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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 4 days ago

This was a visit with my eldest son - being ex forces I always try to ensure that ok attend these memorials to pay respect This was done very well and it was enlightening to see that there was so many Stil MIA - REspect...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Well worth a visit, it is a beautiful tribute to the men and women of the military who served their country.

Thank EFM86
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Reviewed 5 days ago

If you love history, architecture, or landscapes, I highly recommend a visit. Its a solemn, peaceful place with well-manicured lawns, flowering trees and beautiful, detailed exhibits showing all the major historical war battles up to Vietnam. It was a good history refresh for my teenagers...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove through this as a end to our tour that we did on the Arizona and Pearl Harbour, this cemetery is the memorial cemetery for veterans . We didn’t stop to walk around, but it’s a cemetery, what can I say. It was interesting

Thank Michelle f
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The history of this place and the feeling you get from being on such hollowed ground is hard to put into words. There are a lot of heroes buried here. Being a Marine Veteran and if I lived in Hawaii, I'd want to be buried...More

Thank Raymond J
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a "must-see" location - however my wife and I took the city bus to see it and we had to walk 1.2 miles uphill to the cemetery. It was great exercise, but be warned that other modes of transportation may be your better...More

Thank CoastalPicRick
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Travelling up the Punchbowl to the cemetery you leave the bustle of the city behind. The majesty of the rows of graves is impressive. The views of the growing city of Honolulu impressive. Worth a look.

Thank Marenel
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a large cemetery for US military service members. The entry is a long tree lined drive displaying a huge stone figure of a female at the end of the drive. Behind the figure are maps showing all of the wars we have been...More

Thank dakota m
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I come here every visit to Hawaii and spend time with family interned here. Grounds are always well maintained and it is very quiet and peaceful. Little plastic vases are provided to put in our flowers and plant next to each marker. The new visitor...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hubby and I visited here and stayed for a good three hours. There is a short video you can watch - just scenes, no narration. Called the "Arlington of the Pacific". Very humbling to walk around the headstones. There are monuments to the different battles,...More

Thank wearymom3
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Peter W
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guided tours are brill
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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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