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“Absolute Must Experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
2177 Puowaina Drive, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813
808-532-3720
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World War II Pearl Harbor Heroes Adventure Tour
Ranked #7 of 123 Attractions in Honolulu
Type: Cemeteries, Cultural
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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.
Champaign, Illinois
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“Absolute Must Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

This is a cemetery of honor, respect, beauty and serenity. Highly recommend spending the time to visit and walk up the memorial walk past the main staged plaza of MIA soldiers. You will gain as much from this site as you bring to it. It really is a must see if you have seen the Arizona and associated museum. You can spend a long time understanding the beautifully carved diagrams of the major offenses and battles from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. The view from the top of the memorial walk is absolutely amazing, especially if you have time and a group amenable to reading the memorial stones along the walk. I found particular closure to my experiences at the USS Arizona when I found several graves of soldiers who perished during the attack who were buried here but never identified, marked as UNKNOWN, though several were identified by the ship they served on. If this is too much for you, it is also a great walk/run up to the cemetery from downtown Waikiki if you enjoy running. The view from the top of the memorial walk is undoubtedly one of the best in all of Honolulu.

Visited November 2013
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Collierville, Tennessee
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

This is an amazing cemetery to visit. It is kept in such a beautiful state all the time. We attended a funeral of a friend there and it was so moving.

Visited February 2013
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“Another way to pay respect”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Worth an detour on any trip to Honolulu to pay respect to those who have ensured and protected our freedom.

Visited January 2014
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Patchogue, New York
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“Serene and beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Cant ask for anything except to say "Thank You" for helping others live in the land of the free. Men gave their lives and the people of Hawaii show their appreciation always.

Visited June 2013
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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“Lovely side visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

There's not much to do or see here, but it makes a nice side visit. The murals of the Pacific wars are nicely done. However, this place is a working cemetery, not a tourist destination.

Visited January 2014
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