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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 2 days ago

This is a beautiful place. It is a memorial to all who fought and died in the Pacific theater in World War II. But it is also an active military cemetery and there was a funeral going on the day that we visited. Out of...More

Thank Verbelly
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Lovely location in the Punchbowl. Reflecting on the many lives and the history leaves one humbled. Well cared for.

Thank Parksc
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Don't miss the battle-by-battle descriptions around the perimeter of the large building. It is simply fascinating and very accurate of the period from December 1941 to September 1945. It also has special sections on the Korean and VietNam wars. This is place to respect your...More

Thank TCregular
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We did a bus tour and this was a place of respect and beauty. We were glad it was included. It is kept pristine--sad that they had to quit letting bus's stop because tourists were leaving trash on headstones--really people??

Thank Kathy W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent quite of bit of time here, reading and discussing a bit of the history and looking at the tombstones. A beautiful memorial for those that lost their lives to protect ours.

Thank Patricia Z
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Reviewed 1 week ago

After flying to Hawaii and checking into the hotel, we needed to walk. First visit was to pay our respect to the service people in the National Memorial Cemetery. It is well done, chronological, easy to understand and well worth a visit. There is also...More

Thank netmoller69
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Reviewed 1 week ago

worth a visit. It made me feel proud of our country & the men & women who had & are still serving it.

Thank disappointed96
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful grounds we went to visit my wife's grandfather. The staff were great and the area well well kepted. Truely a must see place.

Thank Marc R
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Reviewed 1 week ago

First place we drove to, even before we checked into our hotel. So glad we did! Another must-see. It really gives you perspective on how many have died for your freedom.

Thank bmac135
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a large, beautifully maintained military cemetery. You can spend a long time here because there is a lot to see from the amazing trees to the beautifully maintained lawns and stones to the columbarium to the memorial itself with maps of the Pacific...More

Thank Judy G
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Peter W
11 May 2017|
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Response from shelly160460 | Reviewed this property |
guided tours are brill
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joannie524
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.
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MycornerofTexas
31 July 2016|
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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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