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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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08:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:30
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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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Beautiful Cemetery as you go up the mountain. It does not look like the usual national cemeteries with a sea of white crosses. As you climb the steps up to the top there is much... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful Cemetery as you go up the mountain. It does not look like the usual national cemeteries with a sea of white crosses. As you climb the steps up to the top there is much to read, At the top there is the history of the South Pacific,very interesting! A lovely chapel. Very cool place!!!!

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This cemetery is spread out and all in a dormant crater. Driving up is going up, up and up! Once you enter the cemetery, it's like another world from busy and sometimes hectic, Waikiki. So serene. Get out and walk. Be sure to lock your car though...bad things can still happen in nice places. It's all set in circles with... More 

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Taylors, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very inspirational and instructional. So thankful for the sacrifice of these heroes. So glad I took the time to visit sacred place

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We made this trip with our tour but came back on our own to really take it in. A must when you visit hawaii

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This cemetery is one of the few to be in a crater, and also has a nice viewing spot for Diamondhead, plus the city of Honolulu. Worth a visit just for these two things.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My first impression was flying over. I had no idea what I was looking at but it was beautiful. Later driving up I was able to put land and air visuals together. What a beautiful resting place. Majestic and peaceful.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Just did a drive by in a tour as you aren't allowed to get out. It was very impressive and the views from the punch bowl were good.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were driven around the Cemetery in a bus with a very good guide, who gave us a lot of information. We were not allowed to walk around the Cemetery, not sure if this is allowed or not. However, a guided tour in a bus is well worth the experience.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth the drive up to see the cemetery which forms such a part of WW11 history. Most Arizona Tours include this in their itinerary.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Must visit when coming to Honolulu. Come and pay your respects to the heroes of our country. Take your time to visit.

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