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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

2177 Puowaina Drive, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813
808-532-3720
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Ranked #7 of 124 Attractions in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries, Cultural
Owner description: The resting place for more than 25,000 victims of three American Wars...
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Type: Cemeteries, Cultural
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
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.
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Delmar, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

We visited Oahu in August and made a point of including this Memorial Cemetery on our itinerary. It is an overwhelming experience coming to this "majestic" cemetery and walking around amid the graves of all the fallen men who fought in World War II. The cemetery itself is quite beautiful. Little known general fact is one of the graves belongs... More 

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Towcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

pristinely kept and a fitting war memorial worth a look it is not morbid I have never seen a better memorial anywhere

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

We first saw this as part of our Pearl Harbor tour and had to go back on our last day on Oahu. It is a really nice place, historical and lots of interesting foliage. The Chapel has lots of mosaic maps. I personally liked this much better than Pearl Harbor. I could easily see repeat visits, not so much with... More 

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River Heads, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

everything that is built here is significant to the site. its very historic and you can tell locals are passionate about their history.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Much has been said about this National cemetery in other reviews so there is not much to add. However I must encourage you to walk up to the chapel in the monument as the murals that depict the entire sequence of actions in WWII. This is one of the many cemeteries and monuments maintained by the Battlefield Monuments Commission, the... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

A lovely quiet place as a memorial. Another crater which now has another use. Excellent views over Honolulu as well from up here. A bit of a windy road to get there but worth it

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Altoona, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

If you want to see an absolutely beautiful, peaceful resting place to honor veterans, this is a must. It is alittle tricky to find with quick left and right turns, but it is worth getting lost over. Once you enter the cemetery, you will see the carefully spaced, lovely Chinese baryon trees lining the perfectly manicured graves. The views of... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

If you rent a car, go here and wander around. (sadly, the bus tours only do a slow cruise past the graves and you don't get to see very much of the beautiful space that is this national cemetery) The grounds staff are FANTASTIC!! They are knowledgeable and friendly. The mosaics at the very front of the memorial are incredible... More 

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Dallas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

This cemetery is well worth a visit and a place to remember those who protected our freedom and way of life. A quiet place to remini

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Paradise, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Unfortunately we were unaware that tour buses can only drive through this beautiful memorial and are not allowed to stop. Had we know in advance we would have rented a car and paid a proper visit.

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