National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
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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  • JenJuniper
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    National Memorial Cemetery means it’s a CEMETERY for US Armed Forces-not a visitor’s center or a local park.
    The fact that I have to put this in words is so disheartening. Punchbowl is a cemetery, hence “National Memorial Cemetery.” It’s a sacred space, a place of honor for those who were killed in action and those who served in the US Armed Forces. It’s also a beautiful memorial to the missing whose remains were unidentifiable and those who were never found. For anyone low rating this place of honor and complaining they “couldn’t get off of the bus and walk around,” it’s not an amusement park. This is the final resting place for many real human beings who were deeply loved in their lifetimes, many of whom were taken from us far too soon. Please show a bit of respect in your comments and if you do come to visit. FYI: many of us are still actively mourning when we come to visit our loved ones here, so please keep that in mind.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 3, 2023
  • Travelwife
    Tennessee69 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely beautiful & VERY WELL done!
    This is an absolutely beautiful & very well done cemetery/memorial. My great uncle's name is here. He died at sea on the USS Franklin in WWII, so we came to find & leave flowers below his name. Even though it is right in the middle of Honolulu, it was so peaceful! I think the walls of the crater block out the noise of Honolulu. I loved all the quotes around the cemetery. I truly believe this place gives honor to those who have fallen for our freedom in the Pacific wars. Even though I never met my great uncle, it brought tears to my eyes. It was overwhelming to see all the names of those who died in these wars to give us our freedom. It is an actual cemetery as others have mentioned, so it is to be treated as one, but I believe it is a good stop even if you don't have family here, just to get a sense of how many people died for us & what the cost of our freedom was, especially after visiting Pearl Harbor. I am so thankful there is a place that lists the names of those who died & were buried at sea or on foreign soil & whose remains did not make it home. All the maps were very helpful & beautifully done. Each map is very large & made up of hundreds of very small pieces of glass. One map showed exactly where my uncle's ship would have been when it was bombed & where he was buried at sea. There is a small chapel where people had left flowers for loved ones. If I ever come here again, I believe I would bring more flowers to leave in not just my uncle's, but all of the fallen men & women's honor. Maybe flowers for each war or each wall or maybe just some in the chapel for everyone. I believe it would be a very small token of appreciation showing we haven't forgotten what their deaths gave us. There is a quote there that says to take their deaths & give them their meaning. It was a time of quiet reflection/meditation to ask myself, are we doing that? If you visit, please allow time to read all the quotes & look at all the maps & leave time for reflection/meditation & to soak it all in. NOTE: On your way out, after you drive through the gate, if you stop on the side of the road you can get an amazing panoramic view of Honolulu.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 7, 2023
  • rita2510
    Markham, Canada14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Heaven on earth
    Where on earth can you find dignity, beauty and serenity in one place? This is THE place. The very first time we got there via a tourist trolley, we didn’t know what to expect. Once the trolley started going inside slowly, the presence of dignity and serenity were so strong that I just couldn’t deny its presence. The experience was so real and intense that we had to revisit this place on our very last day before departure. This is certainly one of the most memorable moments in our lives.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Emma W
    Auckland, New Zealand728 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice way to end the day
    We visited the Cemetery on our way back to Waikiki from Pearl Harbor. It was nice to end our day walking around the memorial, reading the information and taking in the impressive view. If you have a car on Oahu, don't miss going to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 12, 2024
  • Tofurry
    Renton, Washington1,069 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Large and peaceful cemetery
    We drove here after Pearl Harbor. It was quite a change from the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites. While there were so many people and tours at Pearl Harbor, we only saw a few people at this site. There is actually quite a bit to see here, including the Courts of the Missing, and the mosaic battle maps. The huge statue at the top of the stairs is a sight to see. And the cemetery is in a crater. Impressive.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 27, 2024
  • angeleyes27
    Brigantine, New Jersey5,283 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful place for veterans
    This beautiful cemetery isn’t far from downtown Honolulu. The main thing to see is the memorial with the mosaics at the top of the hill. Something is being built to the left of the memorial. There is a chapel in the middle and each of the places on the sides has names of those killed in action. Easy to find parking
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 2, 2024
  • tammyBaltimore_Md
    Baltimore, Maryland3,819 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and HUGE cemetery honoring those who served
    The several times I've been to Honolulu over the years, this was my 1st visit. I walked from downtown which is quite a walk mainly uphill if you're fit but took the Bus back. Definitely a moving place to visit especially if you had family who served. The visitor center is nice, with helpful staff and bathroom. Then you walk or drive up hill until you see the vast area, with the memorial, halls, small chapel and mausoleums. Nice views of the ocean and Diamondhead from below and afar. Definitely worth a visit, around 2 miles from cruise port.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 22, 2024
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dennis d
Algonac, MI755 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
This place is a beautiful spot to look over the city of Honolulu and also to look over the resting spots of many servicemen that were killed in the pacific battles. You can feel the peace just by sitting and looking. The maps showing the battles is very informative and gives you an idea on the magnitude of the operation was to battle the enemy in so many places in the Pacific.
Written September 26, 2021
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Cam M
Vancouver, Canada21 contributions
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Apr 2022 • Couples
Actually came across this place by accident. Even from a distance it’s an impressive site and imposing sight. I’ve been to quite a few war memorials but what’s really amazing at this place is the craftsmanship on all the tactical battle maps which are made with what appears to be glass mosaics! The entire history of The Pacific war done as artwork plus the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
Written April 16, 2022
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David C
Wadsworth, OH4,192 contributions
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May 2021 • Family
This, to me, is one of the 4 big national cemeteries: Arlington,Gettysburg, Normandy, and Pearl Harbor. The “punch bowl” as it’s called, is a beautiful grounds with many memorials and educational murals. It’s free, obviously. Learn about the entire pacific theater on these walls. Make sure to go up to the look out to see many organizational memorials and a wonderful view of Honolulu. I am happy to have shared this site with my children.
Written May 20, 2021
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cgtorrey
Manhattan Beach, CA126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This is a beautiful and peaceful place to visit. It is a solemn reminder of the cost of freedom. There are murals which depict the battles of World War 2 in the Pacific, Korea and Vietnam. The view over Honolulu is amazing from the entry gate. We inurned my father-in-law here, in a beautiful ceremony, provided by the Navy. It was just perfect for this WW 2 sailor.
Written May 23, 2022
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Jody Smith
Charlotte, NC335 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Not only is this a tribute to our fallen heroes but also a walk through time. Perfectly manicured landscaping adorns the grounds with pathways offering views of the city, maps of conflicts throughout the world and access to pay respect to the endless men and women that made the ultimate sacrifice.

Works cannot express he sense of respect that overwhelmed me as I walked the grounds.
Written September 28, 2022
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Creeping_Death_LA
Los Angeles, CA4,401 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
I love visiting old and historic cemeteries. I arrived by bicycle and once I entered the gates I was stopped by a gardener advising me I couldn't ride a bicycle inside. I was surprised and just walked my rented bicycle around. As I was looking at some of the headstones I left the bicycle on the grass. I was stopped by a security guard to advise me I can't have the bicycle on the grass. I've been to many many cemeteries around the world and sometimes I've arrived by bicycle and have never experienced these restrictions. So it's okay to drive your gas guzzling noise making car inside the grounds but not a quiet non polluting bicycle? Despite my experience I still enjoyed the atmosphere of this cemetery.
Written April 26, 2021
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rita2510
Markham, Canada14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Where on earth can you find dignity, beauty and serenity in one place? This is THE place. The very first time we got there via a tourist trolley, we didn’t know what to expect. Once the trolley started going inside slowly, the presence of dignity and serenity were so strong that I just couldn’t deny its presence. The experience was so real and intense that we had to revisit this place on our very last day before departure. This is certainly one of the most memorable moments in our lives.
Written August 8, 2023
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Kenneth R
30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
This cemetery is in a old crater and it has great 360 degree views. The interior marble floors has where all the Pacific battles were fought during WWII. There are also columns on the wall of all of the missing. I have a couple of cousins on these columns. This is one spot where I would like to join my cousins.
Written March 6, 2020
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Sherry R
Sandusky, OH10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We were unable to get tickets to Pearl Harbor, but as an Army family, going to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific was also on our agenda. The cemetery is well maintained, and just walking around and paying respects to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice is overwhelming but something that is much needed. There is an open chapel along with wall plaques and various maps of images during the war to provide visitors with background on the time period and the events that were taking place.
Written June 17, 2021
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ITRT
Virginia44,690 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
The Punchbowl was a sacred place for Ancient Hawaiians for human sacrifices and now is the final resting place of American military personnel killed during World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam wars. It is called the Punchbowl because it is in the middle of an extinct volcano and resembles the shape of a punch bowl. The cemetery is well maintained, and all markers are on the ground – no headstones. On either side of the monumental stairs are the ten “Courts of the Missing”. Names of the US servicemen and women who have no known final resting place are listed on each side of the stairway. The center part of the memorial is a statue called “Columbia”. On either side of the chapel are maps of the arenas of conflict in the wars. The respect here is like Arlington National Cemetery.
Written April 2, 2022
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