WWII Veterans who have visited the museum & shared their treasured artifacts and stories highlighting their service and sacrifice during WWII.
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IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE 1940'S WITH OUR HANDS-ON HISTORY AND EXPERIENTIAL DISPLAYS THAT HONOR OUR GREATEST GENERATION
 
 

It all started when…

Started in 1991 in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor & surrounding military installations on December 7th, 1941, the Tomlinson family along with the Pearl Harbor Survivors created Home of the Brave.  Our mission was to return our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coastguardsmen back to their battlefield sites where they were stationed at the time of the attack and document their heroic stories.  It brought closure to some and many veterans returned year after year with their families. The Home of the Brave Museum has been built over the past 25 years with artifacts and stories from over 100,000 WWII veterans who have visited. It is now the largest private WWII collection in the Pacific.

 

OUR MISSION

The Home of the Brave Museum serves as the steward and repository of historical artifacts and memorabilia pertaining to the United States military. We believe education of wartime history brings about communion and unity between peoples and nations, therefore we provide a unique learning platform to engage and educate our diverse local community and island visitors on an important piece of Hawaii’s history as well as honor the memory of our veterans and their families. In addition to our expansive WWII collection, we provide a forum for veterans and their families to share their stories to bridge international & intergenerational gaps.

WHAT WE'VE ACHIEVED

  • Since 1991, we have hosted over 100,000 WWII Veterans and their families on the Home of the Brave military base battlefield program.

  • Created the Home of the Brave Museum - Hawaii's largest repository of WWII artifacts and stories. 

  • Designed educational programs for schools, military, local & island visitors.

  • Worked and collaborated with the History & Discovery Channels, National Geographic, and Hollywood production companies.

  • Endorsed by the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association & SDPHSA nationally.

  • Accolades and awards from the State of Hawaii, City and County of Honolulu, & numerous military commands.

  • Created the Remember Honor Salute Foundation to perpetuate and sustain museum operations.

  • Maintain a 5 star rating for all our operations on social media.

 
 

PROJECTS


PRESERVATION OF HISTORIC ARTIFACTS & STORIES

Mary Freiberg and family returned to Hawaii with her uncle's ship flag that flew onboard the USS Rigel, ported in Pearl Harbor December 7th 1941. The flag was strafed by the attacking Japanese aircraft on the fantail of the ship and bears the scars of the attack with two bullet holes. Her uncle Cy was given the flag by an Admiral "Husband" as a gesture of gratitude for what the 18 year old signalman did that day. He and his crewmen took a small skiff from his ship during the attack and pulled burning sailors out of the harbor that were blown off the torpedoed ships tied up aside battleship row, saving numerous lives. Was the flag given to Cy by the Admiral Husband E. Kimmel??? We'll never know but his story and legacy live on in the Home of the Brave Museum!

Mary Freiberg and family returned to Hawaii with her uncle's ship flag that flew onboard the USS Rigel, ported in Pearl Harbor December 7th 1941. The flag was strafed by the attacking Japanese aircraft on the fantail of the ship and bears the scars of the attack with two bullet holes. Her uncle Cy was given the flag by an Admiral "Husband" as a gesture of gratitude for what the 18 year old signalman did that day. He and his crewmen took a small skiff from his ship during the attack and pulled burning sailors out of the harbor that were blown off the torpedoed ships tied up aside battleship row, saving numerous lives. Was the flag given to Cy by the Admiral Husband E. Kimmel??? We'll never know but his story and legacy live on in the Home of the Brave Museum!

RECORDING HISTORY & ACTS OF HEROISM

A great friend and Pearl Harbor Survivor, US Navy Commander John Mathrusse shared his harrowing experience on the "Day of Infamy" while the attack raged. Commander Mathrusse was on Ford Island, assigned to the carrier USS Enterprise which thankfully had not arrived before the attack. He and fellow military personnel fought back with what ever weapons they could find and helped injured sailors off the USS California to safety.

A great friend and Pearl Harbor Survivor, US Navy Commander John Mathrusse shared his harrowing experience on the "Day of Infamy" while the attack raged. Commander Mathrusse was on Ford Island, assigned to the carrier USS Enterprise which thankfully had not arrived before the attack. He and fellow military personnel fought back with what ever weapons they could find and helped injured sailors off the USS California to safety.

EDUCATION

The mission of the Home of the Brave & Remember Honor Salute Foundation is to preserve the legacy of our Greatest Generation through education and hands-on history. Guests peruse the largest private WWII collection in the Pacific where everything has been donated by veterans and their families.

The mission of the Home of the Brave & Remember Honor Salute Foundation is to preserve the legacy of our Greatest Generation through education and hands-on history. Guests peruse the largest private WWII collection in the Pacific where everything has been donated by veterans and their families.

PARTNERS

Since 1991, Home of the Brave has worked with numerous partners who have helped build & support the museum and our carry on our mission to preserve the legacy of our American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coastguardsmen, & National Guard.

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Remember Honor Salute Foundation

The Tomlinson Family with Captain Bill Paty - 501st Parachute Reg / 101st Screaming Eagles D-Day, June 6th 1944

 

The Tomlinson family started Home of the Brave in 1991 in conjunction with the Pearl Harbor 50th Anniversary. With the help of the Pearl Harbor survivors, they created Home of the Brave Tours & Museum, a one-of-a-kind WWII Military Base Tour along with the largest private collection of 1940's memorabilia in the Pacific. As curators of this extensive collection, the Tomlinsons have received numerous awards and accolades for their work in educating the public about the rich heritage, sacrifices and traditions of the United States military.

The Home of the Brave Museum serves as the steward and repository of Hawaii’s historical artifacts and memorabilia pertaining to the United States military during WWII. The extensive collection exists to preserve wartime legacies, as well as to honor the sacrifice and victory of our nation’s great servicemen and women.

Our goal is to maintain this historic Kakaako museum and expand the property into an interactive learning center to further promote awareness, gratitude, and documentation of America's military heritage for public interest and educational purposes.

Our Remember Honor Salute Foundation, allows granted funds to be used for location up-keep and program expansion to enhance the visitor experience and continue to support today’s and tomorrow’s veterans.  

 
 

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Geographical Coverage includes showcasing world military history, with the primary focus on WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam, and the present conflicts in Iraq & Afghanistan. We are working with the Greatest Generations Foundation, which brings together generations of American patriots on battlefield expeditions around the globe. We plan on building educational programs with other countries to forge understanding throughout communities around the world. 

Multi Generational Story Telling

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Thoughtful story-telling is fundamental to learning and understanding the lessons of our past. Our hands-on displays and vast collection of unique artifacts inspire visitors and residents of all ages to weave the past with the present, and perpetuate these stories to future generations. We have targeted three core audiences:

  1. The General Public - Youth (School Field Trips), Adults, Elderly (Institutions)

  2. U.S. Allied Military Personnel

  3. International & Domestic Visitors 

Collection

The extensive collection of historical artifacts and memorabilia pertaining to the US Military has all been donated from veterans and their families.  It exists to preserve the Pacific and European theater historical wartime legacies, as well as to honor the sacrifice and victory of our nation’s great servicemen and women. Granted funds will be used for location up-keep and program expansion to enhance the visitor experience and continue to support today’s and tomorrow’s veterans. Our unique, hands-on museum was established to share and salute the stories of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, coastguardsmen and marines, and highlight Hawaii’s proud 442 RCT, 100th Btn, and MIS soldiers. 


Special Events

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Family owned & operated since 1991

General Vincent K. Brooks, Bear, Glen, Duke, Brittany, Janet Tomlinson, & General Gordon R. Sullivan

General Vincent K. Brooks, Bear, Glen, Duke, Brittany, Janet Tomlinson, & General Gordon R. Sullivan

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Home of the Brave Brewing

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The Tomlinson Family started Home of the Brave Brewing Company to serve America’s Finest while Remembering, Honoring, and Saluting the United States Military.
We brew the finest hand-crafted beer for our troops and patriotic Americans.  Our delicious
Pilot Pale Ale and 442 Go for Broke are brewed in the former Home of the Brave Victory Club
below the nostalgic Wiki Waki Woo 1940’s Tropical Bar & lounge.  Our USO style
hangout has hosted GI’s & dignitaries from around the globe for 25 years! 

Take a sentimental journey back in time in our Brewseum while enjoying the freshest brewed craft beer on island.

 
 

Family and Beer History

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Home of the Brave Brewing Company is a truly a grass roots and "expeditionary" mission (founded in 2009) to brew great craft beer for our troops and patriotic Americans.  "Serving America's Finest" & "Remember, Honor, Salute" has been our Rally Cry as we continue to build and grow our business.

The original Pilot Pale Ale was developed and home-brewed by our Brew Master, Jeff Doyle (see our Brew Crew page).  Next we received our beer wholesale/distributor license.  Maui Brewing Company agreed to brew our draft beer which we distributed to our Military Clubs in Hawaii, receiving rave reviews.

Our packaged beer followed. The famous Sprecher's Brewing Company in Wisconsin collaborated with us, brewed and bottled our Pilot Pale Ale & Remember Pearl Harbor 70th Anniversary Commemorative Dark Lager.  Cases and six packs of Pilot were featured in the NEX, AAFES, Marine Marts, and Coast Guard Exchanges.  Our Dark Lager enjoyed front row placement during the commemorative year (now a collectors item). 

The Brewseum concept was started in 2009 in the museum, expanded to 901 Waimanu Street on the 4th of July 2014 and is now ranked the number 1 Brewpub on Oahu.  We pour our own beer along with great craft brews from Hawaii and the finest mainland craft.

Cousin Brian developed all the packaging, branding, and consulting that set the course for our next "leap of faith"... brewing on-site in the Home of the Brave Museum.  

Our signature Pilot Pale Ale along with our 442 Go for Broke IPA is a hit in both our Wiki Waki Woo Bar and the famous Brewseum.  Look for new brews and seasonals throughout the year.

Check out some of HOTBBC's original beer posters and displays made in our workshop:

OUR BEER

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Beginnings

Started in 2009, Home of the Brave Brewing Company brewed its first draft run of Pilot Pale Ale at Maui Brewing Company. The response was fantastic and led to keg taps around Honolulu and Military Clubs on Oahu. Bottled Beer came next with the help from our friends at Sprechers in Wisconsin, first brewing our famous Remember Pearl Harbor Dark Lager, honoring the 70thAnniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. Packaged Pilot Pale Ale was then brewed and self-distributed by Home of the Brave Beverage Company to island Military Exchanges and select upscale retailers. In July 2014, we expanded our Brewseum - a brewpub+museum concept hand-built by the Tomlinsons and now ranked the number brewpub in Honolulu (visit www.Brewseums.com) where we pour our epic brews!

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Brews

Our craft recipes are created, tested/tasted, and fine tuned by our Brew Master Jeff Doyle. Jeff hails from Odell's Brewing Company in Ft. Collins, CO and has designed some of the best beers we've ever tasted. Pilot Pale Ale was his first masterpiece (our flagship brew), followed by the Commemorative Dark Lager, now a collectors item. Our newest brew, 442 Go for Broke is fantastic with 5 hop varieties and honors Hawaii's local hero's who fought in WWII. Future beers include a Landing Zone Lager, Troop Train IPA, and other unique seasonals.

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Brewery

Our 1BBL Brewhouse utilizes an Electric Brewing control panel. Four 2BBL fermenters condition the beer, followed by two 2BBL brite tanks used for carbonation and doubling as serving tanks. The brew house setup is housed inside the original brewseum located in the Home of the Brave Museum. HOTBBC brews are sampled and poured in both the Wiki Waki Woo Tropical Bar & Lounge (inside the museum) and next door at the Brewseum.


COMMEMORATIVE BEERS

In conjunction with the Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary, Home of the Brave Brewing Company will brew 12 unique, limited release beers throughout the year. Starting in December 2016 and continuing to December 7th, 2017,  each exclusive brew reveals a fascinating WWII story to be showcased the first Sunday of the month at the Home of the Brave Museum during a dinner release party.

In conjunction with the Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary, Home of the Brave Brewing Company will brew 12 unique, limited release beers throughout the year. Starting in December 2016 and continuing to December 7th, 2017,  each exclusive brew reveals a fascinating WWII story to be showcased the first Sunday of the month at the Home of the Brave Museum during a dinner release party.

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Remember Pearl Harbor Mighty American Ale

This year we showcase and celebrate the accomplishments and sacrifices of America’s Greatest Generation with Home of the Brave’s Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary Mighty American Ale!  Joining forces with Lanikai Brewing Co., HOTBBC proudly dedicates this collaborative brew to our American Hero’s who have fought and sacrificed for the freedom and liberty we enjoy today.  Its been said of our WWII Veterans and workers on the Home Front, that these were “the young men and women that saved the world."  Lest we forget, let us all REMEMBER, HONOR, & SALUTE our Brave Men and Women in our Armed Forces past and present!

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Wiki waki woo tropical bar & lounge - speakeasy

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Our 1940’s themed '“Wiki Waki Woo Tropical Bar and Lounge” Speakeasy is our newest addition to the Home of the Brave Hawaii Experience. We feature craft beer on tap, craft cocktails, and limited well drinks.

Cocktails include;

Aviation, Bourbon Shake, Corn n’ Oil, Jet Pilot, Tokio Rose, Diamond Head Mule Skinner, Crew Chief Coffee & MaiTai!

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THE BREWSEUM

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Originally known as Kakaako Stables (an old horse barn) back in the 1920's, 30's, and 40's, today it's home to the Home of the Brave Museum.  Rebuilt and meticulously decorated with the largest private WWII, Hawaiiana & beer collection in the Pacific, the displays and stories beckon guests back to era that would change the course of history. 

Labeled as Honolulu's Best Kept Secret by Honolulu's Mayor, the museum & brewseum are home to treasures and collectables donated by thousands of our Greatest Generation Veterans and their families.  Guests are encouraged to jump in the famous 1945 Ford Jeep and Army issue Harley used in the epic Disney/Touchtone production of Pearl Harbor for which Home of the Brave were technical advisers.

The original brewseum was renovated into what is now our brewery.  Here our flagship Pilot Pale Ale and 442 Go for Broke are brewed along with delicious seasonals served to our guests in the Wiki Waki Woo Tropical Bar & Lounge upstairs and next door in the expanded Brewseum.

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Next door is the world's first Brewseum where Remember, Honor, Salute takes on a whole new meaning.  Instead of us telling you about it, here's what Honolulu Magazine recently said:

The Brewseum: Beer Meets a World War II Museum in Kakaako

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By Kawehi Haug

When we hear that a bar doubles as a museum, we think: room temperature Natty Light in some old guy’s basement. We think dusty piles of … stuff. A hoarder’s hang out. And honestly, that’s what we expected when we rolled up to the Brewseum on Waimanu Street in Kakaako—an old warehouse space that’s been converted to a drinking hole that we had heard was either a tiki bar or a brauhaus-style bar. It is neither. Not even close. But it’s not a dumping ground for rickety knick-knacks either. Just the opposite.

The Brewseum door opens to what could be Honolulu’s most delightful (weird word, but it’s the right one) hole in the wall. It’s every bit a museum, with every part of it outfitted in some kind of World War II era memorabilia, but it’s just the most charming museum ever. Overhead, model bomber planes circle the room on an old-fashioned brass and wood pulley system, while a model freight train chugs around the perimeter of the space. The walls are all but papered with old war-time photographs, and where there are no photos, 1940’s style telephones hang at the ready, real archival radio transmissions pumping through the receivers. The back of the bar is framed by what was once the entry to a Quonset hut barracks and under the tin arch sits a tiny stage, complete with a Shure Classic old-timey microphone. The vintage digs get the 21st century treatment with an actual Army jeep parked near the bar that doubles as a photo booth—selfies are strongly encouraged. Everywhere you look, there is some new piece of history to discover.

The Brewseum, which is owned by the Tomlinson family who also founded the Home of the Brave Tour company that is headquartered next door, is a little bit Smithsonian (history/war geeks unite!) and a little bit Disneyland (whimsical and cute in spades), and it’s way cooler than you would ever think it could be. Everything in the space is very purposefully placed, and though we wouldn’t mind if it was, there’s nothing kitschy about it. The Tomlinson family, whose war memorabilia collection is the largest in the Pacific, has been operating its tour company for 23 years, and is hoping that the bar adds a component to the family business that will draw in long-term fans who will make the Brewseum their go-to hang out.

 

The bar has six domestic microbrews on tap, a few bottled beers and their own proprietary brew, Home of the Brave beer, brewed for the Brewseum by Sprecher Brewing Company in Wisconsin. The beers are on the pricey side—$5 for a Coors Light, $7 for a Sierra Nevada hefeweizen—but we didn’t really notice because everything else about the place was so captivating. Just think of the beer prices as including the museum entrance fee. The menu consists of soft pretzels ($4) with a trio of mustard dipping sauces, and complimentary popcorn, hard pretzels and cheese balls.  The snacks gets passed around at regular intervals by the Tomlinson kids who run the place, and do it with so much hospitality and warmth, it’s like you’re visiting them at home.

The Brewseum, 901 Waimanu St., www.brewseums.com, 799-2796
 

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