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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 10 March 2016

Beautiful grounds.... very hard to find.... road signage and traffic make it a challenge to get here.

Thank kayceejay153
Reviewed 8 March 2016

A very quiet place. It is a beautiful and overwhelming place to pay respects to our military. Hard to believe these were all young men and women.

Thank Mike H
Reviewed 8 March 2016

Wonderful visit to this Cemetery. Great tribute to the fallen. Sits high on a mountain top overlooking Honolulu. Also know as the Punch Bowl Cemetary.

Thank helenator2015
Reviewed 7 March 2016

The National Cementery is very humbling to visit and to know just how many men and women gave their lives for our country. Not enough of the visitors get to this location and walk through the halls and see just how many people are buried...More

Thank Greatplacesnv
Reviewed 7 March 2016 via mobile

As a landscape architect and the son of a veteran, this is one of my favourite places to visit. A great way to pace to learn about our history, appreciate the stunning setting and pay respects the those who gave their lives. Don't just spend...More

Thank Brad S
Reviewed 7 March 2016

We got a taxi there as tour buses are not allowed to stop. Nice memorial walk with great views of Honolulu and Waikiki from the top. The meorisl itself is beautiful.myou can read the history on the wall. The gardens are well set out. Staff...More

Thank sharonF755AO
Reviewed 6 March 2016

if in Hawaii a must do visit. It is breathtaking and sad at the same time. The grounds are so well maintained and it is a place where we all remember those who

Thank Portugal_beautiful
Reviewed 5 March 2016

The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific is also called the "Punchbowl" because it is an old volcano that is hollowed out looking like someone's punch bowl. The grounds are extraordinarily manicured with great plants and trees interwoven into this "exhibit". This is a cemetery...More

Thank kaww0502
Reviewed 4 March 2016 via mobile

This memorial is very nice and full of history. You need to get out and walk the grounds and read the monuments. The most interest part of the memorial was when we stopped one of the workers to ask a question he gave us all...More

Thank Tony C
Reviewed 3 March 2016

This was very beautiful place and very restful. I am so glad to have visited this place. We should all remember our veterans.

Thank Marie H
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Peter W
11 May 2017|
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Response from Larry M | Reviewed this property |
I have seen tour busses there, personally I feel renting a car and driving up to the punch bowl (National Cemetery) on your own is a much better option. You get the feel of the land much better that way. Take as much time as... More
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.