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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

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Address: 2177 Puowaina Dr, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813-1729
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+1 808-532-3720
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The resting place for more than 25,000 victims of three American Wars -...

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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Beautifully tended graveyard.

Worth the detour to see this peaceful graveyard setting where ex. Military are buried. The gravestones are all horizontal rather than upright which is unusually in my experience... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Algarve, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Worth the detour to see this peaceful graveyard setting where ex. Military are buried. The gravestones are all horizontal rather than upright which is unusually in my experience but gives a wonderfully open view.

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Pilot Point, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Humbling to say the least. No words were spoken on our tour bus. It is an amazing place and I feel blessed to say those men fought for my freedom.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A very quiet and reflective place to pay respects to those who perished in the war. We were on a tour so there was not a long time to spend there...just enough time to take some photographs, but definately worth taking the time to go back there and stay a while longer.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Not only is this a Memorial cemetery but there is also a wall that shows all the battle fields of World War II from Hawaii to Japan. It is something you want to spend a lot of time at, reading and reflecting. You can also put in a name of a loved one that may be buried there and it... More 

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Newport News, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This hauntingly beautiful place is not to be missed, especially if you love history, or just wish to see the beautiful views of the crater!

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North Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is in Punch Bowl. An extinct volcano. These men and women were killed in the Pacific Theater. It is our history and worth honoring our service men and women

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

a quiet moving place, well kept. a wet visit but our tour guide was a mine of information about the Punchbowl.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our driver was full of information about the cemetery and the drive to it was off the beaten path. Because we didn't stop, pictures on FB would have been good enough. However, if I would have had the opportunity I would have walked the grounds. A lot of history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Other than Arlington National Cemetery, I cannot think of a more magnificent or more appropriate to honor those lost in World War II. The grounds are superbly maintained and are simply spectacular. Be sure to walk up to the observation area that affords a commanding view of Honolulu.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I visit this place with my husband and my daughter as an outing since I been living in Oahu for over two years I though it would be nice taking them, I was so impress it has so much beauty and the structures are stunning, there is plenty of shade and you can walk all the way from the memorial... More 

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