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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 5 June 2014

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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Reviewed 2 June 2014

With the statue of Columbia watching over the hallowed grounds of National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, it's conducive to offering prayers and homage to those who are resting in peace. Trees give shade, mynah birds roam the grounds-it's a worth the visit for reflection and prayers.

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Reviewed 2 June 2014

Driving into the crater and viewing the graves of our veterans was surreal. Driving through made me appreciate the sacrifice that has been paid by our military veterans.

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Reviewed 1 June 2014

This was a fresh breath of reality. A wonderful island, beautiful people and beaches. We still need to thank our fallen heroes for our lives today.

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Reviewed 31 May 2014

We visited this site on Sunday before Memorial Day and it was decorated beautiful, the flags and flowers really made this cementary look Great !

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