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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 2 days ago

We were on a tour so we did not get out and walk around...sure wish we could have. Beautiful place with many amazing stories of the people buried here. I enjoy visiting cemeteries so it might not be for everyone but I would have enjoyed...More

Thank AZMichele
Reviewed 3 days ago

We were taken to this cemetery on one of our tours. Beautiful place to be at rest. We just did a drive through. Grounds were well manicured.

Thank colleenchildrey
Reviewed 4 days ago

Took in the cemetery as part of our day tour around Honolulu. Would love to come back and spend more time here, such a beautiful place for the many that are laid to rest here.

Thank Steve D
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Although Hawaii is a great tourist destination, it's worth remembering that it is still a military base and the military is the main 'industry' on the island. It's a beautiful monument and cemetery to visit - the lawns are so well kept and the gardens...More

Thank mokgj
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This place is where many of our U.S. service men & women are buried from WW1, WW2, Korean and Vietnam war and they still do burials today. To be buried here you have to of served honorably in the U.S. Military. As you enter you'll...More

Thank Larry M
Reviewed 6 days ago

We literally just drove through here as part of a tour. Very sobering to see all the graves. When we were there another service was in progress. The cemetery has 53000 veterans buried there and has outgrown the space available. The entrance to the cemetery...More

Thank WoodstockJack2013
Reviewed 1 week ago

Part of our tour of Pearl Harbor and the Missouri. Very solemn setting where heroes are laid to rest. Unable to exit the tour bus. Private cars can park and exit to visit graves.

Thank Chuck8700
Reviewed 1 week ago

This cemetery is not close to the other attractions near Honolulu. You need to take a steep and winding road up here; we took The Bus. You get a magnificent view of the city without having to hike a mountain. There is also a remarkable...More

Thank DWbiker
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were here just after Memorial weekend and were so impressed with every grave fitted with a lei and flag. This place is beautifully maintained.

Thank sueandjim78
Reviewed 1 week ago

A serene, beautiful setting honoring our veterans. Well maintained. A must is taking the trail on the left hillside of the crater. You will come to a viewing spot that overlooks all of Honolulu. The short pathway starts right at the back of the memorial...More

1  Thank KailuaGranny
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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
23 September 2016|
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Response from SoCalOregonian | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is open to the public. It is a National Cemetery.
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.