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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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  • Average5%
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“buried here” (93 reviews)
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2177 Puowaina Dr, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813-1729
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+1 808-532-3720
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Reviewed 15 January 2016

While this is primarily a cemetery for military personnel, it has a very good map and descriptive display of the WWII, Korean and Vietnam wars on large stone displays. In addition, there is a wonderful scenic area giving you a panoramic view of Honolulu from...More

Reviewed 14 January 2016 via mobile

This is an example of tax dollars spent well. The mosaic display of the history of events is beautiful and so informative. Made me wish I'd paid attention more in school to understand the gravity of each battle and the implications. Don't skip the overlook!...More

Reviewed 14 January 2016

I love this place with all of its history. A beautiful cemetery. There are several famous people buried here. And there are services going on all the time.

Reviewed 14 January 2016

WW II Hero's our fallen laid to rest in a wonderful setting. The first time I visited was when I was in uniform and as moving as the visit was for a young sailor, I find it is just as moving now as an old...More

Reviewed 12 January 2016

You really need to have a car to visit this place as it is not easy to get to by bus however it is a beautiful and very respectful cemetery and a very scenic spot. Definitely worth driving through if you have a rental car.

Reviewed 11 January 2016 via mobile

I would advise anyone to see and learn about history especially here. Those men and women who lost their lives should be remembered and their story told for all to hear. Loved our whole day here and at Pearl Harbor.

Reviewed 6 January 2016

Be sure to read on special sections here where people are and the annual rituals they have for the park

Reviewed 5 January 2016

National cemetery a little off the beaten path but well worth a visit. WWII memorials, famous Americans lost in that war and on the Challenger space shuttle. Tribute to our nation's MIA's is impressive as is the chapel.

Reviewed 5 January 2016

We really enjoyed the description of the battles on the main memorial walls. The site itself is beautiful and serene and we spent some lovely contemplative and reflective time wandering the grounds. Thank you, Hawaii.

Reviewed 4 January 2016

A suitable resting place for the many enlisted men and women. It's beautifully landscaped gardens nestled in the crater.

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Peter W
11 May 2017
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Response from Larry M | Reviewed this property
I have seen tour busses there, personally I feel renting a car and driving up to the punch bowl (National Cemetery) on your own is a much better option. You get the feel of the land much better that way. Take as much time as... More
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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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Response from Will G | Reviewed this property
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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