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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
+1 808-532-3720
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This was my second visit to this National Cemetery, located within this ancient volcanic crater the Hawaiians called Puowaina, or "hill of sacrifice", as that is what used to occur here in earlier times. Later, King Kamehameha the great had cannon placed on the ridges....More

Thank maitaimike2015
Reviewed 5 days ago

My wife and I visited the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific when visiting in Honolulu. I had been stationed at Pearl Harbor in the Navy during the Vietnam conflict. We visited the Cemetery then and felt something special while there. When we arrived in...More

Thank NewYorkCity13
Reviewed 5 days ago

We drow by national memorial cemetery. It has an excellent natural beauty which has been kept very clean and beautiful. People had placed Flowers, beers and many other things at Burial monuments. I had not seen this beautiful memorial cemetery anywhere.

Thank Indra G
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is one of those memorials where you could hear a pin drop. The grounds are very well laid out and the graves beautifully maintained with the utmost of respect. Well worth the time and no admission fee.

Thank Denise F
Reviewed 1 week ago

The cemetery is like none other.It is very beautiful and the memorials to the veterans are very well done and some time should be spent here reading the progression of each war

Thank LHPritchard
Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a story under each head marker that it may take a lifetime to tell. Each has a special part of American history. It was moving to see the school children, dressed in their school uniforms taking the tour and getting a hand-on history...More

Thank avidcitytraveler
Reviewed 1 week ago

amazing view as you enter the memorial cemetery drive. Be sure to visit the memorial and take in the history lesson - excellent synopsis of conflicts in the Pacific. A wonderful tribute to those who served. Views of the city too.

Thank nancydto
Reviewed 1 week ago

You can learn a lot of things visiting this place, specially the fact that more than two thousands American soldiers are buried there. It's a real memorial site.

Thank Ed D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited as part of the USS Arizona Memorial tour. Very moved by the monument wall for MIA soldiers. Gone, but not forgotten.

Thank rebelrose59
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Includes the graves of those who died at Pearl Harbor and during the battle of the Pacific, including the grave of war correspondent Ernie Pyle.

Thank JeffP2
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Peter W
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Response from shelly160460 | Reviewed this property |
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22 September 2016|
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Response from SoCalOregonian | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is open to the public. It is a National Cemetery.
30 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.