After visiting The Arizona Memorial, I felt we had seen enough in terms of war memorials. But then we moved to Oahu and I had a lot more time to explore. The Cemetery of the Pacific has been a site I have taken all of our guests -- for several reasons. One, it is a rare drive to the top of one of Oahu's mostly unnavigable volcanic mountaintops. The punchbowl is beautifully manicured and the views of Honolulu and the Pacific are extraordinary. Two, a couple of years ago, they added murals depicting the Vietnam War. Since my husband is a vet, I was eager to see these new panels. While there, I was able to pinpoint where he fought (Tan Son Nhut) and also, where my father was (Ulithi) during World War II. Third, it is a beautiful, peaceful, lovely site to explore and you are most welcome to linger on the grounds. (Friends and I actually bought bento boxes and ate our lunch under the trees.) Part of the majesty of this spot is the imposing staircase flanked by the names of veterans and topped with the war theater panels and a non-denominational chapel. Be assured it is wheelchair accessible from another entrance. Do plan a visit while you are in Honolulu. You can drive up from the hotels in less than 2 hours round-trip (and see President Obama's high school: Punahou) along the way.
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