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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
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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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 NEW

A beautiful cemetary. It was very important to hear about the history and significance of this sacred place.

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Moneta, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 NEW

The bus driver took the group through the cemetery very slow as he could not stop, and he did an excellent job giving us all the facts. The cemetery is very well taken care of, however, it was a little disappointing that there was not a place to stop briefly to take pictures.

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 NEW

If you Love the USA and really want to see a great Memorial come here. The fact that most of who died for us were 18-21 year old men, well might make you a little mad how the Country is now being run.

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cheshire
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

Very thought provoking visit. We liked the memorial with all the names inscribed on it. A fitting way to pay your respects. A lot of though has gone into this, and all set in beautiful gardens.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

This memorial and cemetery is a smaller type of Arlington cemetery in Washington, DC. It includes unidentified remains from the bombing of Pearl Harbor. There are stone tablets listed all of servicemen in WWII, Korean, and Vietnam, that were never recovered. Ernie Pyle, the famous correspondent, is buried there. There are many other military members that have been buried there... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

If you have the time Punch bowl is an easy drive through with a short stop. The grounds are immaculate and the setting is truly unique

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Beautiful location / worth the time to pay yur respects. The viewis also amazing and the whole place is well maintained - never seen anything like it before.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

On the day we visited the cemetery we had just been to the arizona memorial, then the missouri and then the bus took us through Honolulu and the cemetery. it was a great addition to the historical story and whilst educational and informative was never dull.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

A beautiful, somber place of reflection befitting those whose sacrificed so much for us. I wish Pearl Harbor was as aesthetically pleasing as the cemetery. The memorial is worth the walk up the steps...the mosaics are an artful representation of ugly conflicts and president Lincoln's words etched beneath Columbia are very moving. Beautiful views of Honolulu from the top, too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This is another "don't miss" on your visit to Oahu. You don't want to pass this by. There is such a respect here and the graves are just a reminder that we do live in a sometimes dangerous world and so many men have given their lives for all of us that we need someplace as beautiful and purposeful as... More

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