National Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl):

National Cemetery of the Pacific is in a volcanic crater (Puowaina Crater). It is right above downtown Honolulu and has a great overlook of the city.

Links to National Cemetery of the Pacific info:

This link has general information, hisorical information, notable persons Included in the notable persons are John Burns - former Governor of Hawaii, Spark Matsanuga - former U.S. Senator, Patsy Mink - former U.S. Representative, Ernie Pyle - WWII Correspondent, Ellison Onizuka - Astronaut aboard Space Shuttle Challenger, and many servicemen.

Included with the names is the section of the cemetery and the number of the grave in the section.

This link is a map of the cemetery:

The map shows the sections.

At the top of the map is the monument. The statue at the monument is of Lady Columbia. The moument has many murals depicting battles during wars in the Pacific. There is also a chapel.

On the left side of the map, there is the Memorial Walk. This is a walk up a short sidewalk to the lookout. There are many memorial plaques along the walk to the lookout.

From the parking area for the Memorial Walk, also walk to the monument to see the murals, chapel and statue of Lady Columbia.

Other links: Photo taken from Tantalus.

Tantulus/Roundtop Drive is just above National Cemetery of the Pacific. It is a drive through a rainforest. There are some really good views on the drive including from Pu'u Ualaka'a State Wayside on Roundtop Drive.

Roundtop Drive & Tantalus Drive are the same road. They change names at the top of the mountain.

Pu'u Ualaka'a State Wayside is about 1/2 way up on Roundtop Drive.

Suggestion: Take Makiki Street to Roundtop Drive. Stop at Pu'u Ualaka'a State Wayside. Continue up Roundtop Drive and down Tantalus Drive. National Cemetery of the Pacific is right below Tantalus.