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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

2177 Puowaina Dr, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813-1729
+1 808-532-3720
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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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2177 Puowaina Dr, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813-1729
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Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

It offers a beautiful view of Honolulu. It's quiet and serene. Please be respectful, it is a place of our soldiers final resting place. You will learn a lot if you stop and read the memorials.

Thank ewagall
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Reviewed 18 May 2016

Pacific War Memorial honors fallen soldiers from all areas of the Pacific Ocean. Excellent mosaics detailing various battles in Pacific Ocean. These explain details of combat. Grounds are meticulously kept. Very touching.

Thank JE49
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Reviewed 18 May 2016

The Punchbowl Cemetery honors the dead from WWII, Korean War and Viet Nam. It is located in a volcano in downtown Honolulu and is hard to find without a GPS or other aid. Not as big as Arlington and not as dramatic as Normandy, but...More

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Reviewed 17 May 2016

Also known as Punchbowl cemetery, this monument to our fallen men and women is awe inspiring. Originally designed about WWII, it now also incorporates Korean and Vietnam veterans. It has incredible mosaic reliefs of the most memorable battles of the wars. A must see!

Thank Esther C
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Reviewed 17 May 2016

Another cemetery detailing the loss of US service personnel - having visited Arlington it staggers me to the loss of life that the US has endured over these and continuing conflicts. Beautifully depicted maps and details about the conflicts that have resulted in the loss...More

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Reviewed 15 May 2016

Peaceful and appropriate. Does make you consider the sacrifices made by so many. Magnificent and peaceful. You can visit by bus tours but they don't stop - just drive through. Hire a car or take a taxi - they will come back for you -...More

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Reviewed 13 May 2016

Another interesting memorial. Very peaceful place. Reminicent of military cemetaries. If you are interested in military history and are in the area, you should likely make a short stop here.

Thank Fred L
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Reviewed 13 May 2016

We drove through here on our Day Tour of Pearl Harbour and Downtown Honolulu. It is very moving and is an immaculately kept place to remember all those that fought and died for world Peace.

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Reviewed 12 May 2016 via mobile

It's a quiet resting place that overlooks the city of Honolulu. We went there on a Thursday afternoon and walked around for a while. Definitely a must go.

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Reviewed 12 May 2016

A quick tour or drive in and out is all that is needed unless you have someone to pay respects to. Lawn cemetery, not white defence headstones like you see in movies. Big memorial centrepiece. Good views back to Waikiki, on entry exit drive. Strange...More

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guided tours are brill
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Response from SoCalOregonian | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is open to the public. It is a National Cemetery.
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31 July 2016|
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There are numerous flower shops that are right down the road in Chinatown that has beautiful flower arrangements. Safeway is also down the street at the corner of King and Pali. Nothing is sold on site.
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