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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 yesterday

We had no idea this existed and found it by using the Gypsy app for Oahu (highly recommend.) This is a beautiful and reverent tribute to our military and included beautiful views of Honolulu. Takes about 30 minutes to visit. If you have time, check...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Beautiful scenery, out of this world... fantastic place for great photos. But I don’t think I would buy a plot!

Thank AndreeB708
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I only had about 30 minutes there as it was my last day but you should give yourself 2 hours to walk the gardens and the memorial. There are feature walls explaining the USAs involvement in the Pacific war and that is worth a read....More

Thank peter w
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Reviewed 4 days ago

the most powerful feeling in this world is the feeling of being proud and feeling what can i do to make more special. being here in the cemetery memorial is where i got that feeling i went to give my respect to the fallen heroes...More

Thank ciarabello
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The Punchbowl, like Arlington in Washington are very similiar in they provide awesome views of the city below AND they are very sobering. The court of the missing and the murals were particularly thought provoking. There were not many visitors when we were there so...More

Thank Barbara M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful place. It is a memorial to all who fought and died in the Pacific theater in World War II. But it is also an active military cemetery and there was a funeral going on the day that we visited. Out of...More

Thank Verbelly
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely location in the Punchbowl. Reflecting on the many lives and the history leaves one humbled. Well cared for.

Thank Parksc
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't miss the battle-by-battle descriptions around the perimeter of the large building. It is simply fascinating and very accurate of the period from December 1941 to September 1945. It also has special sections on the Korean and VietNam wars. This is place to respect your...More

Thank TCregular
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We did a bus tour and this was a place of respect and beauty. We were glad it was included. It is kept pristine--sad that they had to quit letting bus's stop because tourists were leaving trash on headstones--really people??

Thank Kathy W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent quite of bit of time here, reading and discussing a bit of the history and looking at the tombstones. A beautiful memorial for those that lost their lives to protect ours.

Thank Patricia Z
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Peter W
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Response from shelly160460 | Reviewed this property |
guided tours are brill
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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.
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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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