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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

Address: 2177 Puowaina Drive, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813
Phone Number: 808-532-3720
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Ranked #9 of 120 Attractions in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The resting place for more than 25,000 victims of three American Wars...
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Type: Cemeteries, Sights & Landmarks
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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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lansing mi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Not a bad drive to take to check out a little history. Very nice cemetery with a nice façade entrance.

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

This place is kept beautiful and is a tribute to all lain to rest there. We went as part of a day trip and it was a sight to see.

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Lithgow, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

I have to say the Americans do these memorials so well! Not only is it an outstanding piece of real estate it is very well kept and a very appropriate memorial and cemetery a beautiful place to spend eternity!

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Fullerton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

This is one of those places that you have to see. The beauty of the grounds, the history and most of all the peacefulness above crazy busy Honolulu. The last time I was here in September they were doing some renovations to the steps at the memorial, so that area was not so peaceful. The view you get of Waikiki... More 

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Chicago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

If you visit this cemetery make sure you go to the memorial on the hill. The mosaic panels explaining all the Pacific battles are beautiful and very informative.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

The setting takes your breath away as you drive in and up the road. Stop first at the Visitors Center on the right to find a specific grave site - a computer is available to search a name. It is a small room with no attendant. There is also a map to indicate the graves of Ernie Pyle, Ellison Onizuka... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

reading the head stones read put things in perspective on how old there's young men were. Recommend see this.

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Greenfield, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We chose to get some exercise and hiked 1.5 miles uphill to visit the Memorial. Entering the well-tended grounds you are presented with spectacular views back to Waikiki and Diamond Head, entering the Cemetery grounds we were awestruck by the quiet beauty of the burial lawns, trees, and the promenade leading to the memorial galleries. This sacred space inspires one... More 

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Ogden, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

This cemetery is worth a quick visit. The monument to the missing soldiers is interesting but part of it is under construction so it is hard to get the full feeling of this monument. They do an excellent job of maintaining the graves here. This is a military cemetery with a lot of World War 2 vets.

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Moore, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

This is the cemetery where most of the people who were killed at the Pearly Harbor attack were buried. Because it is located within a former volcanic crater it is called "The Punchbowl". Nice tour through this beautiful cemetery.

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