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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 6 November 2015

Located on rolling terrain overlooking Honolulu, the memorial cemetary is absolutely stunning. Everything is beautifully laid out and impeccably manicured. Very impressive without being over the top. A very serene and tranquil place befitting its solemn purpose of honoring those who died in the service...More

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Reviewed 6 November 2015

Like Arlington in virginia, this site is a somber reminder of the HIGH cost of Freedom. The site is immacculate, and a place of reverence and reflection. Don't miss it if you are in Honolulu.

Thank Tim C
Reviewed 5 November 2015

Attended this site as part of an organised tour. Recommended if interested in the history of Hawaii. The bus driver explained all the facets of this site and pointed out important areas to be noted.

Thank Wayne H
Reviewed 2 November 2015

This is a memorial cemetery. The area is well kept and has beautiful landscaping. It is a place to reflect on all of the lives lost to protect our freedom.

Thank Sue_ZQ_75
Reviewed 30 October 2015

You can reach this by BUS,the men and women who are buried here have all served their country. Men who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor are buried here. Ernie Pyle and the Astronaut who died in the Challenger Disaster in 1986 is here...More

Thank piepie2015
Reviewed 30 October 2015

A wonderful cemetery to remember those that sacrificed their lives for freedom across the Pacific. The facility is so well maintained and presented.

Thank Phil W
Reviewed 28 October 2015

We took a tour of Honolulu and it included this Veterans Cemetery. The Guide (Roberts tours) was very well versed on the site and had some extraordinary information which adds to the experience. The memorial is grand and beautiful.

Thank Gary H
Reviewed 28 October 2015

Laid a family member to rest here and it is the most beautiful cemetery I have seen. Serene, tranquil, and fit for a veteran.

Thank 553gabya
Reviewed 28 October 2015

We took a half-day tour that drove us through the cemetery and he gave a great overview of the area. Definitely worth the trip.

Thank kodajaz4523
Reviewed 26 October 2015

Spectacular location for a military personnel resting place. I certainly hope that I will be able to find a niche in one of the columbarium niches for me .

Thank SK96815
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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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Response from Will G | Reviewed this property |
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.