National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu

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A memorial cemetery commemorating fallen soldiers, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific is known locally as "Punchbowl Cemetery." The common name refers to the cemetery's position at the Punchbowl Crater, an extinct volcano. Since the cemetery's founding in 1948, thousands of veterans have been interred. Pay a visit to the chapel where a tribute to the battles fought by the interred is inscribed on the walls. The tropical climate supports gardens in the cemetery that act as a natural tribute to the soldiers who lie in its grounds. By using our Honolulu attractions planner, you can arrange your visit to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and other attractions in Honolulu.
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  • It is a very moving place to see where so many of our fighting men are burried. I did not relized how much detail would be at this site, but it blew me away.  more »
  • This memorial cemetery is beautiful with such care taken for the grounds. The main monument has much to offer of history and information about how the monument is set up the way it is. This is a must ...  more »
  • The view when you make the final turn into the cemetery, the view is breathtaking! The parking for the main monument is behind the monument. Turn left at the junction just beyond the entrance and foll...  more »
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  • If you're looking for the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, you ask the local for the Punchbowl Cemetery. Otherwise you may get a head scratching local:) When I visited the cemetery (9:30 am on a weekday), it was quiet with less than a dozen visitors dotting the cemetery ground. I was only accompany by a few, who have reached to the top of the grand steps to the view the wall art tribute of the various battles fought in the Pacific. BTW, on your way up the drive, the newly constructed information building is located on the left. Stop by the building if you have questions, try to locate a plot or to find out where to leave the funeral flowers.
  • Somber and spectacular at the same time. Military legends lay beside warriors of all kinds. Pulitzer pride winning American journalist Ernie Pyle was laid to rest in plot D 109. Several Medal of Honor earners are also entombed including Japanese descendants in the 100th infantry battalion and the 442 infantry regiment. Highly recommend taking time to reflect and enjoy the views of HONOLULU.
  • It's gorgeous here! Great views... Be sure to walk up the ramp to the lookout on the crater rim. You can see the whole city and Diamond Head from up there!
  • My grandmother rests here. Beautiful land and powerful cemetery. I wonder about the mo'olelo of this place.
  • A surreal place. Even without the weight and impact of the memorial to lives lost, the geography and beautiful grounds give the cemetery the feel of an outdoor cathedral with a perfect blue sky as the ceiling and verdant grassy slopes as the walls.

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