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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  • do not miss the opportunity to give thanks for their sacrifice . . . a lovely resting place . . . a heavenly view . . .  more »
  • I have a retired Navy Master Chief friend who told me I needed to add the Punchbowl to my list of "must-sees" in Oahu. I still thank her. What a beautiful resting place for America's finest.  more »
  • We were taken to this memorial by a tour guide as a bit of a surprise and I was taken aback that in my research I hadn't seen this as a must-see in Oahu. It was heartwarming to see how beautiful...  more »
  • A beautiful cemetery with some incredible memorials— a lot of history here including number of notable and award winning Veterans interred on the grounds, as well as an astronaut from the Challenger disaster. Ample shade and areas for quiet reflection. There are also a steady stream of tour buses — however they don’t seem to cause much of a distraction.
  • Very quiet place to reflect on those who have their life so we can enjoy our freedom. It’s hard to look at those who served and didn’t come home when I served for my country and returned safely. I get to carry on my life, have a family and grow old while they do not. It’s a peaceful place and I hope anyone who visits, reflects on the price some paid.
  • Just driving to the entrance deserves 10 stars by itself for its amazing views of Honolulu!! I've come here a few times to visit my Uncle , who was a Vietnam Vet and everytime i have come , i have found peace and rest here. There is not anything more I can say about this place than to just come by and see the Cemetery. It reminds me of the one beggining scene in Saving Private Ryan , but this is for the pacific side. Stop by and Honor all the Men and Women who served in the armed forces. Thank you to all who have served!
  • Sad place to visit. So man service men and women lost in so many wars. Great views west to Honolulu and Diamond Head from here.
  • There are two ways to locate a memorial site. There is a little hut by the entrance that has a computer where you can search by last name. It will print out a map and give you a location number. Don't go looking for it thinking you can find it by memory, like my auntie- who remembers it's under a tree somewhere. There are thousands of sites here. The location number is on the upper right corner of the head stone. Also, if it's too far to walk back to the information hut. You can look it up online on their website. This is a beautiful place. It's a little hilly so wear comfortable shoes if you want to get to the lookout area. It's very clean and well kept place. It is a cemetery, so be mindful of others.

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