National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
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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  • JenJuniper
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    National Memorial Cemetery means it’s a CEMETERY for US Armed Forces-not a visitor’s center or a local park.
    The fact that I have to put this in words is so disheartening. Punchbowl is a cemetery, hence “National Memorial Cemetery.” It’s a sacred space, a place of honor for those who were killed in action and those who served in the US Armed Forces. It’s also a beautiful memorial to the missing whose remains were unidentifiable and those who were never found. For anyone low rating this place of honor and complaining they “couldn’t get off of the bus and walk around,” it’s not an amusement park. This is the final resting place for many real human beings who were deeply loved in their lifetimes, many of whom were taken from us far too soon. Please show a bit of respect in your comments and if you do come to visit. FYI: many of us are still actively mourning when we come to visit our loved ones here, so please keep that in mind.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 June 2023
  • Travelwife
    Tennessee69 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely beautiful & VERY WELL done!
    This is an absolutely beautiful & very well done cemetery/memorial. My great uncle's name is here. He died at sea on the USS Franklin in WWII, so we came to find & leave flowers below his name. Even though it is right in the middle of Honolulu, it was so peaceful! I think the walls of the crater block out the noise of Honolulu. I loved all the quotes around the cemetery. I truly believe this place gives honor to those who have fallen for our freedom in the Pacific wars. Even though I never met my great uncle, it brought tears to my eyes. It was overwhelming to see all the names of those who died in these wars to give us our freedom. It is an actual cemetery as others have mentioned, so it is to be treated as one, but I believe it is a good stop even if you don't have family here, just to get a sense of how many people died for us & what the cost of our freedom was, especially after visiting Pearl Harbor. I am so thankful there is a place that lists the names of those who died & were buried at sea or on foreign soil & whose remains did not make it home. All the maps were very helpful & beautifully done. Each map is very large & made up of hundreds of very small pieces of glass. One map showed exactly where my uncle's ship would have been when it was bombed & where he was buried at sea. There is a small chapel where people had left flowers for loved ones. If I ever come here again, I believe I would bring more flowers to leave in not just my uncle's, but all of the fallen men & women's honor. Maybe flowers for each war or each wall or maybe just some in the chapel for everyone. I believe it would be a very small token of appreciation showing we haven't forgotten what their deaths gave us. There is a quote there that says to take their deaths & give them their meaning. It was a time of quiet reflection/meditation to ask myself, are we doing that? If you visit, please allow time to read all the quotes & look at all the maps & leave time for reflection/meditation & to soak it all in. NOTE: On your way out, after you drive through the gate, if you stop on the side of the road you can get an amazing panoramic view of Honolulu.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 7 July 2023
  • rita2510
    Markham, Canada14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Heaven on earth
    Where on earth can you find dignity, beauty and serenity in one place? This is THE place. The very first time we got there via a tourist trolley, we didn’t know what to expect. Once the trolley started going inside slowly, the presence of dignity and serenity were so strong that I just couldn’t deny its presence. The experience was so real and intense that we had to revisit this place on our very last day before departure. This is certainly one of the most memorable moments in our lives.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Emma W
    Auckland, New Zealand728 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice way to end the day
    We visited the Cemetery on our way back to Waikiki from Pearl Harbor. It was nice to end our day walking around the memorial, reading the information and taking in the impressive view. If you have a car on Oahu, don't miss going to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 January 2024
  • Tofurry
    Renton, Washington1,069 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Large and peaceful cemetery
    We drove here after Pearl Harbor. It was quite a change from the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites. While there were so many people and tours at Pearl Harbor, we only saw a few people at this site. There is actually quite a bit to see here, including the Courts of the Missing, and the mosaic battle maps. The huge statue at the top of the stairs is a sight to see. And the cemetery is in a crater. Impressive.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 March 2024
  • angeleyes27
    Brigantine, New Jersey5,283 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful place for veterans
    This beautiful cemetery isn’t far from downtown Honolulu. The main thing to see is the memorial with the mosaics at the top of the hill. Something is being built to the left of the memorial. There is a chapel in the middle and each of the places on the sides has names of those killed in action. Easy to find parking
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 April 2024
  • tammyBaltimore_Md
    Baltimore, Maryland3,819 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and HUGE cemetery honoring those who served
    The several times I've been to Honolulu over the years, this was my 1st visit. I walked from downtown which is quite a walk mainly uphill if you're fit but took the Bus back. Definitely a moving place to visit especially if you had family who served. The visitor center is nice, with helpful staff and bathroom. Then you walk or drive up hill until you see the vast area, with the memorial, halls, small chapel and mausoleums. Nice views of the ocean and Diamondhead from below and afar. Definitely worth a visit, around 2 miles from cruise port.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 April 2024
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tammyBaltimore_Md
Baltimore, MD3,819 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Solo
The several times I've been to Honolulu over the years, this was my 1st visit. I walked from downtown which is quite a walk mainly uphill if you're fit but took the Bus back.
Definitely a moving place to visit especially if you had family who served.
The visitor center is nice, with helpful staff and bathroom.
Then you walk or drive up hill until you see the vast area, with the memorial, halls, small chapel and mausoleums.
Nice views of the ocean and Diamondhead from below and afar.
Definitely worth a visit, around 2 miles from cruise port.
Written 22 April 2024
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angeleyes27
Brigantine, NJ5,283 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This beautiful cemetery isn’t far from downtown Honolulu. The main thing to see is the memorial with the mosaics at the top of the hill. Something is being built to the left of the memorial. There is a chapel in the middle and each of the places on the sides has names of those killed in action. Easy to find parking
Written 2 April 2024
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Tofurry
Renton, WA1,069 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We drove here after Pearl Harbor. It was quite a change from the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites. While there were so many people and tours at Pearl Harbor, we only saw a few people at this site.

There is actually quite a bit to see here, including the Courts of the Missing, and the mosaic battle maps. The huge statue at the top of the stairs is a sight to see. And the cemetery is in a crater. Impressive.
Written 27 March 2024
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Sandi
Calgary159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We always visit the punchbowl while in Honolulu. It is a quiet place but full of history - first victims of Pearl harbour and the Challenger astronaut are buried here. We want to pay our respect. Walk along the path of memorial stones.
Written 20 March 2024
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Lisa J
Plant City, FL937 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We just drove through and we did not get out. They say it is full so no more can be bury there.But its a beautiful and peaceful place.
Written 18 March 2024
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Emma W
Auckland, New Zealand728 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We visited the Cemetery on our way back to Waikiki from Pearl Harbor. It was nice to end our day walking around the memorial, reading the information and taking in the impressive view.

If you have a car on Oahu, don't miss going to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
Written 12 January 2024
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J E
Austin, TX2,767 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
It is worth your time to visit. It is a beautiful place. It also has a great view of downtown Honolulu. It was peaceful. We enjoyed walking around. There are also really nice bathrooms located here. I highly recommend it.
Written 23 December 2023
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Go43629013078
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Number one place to see Honolulu and its free. You can see the airport, downtown, Kakaako, Ala Moana, Waikiki and UH Manoa
Written 23 December 2023
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Canucksontheloose
Victoria, Canada735 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
If there is a place of beauty and peace that allows you to reflect on life and those who fought for your freedom, it is here. Beneath the blue sky, you can respectfully walk among the graves and admire the names of those who fought in the different wars. The walk up to the Memorial is mesmerizing, esp. with the huge, old trees lining the boulevard. You are greeted by Lady Columbia (large central statue) as you climb up the stairs, where there is a hidden chapel and galleries of historical war events mapped out in impressive detail -- many in gorgeous mosaics. You will also find breathtaking views of Waikiki, Diamond Head and the airport from a look-out point furnished with benches and a nice breeze. This is a really special place and I'm so glad I visited here; it's like heaven on earth. I learned some history from the magnificent galleries too. A great experience. Wheelchair/stroller access to the Memorial. Washrooms at the Chapel and Visitor Centre. Free entry. Open 8am-6pm.
Written 20 November 2023
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GrumpyandtheOldLady
New York City, NY610 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Grumpy has been wanting to come here for quite awhile. There is marked parking at the visitor center. Do not park in the area marked for funerals - this is still an active burial site and burials may be going on. Make sure to visit the exhibits inside the visitor center before going into the ranger area. Take a map of the graves but be forewarned: we told them of several errors on the map grave numbers not matching the actual sites. They were surprised and said they will update the map (but who knows how long that will take.) Be advised that Grave 1-A, the first internment in the cemetery, was of an unknown soldier killed in Pearl Harbor, but there no longer is a marker. The unknown soldier was recently (2 years ago?) identified through DNA testing, his family was found, his body exhumed, and he is now buried near his home. The workers in the cemetery itself are amazingly helpful in tracking down graves that you can't find or are incorrect on the map. We had two trying to help us find out what happened to grave 1 A (now a blank area) and by the end, 6-8 workers ended up coming together to give us the information listed above. Unbelievably helpful workers! This site is well worth the visit. Take your time, bring your hat and sunscreen, go to the monument, and follow your visit with a gorgeous view from the mountaintop off Round Top Drive.
Written 12 November 2023
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