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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 23 January 2016

This is a beautiful resting place of those who gave their lives for us to enjoy our freedom, because freedom is not free. The walls of the monument have detailed history of the struggles of our country. The grounds are emaculate. The view of Honolulu...More

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Reviewed 22 January 2016

We had visited about 27 years and came back again to see the Punchbowl. Brings the sorrows and sacrifice of war home to those of us who have not experienced it.

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Reviewed 21 January 2016 via mobile

We were driven here as part of a city tour. It wasnt easy getting there with traffic and road works. There were no other buses or tour operators there. The traffic was horrendous as was after 4.00pm. Go early. One grave was flowers changed every...More

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Reviewed 21 January 2016

It's beautiful & has an amazing view. BUT please remember it is a Cemetery!! There are people there mourning their loved ones so have consideration, it's not a tourist attraction!

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Reviewed 20 January 2016

Every visitor to the island should go to Punchbowl. My cousin is in the unknown soldiers grave and it is just such a peaceful place to think about life and all of those who have served to defend our country. It is a must see.

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Reviewed 20 January 2016

If your a history buff or a patriot you love this place. our family sets flags on veterans and memorial day.

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Reviewed 18 January 2016 via mobile

We went on a Sunday morning with family (multigenerational). Thoughts we would stay just a few minutes and pay our respects, we ended up staying about two hours. Very peaceful and serine. The memorial is at the top of a long staircase (for those who...More

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Reviewed 15 January 2016

I found this interesting on a few fronts: First, the memorial to POW/MIAs from WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam. Very extensive with histories of the wars and names of all of the missing soldiers. Second, the grounds themselves with thousands upon thousands of gravestones. Third, the...More

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Reviewed 15 January 2016 via mobile

Historic location with a great view. Had the privilege to witness a military funeral and it was an honor and something to remember. Recommend it for those who are looking for a historic site to visit while in paradise.

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Reviewed 14 January 2016

A moving and fitting memorial to the fighting forces of the US who gave their lives that we can live in freedom. Least we forget. A must to visit.

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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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MycornerofTexas
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.
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