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“Beautiful site near downtown Honolulu”

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.
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“Beautiful site near downtown Honolulu”
Reviewed 9 August 2014

The site is beautiful and quite informative. Many veterans of WWII and Hawaiian veterans are buried here. Its worth a stop for the amazing views of Honolulu as well. It's not a full day trip, maybe a couple of hours.

Visited June 2014
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

This place is the resting place of so many men and it is well looked after and the views are amazing, take the time to walk thru and read some of the names and to pay your respect.

Visited June 2014
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West Monroe
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Amazing site!”
Reviewed 8 August 2014

I had experienced the cemetery one previous time. I returned with friends, telling them they must visit. It is wheel groomed with a view overlooking Honolulu and facing Diamond Head! It completes the tour starting at the Arizona and them USS Missouri and finalizing with The Cemetery of the Pacific. Little known, but a must see!

Visited August 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Beautiful, sobering”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

On the whole, there may not be a more beautiful spot on Oahu, despite the sobering reason for its existence. Tens of thousands of graves are spread across acres of green land and there is a monument honoring nearly 30,000 whose remains were never found. For World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War history enthusiasts tile maps of the wars decorate the monument, along with a chapel. The chapel is simple, purporting to be "interfaith" but with symbols placed in a way that clearly emphasizes Christianity over Judaism and Buddhism, an unfortunate bit of jingoism in my opinion. But that is a small matter. There are incomparable views from this space and items of historical interest, such as a small memorial honoring Hawaiians who fought for the Union in the U.S. Civil War, although the then-Kingdom of Hawaii was officially neutral.

Visited July 2014
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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“A tribute to the brave of WWII”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Beautifully landscaped and overlooking the bulk of Oahu island, this cemetery will immediately indicate the courage and numbers of the fallen during the second World War. With the exception of a few graves of notable heroes, one only tours the serene and artful 'memorial' itself (dedicated to the various 'theaters' of the Pacific) and quietly takes in the enormity of it all.

Visited June 2014
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