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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

Wasn't sure what to expect at this cemetery but if your a history buff, it's worth the visit. Park at the visitor center and take the walk to the entrance. The cemetery itself is humbling, but it's the memorial that awe inspiring. There are murals...More

Thank FredM737
Reviewed yesterday

We didn't get to spend much time here but to see the graves of those who paid the ultimate price for freedom was a wake up call.

Thank Arthur S
Reviewed 2 days ago

Every time we are in Honolulu we go by and see the memorial for those who lost their life serving their county. It is a special place for me, as it allows me to visit with my grandpa who lost his life making mine better!

Thank T R
Reviewed 5 days ago

The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (aka "Punchbowl") is a must see place on Oahu. To me, it is a patriotic duty to visit Punchbowl and pay respects to the thousands of American heroes that rest here. It certainly gives one a sense of...More

Thank Chuck M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This memorial is a drive through cemetery to honor those soldiers who fought in the Pacific theater during World War II. Well maintained and still active for those that qualify to be buried here.

Thank Glenn M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Drove into the punch bowl around the military graves below, absolutely beautiful grounds and monuments. Very solemn place, walked up to lookout plaza above for a view of city and beach from this very windy place, not to be missed!

Thank Bob M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The resting place for those who have passed away serving the people of the USA. All Pearl Harbor Service men & women are buried here. Most visiting Presidents including our own Barak Obama’s family has come numerous times.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was on a tour bus, and they don't let you get out to walk the grounds, but even slowly driving through and hearing the history is a moving experience and certainly due a quick visit.

Thank Travel R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Recently held a memorial service at Punchbowl for my wife's mother where she is interned with her husband, brother as well as my parents. A special place. Serene setting. Excellent murals and historical narratives of US military from WW1 to recent times. Like Arlington, but...More

Thank haschwald
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very amazing site. even if you are not related to anyone here it is still worth going and paying your respects the the men and women that have come before us.

Thank Dustin L
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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
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.
30 July 2016|
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Response from | 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.