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“Undergoing some work, but beautiful nonetheless”

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.
Kilauea, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Undergoing some work, but beautiful nonetheless”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2013

Got there mid-morning last Saturday to find re-sodding work in full swing. Luckily, my Grandfather's section was completed last year and looks great. The grounds were well-kept as usual and except for the staff spraying poison near us, it was an honor to place flowers at the grave of our beloved veteran.

Visited September 2013
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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“A Peaceful Place with a View”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2013

Punchbowl as we locals call it is a peaceful place, perfect for meditation and reflection. The views right before the main entrance of the National Cemetery of the Pacific is just breathtaking. Take a flower or a flower lei and leave them on one of the graves of the "unknown" soldier buried there. A little prayer is always nice.

Visited June 2013
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Barry, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Pay your respects”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2013

This memorial is huge and very moving. It is on a hillside suburb of Honolulu that will reward you for your visit with a little known view of downtown Honolulu that you can take lots of Photos of.

Visited August 2013
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South Dakota
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“Nothing Compares”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2013

Yes, the grass is brown. There were cobwebs in the restrooms. The view of the city is spectacular. However, all of these things pale in comparison to the primary focus of the memorial. This is a concrete testimony to the fact that freedom is not free. If you pass through here in a tour bus that does not stop, you are missing the best part of the cemetery, and you should really make the effort to come here on your own. Flanking the sides of the memorial staircase are thousands upon thousands of names of our dead and missing war heroes. It is overwhelming to behold. At the top of the memorial are beautiful mosaics detailing the history of the War in the Pacific. In front of the large statue is a fountain with a powerful quote from Lincoln and behind it is a chapel. Within the chapel are two striking stain glass windows. A guest book conveys appreciation from visitors around whe planet. All the other tourist attractions in Hawaii seem superficial compared to this.

Visited September 2013
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College Station, Texas, United States
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“Hawaii 5-0!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

This cemetery was very impressive. Even the views from the road leading to this cemetery was impressive. Go check it out if you get the chance.

Visited July 2013
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