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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 28 February 2016

I enjoyed the 5 days I stayed in Honolulu after my cruise before flying home. I spent a full day on a tour of Pearl Harbour, and another day snorkelling at Hanauma Bay, plus an evening at Legends.

Thank Lynn212015
Reviewed 27 February 2016

Oahu is not just beaches and shopping, there is history like this National Memorial Cemetery. It truly is amazing.

Thank Kaye888
Reviewed 26 February 2016

Wow...this is a must visit area...not much to see other than a cemetery, but very moving when put in perspective of what it means.

Thank Sunlover534
Reviewed 25 February 2016

I found this Memorial - known as "the Punchbowl" because it is nestled in a spent volcano crater - even more moving and thought provoking than the Pearl Harbor Memorial, You MUST climb the steps to the memorial and view the meticulously detailed mosaic maps...More

Thank Charles S
Reviewed 24 February 2016

This was very interesting to see. Anyone who loves history would enjoy it. I just enjoyed the history and the scenery surrounding it and the area.

Thank Sonja M
Reviewed 23 February 2016

We took the Bus from Waikiki to Punchbowl, then it was quite a walk to the front gate (about 15 minutes). I was a little surprised there is no 'visitor center', but we were given a brochure and information from a gentleman at the 'head'...More

Thank djt32
Reviewed 23 February 2016

We went looking for a relatives site and were able to find it easily because of the way they have things arranged and marked.

Thank Christine M
Reviewed 22 February 2016

The cemetery is really serene and well laid out The monument is very beautiful. However, the best thing (particularly from a history lover's pov) is the maps/history engravings within the memorial. It lays out the entire history of WWII, Korea and Vietnam in map form....More

Thank Levi N
Reviewed 22 February 2016

This was a destination with our Discovery Tour drive through Honolulu. We were not allowed to leave our vehicle, but this was an absolutely beautiful must see destination.

Thank BandJHawaiiVisit
Reviewed 21 February 2016

One highlight of our recent stay in Honolulu was our visit to the Punchbowl cemetery. This place memorializes the sacrifice of the thousands of men & women.

Thank papabprop
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Peter W
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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.