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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

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2177 Puowaina Dr, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813-1729
+1 808-532-3720
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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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2177 Puowaina Dr, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813-1729
+1 808-532-3720
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a National Cemetery which has several burials a day. Located in an ancient volcano crater it is a place of dignity, remembrance and honor. Amazing views of the city are an added attraction.

Thank Richard1140
Reviewed 2 days ago

On a previous visit we took a bus tour here. However, busses aren't allowed to stop so you just drive thru. This time we rented a car and included this in our Honolulu day trip excursion with our children ages 8-15. Plenty of parking, either...More

Thank JoAnne C
Reviewed 3 days ago

On a bus tour we were on, the driver took us through this cemetery, yet I'm not sure why, because I didn't see a reason to visit here.

Thank teenster3
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visited as part of a day tour of Oahu. The cemetery was beautifully maintained and one of the most beautiful landmarks we visited. The history of those buried there was a great honor to hear and show our respects.

Thank Ellejoycreek
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

First visit. Great spot for some stop and say thank you. Some well known names here. Local boy that was on the Challenger as well as the first teacher that was on that doomed flight. Not busy today. Flag at half mast as there was...More

Thank TinVet
Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited the "Punchbowl" shortly after our visit to the Arizona memorial. The memorials are currently undergoing much-needed renovation, but that should not deter you. Second only to the Pearl Harbor memorials, this should be a must-see on any Oahu trip. Seeing the thousands of...More

Thank Tim W
Reviewed 1 week ago

My tour guide drove us through this cemetery, which was part of the Pearl Harbor tour. The drive slowed down and explained the significant and history of the cemetery. It is a quiet, serene place which is quite beautiful. If you do book a tour,...More

Thank Debra P
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took my mother's ashes to be inurned with my father's ashes in June 2017. We were given 15 minutes for the service so my sister and I delivered our eulogies. After that, we took our mother's ashes to the niche. It's a very peaceful...More

Thank EvelynT221
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were there for Memorial Day and they had a great service. The entire cemetary is very well kept and beautiful !

Thank waynemcb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the Punchbowl as part of a Pearl Harbor tour with E Noa. While we didn't stop at the site, our driver slowed down to allow for pictures. It's definitely worth the visit.

Thank MDHonu
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Peter W
May 11, 2017|
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Response from Larry M | Reviewed this property |
I have seen tour busses there, personally I feel renting a car and driving up to the punch bowl (National Cemetery) on your own is a much better option. You get the feel of the land much better that way. Take as much time as... More
September 22, 2016|
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Response from SoCalOregonian | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is open to the public. It is a National Cemetery.
July 30, 2016|
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Response from Will G | Reviewed this property |
There are numerous flower shops that are right down the road in Chinatown that has beautiful flower arrangements. Safeway is also down the street at the corner of King and Pali. Nothing is sold on site.