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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

2177 Puowaina Drive, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813 (Downtown Honolulu)
808-532-3720
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Ranked #5 of 157 Attractions in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Cemeteries
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Peaceful, serene location that overlooks Honolulu. The overlook isn't the point of the memorial but it's a draw. There is a lot of history here and it's worth a few hours to come and look ... and remember.

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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

It was very memorable. Great place to take your kids to visit history. We took a tour with Grayline and they explained all the historical aspects of the cemetary

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Stoke-on-Trent, England, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This is a tremendous site for reflection on the sacrifices made by the armed forces. There is currently some construction/refurbishment work that limits visitor access to the main memorial, but the grounds & scenic walks are open. Definately worth a visit & an hour or so of your time.

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

What a great place to visit. Makes you very aware of all the soldiers who gave their lives for our country. The views of Honolulu & Waikiki are awesome!

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

When we visited, there were some maintenance works going on at the cemetery memorial so we spent most of the time at the view over Waikiki. To get to it, you need to go to the top and side of the cemetery and then walk about 10 minutes to the view point. The path to the view point has many... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Great maps on display showing all the wars, very peaceful and well cared for. Great views back over Waikiki and to Diamond Head from the road. Can be difficult to find as the road goes through residential areas but is reasonably well signposted

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

In the Punchbowl Crater (extinct volcano) in Honolulu Hawaii on a plateau overlooking the city. While on a bus tour of Honolulu we drove through, taking in the memorial cemetery and learning about this final resting place of these fallen hero's. This is a beautifully solemn, peaceful well manicured cemetery unlike anything else. Tens of thousands of graves spread across... More

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Houston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Displays of the maritime battle histories were fascinating to me. Seeing how many sailors were just plain never accounted for was stunning. You can spend 30 minutes or many hours in this place depending on your schedule.

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Roseville, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

First visited here as part of our Pearl Harbor Tour on the bus, then we came back in our car so we could stop and go up to memorials to the war in the Pacific. Beautiful mosaic artwork displaying the movement of the troops in the pacific theater. (*lots and lots of stairs, but worth the climb)

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Jackson, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Beautiful place to pay respects to those who have fallen in the wars. The cemetery is sprawled out across the beautiful grassy field up in the mountain surrounded by trees. There is a good view of downtown Honolulu from the top. At the top of the cemetery is a memorial where you can view all the different maps of the... More

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