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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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This heroes resting place was at the end of the Pearl Harbour tour. Unfortunately the coach could not stop but given more time I would have loved to stroll through the area. It... read more

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This heroes resting place was at the end of the Pearl Harbour tour. Unfortunately the coach could not stop but given more time I would have loved to stroll through the area. It appears very peaceful and certainly respectful for the fallen. I will have a closer look on my next visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Everyone who visits Honolulu should come and pay their respects at this memorial. We visited at 5:00 on a weeknight and there were only a handful of visitors. The memorial is stunning. It is quiet and peaceful and is situated in an absolutely beautiful location at Punchbowl Crater. Anyone who visits will be moved by this beautiful resting place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Gorgeous grounds - beautiful mosaic renditions from WWII through Viet Nam. Walk the paved path to the top of the hill to get a fantastic view of Honolulu.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I had the opportunity of visiting this site on Memorial Day. Each grave site had a flag and it was breathtaking. It was certainly a solemn occasion, yet one that we should all take a moment and reflect upon.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Located high above Honolulu is the National Memorial Cemetary of the Pacific. The grounds are lovingly kept and can be viewed from the car. The headstones are all flat so you do not get the initial impact as seeing rows of crosses as at Normandy or Arlington, however, on closer view, you suddenly realize the number of lives lost and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Located atop one of the mountains in Honolulu, this national cemetery is beautifully laid out, serene, and is more beautiful than the Arlington National Cemetery. Must visit for every US Citizen and visitors to the USA. Soldiers laid in this cemetery is well deserved to rest in such a beautiful place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited the memorial when it was raining lightly, adding to the atmosphere. Beautiful and informative, describing the brave soldiers who gave their lives for the freedom of others. Nice to visit, we spent about 30 minutes.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We passed by this place on the way to the Valley of the Temples. It's a nice place with the mountains in front of it. We drove around for a while and took some photos. Don't go stepping on the grave stones.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We drove through only. Perfectly manicured gardens with all the plaques of servicemen .A very serene beautiful place .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited here on a tour bus so was not allowed out of the bus because earlier people had decided to walk about and take pictures and was walking on gravestones. Very disrespectful so don't blame the authorities however if you go by private car you can walk round and see a lot more...

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