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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

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Address: 2177 Puowaina Dr, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813-1729
Phone Number: 808-532-3720
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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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Read the stories ... soak in the memories

Beautiful place. You can drive right to the front and park near the steps. Read all the stories along the top and get a grasp of what our forces went through to win the war.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful place. You can drive right to the front and park near the steps. Read all the stories along the top and get a grasp of what our forces went through to win the war.

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Arlington, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

While the Cemetery itself is the final resting place of many soldiers and sailors, the part that moved me the most was the fact that it was the first cemetery to acknowledge those "whose resting place is known only by God" it has various sections of the armed services with the names of those lost in action by the war... More 

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Maui
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We once saw a local family visit a grave. They spread out a small picnic blanket and set a place for the fallen. Then, they poured him a glass of wine and sat it by the plate. Someone played the ukulele. Small children stood-up and sang happy songs. Grandpa knew they were there, The sun shown through the clouds

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Utica, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a really beautiful memorial. If at all possible visit on Memorial Day when the graves are all covered with leis made by the school children of Honolulu.

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We only got to see this memorial cemetery from our tour bus, but we found ourselves wishing we could get out and walk around. The grounds are gorgeous and it's a very serene place to wander and think. I highly recommend a stop here while in Honolulu.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

As with all national memorial cemeteries, this one provides a serene place of reflection. The vets who have died rest here, a site above the hustle and bustle of Honolulu. It's supposed to also be haunted. Check that out.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is where veterans and their spouses are laid to rest. I have two grandfathers and my grandmother buried there. It is wonderful to pay your respects to those who have served and this place is a profoundly appropriate place to do so.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Should be mandatory to appreciate the sacrifices made by so many. A lovely memorial to spend a few minutes meditating.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to many National Cemeteries, including Arlington, and this one is one of the most moving I've ever been to. Do yourself a favor and take the time to visit, it is a remarkable piece of history. Walk up to the look-out for a stunning view of Waikiki, but take the time to view and read the monuments remembering... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

One of my favorite places on the island. Beautiful, quiet, peaceful. A wonderful morning walking place (they open at 8am). The overlook at the top gives a full vista of Diamond Head and Waikiki, all the way to the airport. The broad staircase to the memorial flanks names of soldiers lost in numerous wars. The Visitors Center at the top... More 

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