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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

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Address: 2177 Puowaina Dr, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813-1729
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The resting place for more than 25,000 victims of three American Wars -...

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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Somber and beautiful

Awe-inspiring is the best term for the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Set in a crater and aptly named the "Punch Bowl", the grounds house graves of WWII participants... read more

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Kennebunk, Maine
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Awe-inspiring is the best term for the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Set in a crater and aptly named the "Punch Bowl", the grounds house graves of WWII participants but also others prior to WWII. Monkey pod trees grace the drive that takes you by the memorial building. You can walk to a look-out point that overlooks the graves... More 

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Camas, Washington
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visited as part of a larger tour to Pearl Harbor memorial. Very beautiful, somber and thought-provoking experience. Tour buses are not allowed to stop and let passengers out to walk around so make sure if you want to do that you make other travel arrangements to the cemetery. Highly recommend a visit.

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Port Charlotte, Florida
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I toured Punchbowl about two years ago just a few hours before giving a lecture at Pearl on World War Two. Everyone needs to walk these grounds.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A place of cognition. But I would not recommend visiting. Waste of time. Memorial to the dead soldiers. Who love history and sad stories, come here.

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Canandaigua, New York
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was part of our pre cruise tour of Honolulu along with US Arizona Memorial. We had no idea what "Punchbowl" was until we came here. We did not get out to see everything as our tour was mostly a drive through with but a few brief stops and some history given by the bus driver. At the top of... More 

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Galveston, Texas
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It's beautiful, but again you see the great loss of life from the war. We saw Ernie Pyle's grave, he had ask for his grave to be surrounded by unknown soldier's graves, so they would have visitors when people came to see his grave.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Sad but worth a visit very moving and worth having a tour as you learn and appreciate more so many died to keep us free bless them all

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May not be the first place to visit when in Hawaii but don't leave without being on this spot. So many have given their lives for home and country.

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If you plan on visiting Pearl Harbor you also must visit this site. Beautiful, sobering and very peaceful. A great way to honor the missing men and women.

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Waimea, Hawaii
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The surroundings are simply stunning; creating a beautiful setting to ponder and reflect upon our good fortune, much due to those who sacrificed their life.

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