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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 #7 of 160 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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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Awesome, beautiful, emotional. Spend at least an hour here! The grounds are spectacular as is the view

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Spalding, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

You get to understand the large loss of life when you see all the stones marking thousands of graves. A views of Honolulu from the grounds are as impressive as the site its self. It is well cared for and they are still adding to it. We went round whilst in a coach and no one spoke until we were... More

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Dover, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

This is quite an impressive site. What made it even more so was that we had talked to the bartender in our hotel the nite before and he told us that his father, who had served in the 442 regiment during WWII and also served in Korea and Viet Nam was buried in the one section of the cementary.

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Honesdale, pa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Beautiful grounds, overlook and memorial. A great way to pay tribute to those who sacrificed it all.

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Chicopee, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

There is a bit of updating going on at the memorial plaza but it doesn't stop you from seeing an absolutely beautiful place. The cemetery is in beautiful condition and the staff is dedicated to take excellent care of the graves and grounds. The views of Honolulu, from the observation points, are incredible.

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Ocean Park, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Not too much going on the day that I visited. There was some repairs going on at the time and some updating near the chapel should be explored. I would recommend the site. It was beautiful and very well kept. It must cost a fortune in upkeep to the grounds.

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Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Without a knowledgeable tour guide, it is difficult to find the historic significance and background of this site. The staff has chosen to focus on the cemetery itself, and less so on the historic site aspects. One gets a sense of the stories that are here, but without something to guide or assist you most of it will be out... More

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Whitehorse, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The single bathroom (men's) that was open was a disgrace, and I had to stand guard while the women in our group used it. Having the grounds rather unkempt, no signs indicating where parking might be found, and much of the main memorial fenced off and being worked on by a crew with no English speaking workers finished it off... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Was very interesting. We didn't get out of the bus, however, the driver stopped by important sites and explained who was buried there. There was a funeral going on when we entered the cemetery. Not a lot of mourners but a handful of gentlemen dressed in military uniforms. Was good.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Very moving and sober and a place to reflect on the lives lost to war. I would recommend. We took a bus tour so it was easy to view and get too

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