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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
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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The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific is absolutely amazing. It reminded me of Arlington National Cemetery. It is absolutely beautiful.

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Brick, New Jersey
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific is absolutely amazing. It reminded me of Arlington National Cemetery. It is absolutely beautiful.

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Oahu, Hawaii
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a peaceful place to visit. During Memorial Day weekend, there are many activities so parking may be an issue. Free vases are available if you bring flowers to leave on site. There is some construction going on, but the cemetery is well maintained. There are fabulous views of Waikiki and Diamond Head, too.

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Fremont, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This and Pearl Harbor bring to life the sacrifices others have made for our country. You can just drive through this and take in the solemnity of the area.

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Freeport, NY
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you rent a car in Honolulu, take a short trip off the major thoroughfares and climb the mountain to the Punchbowl National Cemetery. Hidden in a volcanic crater, it is beautiful and moving. Afterwards, go further up the mountain to an overlook of the entire city--also beautiful and breathtaking.

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Los Alamitos, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The history of the US acquisition of Hawaii and the World War II years are given real life at this cemetery, although even Ernie Pyle is buried here and an astronaut lost on the ill-fated Challenger in the 1980's. One can take time to reflect and to honor those who truly gave their all. One can never tire of hearing... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stopped here on the way to Pearl Harbour Memorial. It was a beautiful day, the park is really well maintained. Good to hear the history of the place and see so many visiting.

Thank JeffGoldCoast
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Grounds well-kept. Security available. Restrooms but one required flight of steps then could not find signage.

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Madang, Papua New Guinea
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are not really a history buff, this place is still on the must-do list of places to visit. The memorial has a quick overview of the Pacific in World War II that you can take in, in about twenty minutes. We traveled with friends and I could tell most of this was all new to them. (I am... More 

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Agoura Hills, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful and very peaceful place. Can take all day to see if you read every story board like we do. Great views of the city. Can t are a city bus to just outside the entrance, than can walk in.

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Wailea, Hawaii
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This cemetery is the place to visit if you are a history buff. Up in the main halls are huge marble maps of the various military battles of WWII in the Pacific. You can learn a lot about how the US won the Pacific war. This place is close to town, but make sure that you go on a sunny... More 

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