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“Panoramic view to rival atop Diamond Head”

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Take in the history of our nation and be awe struck with the beauty of the island of Oahu! The mosaic tile depiction of the many wars is interesting and an unforgettable artistic feat.

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Reviewed April 7, 2013

We drove up in our rental car and parked. There were very few people here so we were able to take our time reading all of the murals of action in the Pacific during WWII. Our teens were very quiet during this tour as it demanded their attention to such an immense display of service to our country.

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Reviewed April 4, 2013

What a place for a National Cemetery. Situated in a giant crater, surrounded by beautiful views, this is a peaceful, solemn place of rest for those who served and protected their country.

The grounds are immaculate and well planned. A vast, long lawn, flanked on both sides by giant trees, led up to the grand, wide stone staircase going up to the memorial. On the sides of the staircase are ten Courts of the Missing, listing names of those missing in action or lost/buried at sea, including the Hawaiian astronaut Daniel Inouye who perished aboard the ill-fated Challenger.

At the top of the long staircase is a giant statue of Lady Columbia, also known as Lady Liberty, or Justice, representing all grieving mothers. Behind the foot of the statue is a small, functioning chapel, and on both sides are corridors lined with giant plaques engraved with maps showing the various WWll battles in the Pacific. As an aside (from a non-American), I wish to tell all Americans not to forget their accomplishment in freeing the world from tyranny in WWll. In particular, do not have any regrets about using the atom bomb. It freed millions suffering indescribable hardships under the Imperial Army, and they are forever grateful.

A walk up the hill from the memorial leads to large observation terraces. From here, there is a magnificient view of the mountains behind, and all of Honolulu and the coastline in front.

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Reviewed April 2, 2013

This place is sooo touching. It is absolutely beautiful & the lookout points have amazing views of the Ocean & City. I was touched by the care that is given to the grounds, they were actually putting down new sod. It looked great...

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Reviewed March 31, 2013

We arrived in Hawaii the night before Easter. Since we are from CA, we thought we could go to a Sunrise Service for Easter. So we drove up to the National Cemetery of the Pacific. The service started at 6:15. We arrived there around 5:30am, we did not need to get there so early. The parking was well organized and we sat in the front row for the non-denominational service. The Call to Worship was by conch shell, and there were two songs during the service that were accompanied by hula dancers. It was a lovely place to begin our Easter Sunday. Watching the sun rise above the crater was beautiful. Knowing that Hawaiians for centuries had buried people there and that it had been made a national cemetery after WWII, made the whole experience even more sacred. Thank you to Honolulu and Oahu for celebrating Easter this way.

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