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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
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Reviewed yesterday

We have been to several memorial cemeteries and while its always an emotional visit, well worth the time. And we always leave with a little bit more history than we started with. It's amazing what we don't know.

Thank JoellenChappell
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a great place to visit, especially as a former military member. Please keep in mind that you'll not be able to stop if you are using one of the tour buses, they are not allowed to part at the memorial. Incredible history and...More

Thank Rene M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We traveled through here with tour guide commentary on the way back from Arizona memorial. Tour guide said Pres. Obama visits grave of family member occasionally. Wouldn’t make a specific trip to see it. Okay to drive through on way to other things.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the final resting place of many soldiers killed at Pearl Harbor in WW2. Veterans cemetery with many things to read and see. A time to remember those who serve.

Thank ggerskine
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited back in February. As you drive in you wonder where are the crosses; there are none. Each grave has a nameplate. As you climb the steps to the top, panels on either side contain the names of veterans missing in action, primarily from WW...More

Thank Salsi69
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Reviewed 1 week ago

When we travel to Hawaii, the National Cemetery of the Pacific in one place we always visit. When we visited a year ago, the visitor center was closed and a temporary visitor center was available. Upon arrival this year, we immediately noticed the new entrance...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very somber visit that left me thinking of all the wasted lives. War is tragic, and cemeteries like this should never exist. However, if they must exist, everyone should visit to pay their respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice so we all could...More

Thank Marcus v
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a place of reverence, but also education. At the top of the steps are depictions of the battles of the Pacific War on an unimaginable scale. The names of those interned here line the stairs leading to the top. Walk up the trail...More

Thank Mark D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were able to visit the Cemetery by using ECHawaii (Executive Chauffeur) Company which uses both Vans as well as SUV's for their clients. Vans and busses are not allowed to stop in the Cemetery but may only drive through. My uncle was lost in...More

Thank Keukamimi
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, AKA the Punchbowl as it sits in the Punchbowl Crater, is a beautiful and well-kept final resting place for so many of our nation's heroes. It was easy to locate using the GPS on our phones and there...More

Thank Maui2014NMR
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Peter W
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Response from shelly160460 | Reviewed this property |
guided tours are brill
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joannie524
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.
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MycornerofTexas
31 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.
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