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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

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Address: 2177 Puowaina Dr, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813-1729
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+1 808-532-3720
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08:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:30
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The resting place for more than 25,000 victims of three American Wars -...

The resting place for more than 25,000 victims of three American Wars - World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War – this is truly the “Cemetery of Heroes.” Punchbowl was formed some 75,000 to 100,000 years ago during the Honolulu period of secondary volcanic activity. A crater resulted from the ejection of hot lava through cracks in the old coral reefs that, at the time, extended to the foot of the Koolau Mountain Range. Of special note is a monument honoring Hawaii-born astronaut Ellison Onizuka, who perished aboard the Challenger space shuttle in 1986. Also noteworthy are the Courts of the Missing, white stone tablets bearing the names of those missing in action from World War II.

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Very Quiet And Serene At Punchbowl

I am kind of biased since I live on Oahu and my Parents are buried here but I really love coming here cause it is so quiet. You can hear the birds sing and just contemplating... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 September 2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

I am kind of biased since I live on Oahu and my Parents are buried here but I really love coming here cause it is so quiet. You can hear the birds sing and just contemplating life. There is an Office (open Monday-Friday) and a small Visitor Center. There is a Kiosk where you can find out where a person... More 

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West University Place, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015

Very nice memorial area and well kept. Meaningful and easy to get to especially if you have a loved on buried here. We were even able to find someone to help us find a relative which my aunt thought had been buried here but was not sure.

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Fresh Meadows, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2015

A beautiful cemetery. Very moving and peaceful. We visited as part of a tour. Glad we did because it would be difficult to get to otherwise.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2015

We went there several years ago after saying we always wanted to go. Glad we did!, Kind of hard to find, once you do get there one can relax & take in all it's meaning and reflect on just how many lives were lost to give us our freedom. Large color frescos tell the story of WWII from beginning to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2015

I visited the Memorial through a bus tour (buses are not allowed to stop but may drive through). This is a beautiful and very peaceful place. A must do in Honolulu.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015 via mobile

I just did a drive by as my kids were done. It was very nice to drive thru and is very well maintained. People were walking up but I didn't want to take the kids out of the car as this place was so peaceful and my kids weren't.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2015

I had been to the Punch Bowl Cemetery in the past, but this time I had a personal purpose -- to find my Army comrade's internment location. Although it can be very confusing as to where a site is located, the drive through the cemetery is beautiful, thought provoking, and inspiring. On my next visit, I will spend more time... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2015

Moving - if you go by tour bus you can't get out. Interesting stories of some of the people buried there, but don't expect Arlington

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2015

A wonderful drive through on the tour bus gave us a glimpse of this beautiful and peaceful resting site for so many. You aren't able to hike up, so short of having your own car, it is well worth joining a tour that includes this.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2015

Home to many famous people's graves, this is also the home of over 50,000 heroes of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Still open for cremation interment. Memorials and maps of all Pacific Wars fought by the U.S. Many other monuments in the grounds. Visitor Center with computers to assist in locating grave sites. Memorials of the missing, recording those... More 

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