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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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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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A must see. It is so moving and makes you proud to be an American. We enjoyed looking at the grave markers for names and dates

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 July 2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2015

A must see. It is so moving and makes you proud to be an American. We enjoyed looking at the grave markers for names and dates

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2015

This cemetery is beautifully laid out and maintained. While close to the hustle and bustle of Honolulu, its location in a crater is peaceful and quiet. Views from the rim of the crater of the downtown and Waikiki areas are outstanding

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2015

Every American should visit Punchbowl to pay respects to the people that gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2015

Coming from a country that was involved in WWII it was so inspiring seeing the murals and seeing our country and its role in the war. Always sad when visiting memorial sites, but also proud knowing our countrymen (and my father also) had played a part in a vital event in history. Also not only for the WWII but for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2015

Called "Punchbowl" You must see this spot. It's a national veteran's cemetery located within a crater. WOW -- it's a beautiful spot.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2015

we had family buried there so we looked for the graves to take photos for our family album. This was very comforting, and well taken care of.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2015

A unique resting place for the many brave men and women who have given their lives for our freedoms. Almost 30,000 graves are here. The unique shape of the cemeter, inside a extinct volcano crater, makes this visually different than most other military cemeteries as graves are located in the.base and up the crater sides. I have also been to... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2015

A simple drive through visit to the cemetery. The bus driver gave a good commentary on this place. This was a part of a large tour hence the 3* score.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2015

This place was calm & somber. But, the history is worth the visit paying respects to the fallen. It is a Beautiful Memorial.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2015

My father-in-law, a member of the 442nd is buried here, so I have a built-in bias favoring this stunning Memorial. But from my first time there, more than 40 years ago, coming just to see the views of Honolulu, I could feel the power of place. Like Pearl Harbor, a must-see location for all who visit Honolulu.

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