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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 3 December 2015

Great place to visit, very solemn. The winding road up there is well worth the end result. The statue of Lady Columbus was stunning.

Thank Therese G
Reviewed 1 December 2015

A trip through the cemetery is a very moving experience. The pathways and roadways are very well maintained and easy to navigate. The road up to the cemetery is a little different story but worth the ride up! Views of Wiakiki from the top are...More

Thank 622JimT
Reviewed 28 November 2015

It is a beautiful place. When there they were setting up to repatriate unknown soldiers. Have a drive around, walk the pathways. When you take the pathway up to the top you are rewarded with some amazing views over Waikiki to Ewa.

Thank viking_princess007
Reviewed 24 November 2015 via mobile

Visited here after seeing the Pearl Harbor memorials. The Chinese Banyan trees and the monument were the highlights. The road up to and back from the cemetery is a little treacherous.

Thank Douglas H
Reviewed 23 November 2015

I was 6 years of age when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Most of my life I have held this memory in my heart. To visit this place is a very humbling experience. My best friends brother is buried here. Excellent maintenance of cemetery. God Bless...More

Thank Betty P
Reviewed 23 November 2015

A drive thru was part of our tour as we returned from Pearl Harbor. It is a beautifully maintained VA cemetery. Beautiful monuments.

Thank Sunshine309
Reviewed 22 November 2015

What a beautiful place to lay to rest so many of those who have defended our country. The view on the way to the Memorial is absolutely beautiful, I am very thankful I was able to pay my respects to those who have gone on...More

Thank Rickspetbett
Reviewed 22 November 2015

So beautiful. So peaceful. Actually historically interesting with dioramas of the major battles. Great views of all of Honolulu. As an aside, if you are a runner, run up there first thing in the morning. Magical. Only a 500 ft climb from sea level.

Thank cirrus763c
Reviewed 22 November 2015

This is the burial ground for many of those who died in the Pacific theater of World War II. It is a beautiful location, well-maintained and has some very nice monuments honoring those who served our country. The views are excellent and the historical significance...More

Thank Maikai_hoaloha
Reviewed 20 November 2015

We planned on going to Iolani Palace on this particular Sunday, only to discover that it was closed, so when we got off the bus near there, we decided that we would walk to the Punchbowl Memorial Cemetery instead. We asked a young local lad...More

Thank Caroaminholidays
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Peter W
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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.