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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
+1 808-532-3720
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Reviewed 1 week ago

At least drive through and pay your respects. You will find Ernie Pyle's grave surrounded by unknowns as he requested. It is on the main drive.

Thank smartnetkate
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our tour to Pearl Harbour included a drive through the cemetery. It wouldn't be a place to go to by itself but it was included with the tour so it wasn't bad.

Thank wilde_bunch
Reviewed 1 week ago

very pretty but I was exhausted by the time we got there after being at Pearl harbor all day. I'd like to go back again.

Thank Deniece C
Reviewed 1 week ago

The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific is well done. The maps that depict battles are clear and educational. The Cemetery is green, lush and hosts a great view. There are clean restrooms available. Read a little history before you arrive, this land has historical...More

Thank Ann C
Reviewed 1 week ago

I decided that I needed to see this as it was one my list of places to visit, there is information regarding the wars and if you walk along the graves you will be shocked to see that there are a few unknown graves which...More

Thank konagirl-8
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting to see the memorials to the fallen. Immaculately kept. A must see to put on the 'to see' list when Honolulu

Thank Caroldave18
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

have visited several times. very pretty and well kept. They have replaced the cross head markers with in ground ones which take away from the Military feel of the cemetary. Lots of beautiful views.

Thank judogayle
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited the Cemetery at Punchbowl for the first time. It is beautiful and thought provoking. I had to ask myself, "Why do we have wars?" and, "Why do we still have wars?" It is a reminder of the havoc of wars and the devastating effect...More

Thank Greg G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove through here on a tour, I didn't expect to visit the park but am glad we did. Our guide was sensational, full of facts and trivia. This memorial cemetery is extremely well put together and maintained and is very respectful of the those...More

Thank craigmwhite
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Did this as part of city tour of Honolulu, it was fantastic. If you ever have the chance to visit Oahu do it.

Thank flossytupps
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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 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.