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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 155 attractions in Honolulu
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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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Thessaloniki
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

You should visit this place, although is a cemetery, will give you a good idea of all the battles that took place in the Pacific area. A photo in front of the big white statue is a must.

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Harrisonville, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This is yet another great history lesson in and around the Honolulu area. 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... More

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USA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

As a previous reviewer commented, this is truly a solemn experience, but well worth the trip. My wife and I stopped at the cemetery on July 4th on our way back to Waikiki from the Windward Coast, and seemed to have almost the entire cemetery to ourselves. Having known that a relative lost his life in the Pacific Theater of... More

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Connecticut
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34 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Took a tour of this cemetery as part of our trip to Pearl Harbor. It was a poignant and solemn experience.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This cemetery sits on a plateau overlooking the city. Since the old pictures I have seen they removed the crosses/ tombstones and now it is just a big lawn but still quite emotional.

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Toronto, Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

for such a deserving group of pacific war heroes. We drove through the entrance and infront of the monument and Tomb of the unknown soldier as part of our tour to Pearl Harbour and the USS Arizona Memorial. I was overwhelmed at the site of the American Flag at half mast signifying that an veteran had been interned that day.... More

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Kingman, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Although its not out of the way by any stretch, since we drove here ourselves without a guidebook, I don't think we did it justice (ie. I forgot there were mosaics further up). The monument itself is substantial compared to other national cemeteries we've been to but if you've been to D.C. and/or Arlington, its a bit of a letdown.... More

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Kensington, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Much of the memorial was under construction/remodeling when we visited. There are a lot of steps up to the top, but there is also a drive that goes there, definitely a better option! We were able to see the mosaics, a highlight of the memorial. They show the development of various battles of WWII, Korean War and Viet Nam. Not... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

If you have multiple days in your visit to Honolulu, and particularly if you have a rental car, make a visit. The drive is very doable, away from center city, and amid a lovely, hilly, residential area. The view from the top is amazing. Hawaii is wonderfully unique but is also a part of the American story. The heros buried... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Manicured beautiful gardens with glorious trees and blossoms - a perfect place for your American lads to rest in peace

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