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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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  • The cemetery resides in the well-landscaped crater of an extinct volcano. It is peaceful and somber. From the rim there are great views of Honolulu. 
    The cemetery resides in the well-landscaped crater of an extinct volcano. It is peaceful and somber. From the rim there are great views of Honolulu.  more »
  • Quick drive through in our bus. We did not get out and probably didn't need to. Its cool to see, and worth the drive up from the beach. Prolly not worth paying for though. 
    Quick drive through in our bus. We did not get out and probably didn't need to. Its cool to see, and worth the drive up from the beach. Prolly not worth paying for though.  more »
  • We stopped here during our vacation to Honolulu. I know it's a cemetery, but it's absolutely beautiful. They have a memorial that talks about the different wars and is an honor to those who lost... 
    We stopped here during our vacation to Honolulu. I know it's a cemetery, but it's absolutely beautiful. They have a memorial that talks about the different wars and is an honor to those who lost...  more »
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  • Beautifully maintained cemetery and remembrance area. The remembrance area is just fantastically built and cared for. So many men and women who served our country are laid to rest here. Please do remember that this location is an active cemetery, where services continue to be conducted. Be respectful for those who come to give thanks and those who come to be with their loved ones.
  • Beautiful resting place to honor those that sacrificed so much and well maintained! Only a short drive from Honolulu. The short drive leading up to the cemetery was gorgeous you should pull over and enjoy the stunning view. The staff was courteous and respectful. The service was simple but perfect!
  • An absolutely stunning and well-kept final resting place for many of our heroes. The grounds are immaculate. There are numerous markers and plaques dedicated to units who participated in the Pacific campaign. There is also a very nice large lookout point that offers views of the entire Honolulu downtown and Diamondhead. A little off the beaten path, but well worth the time and effort - you won't be disappointed.
  • Not only is this a tribute to our fallen heroes but also a walk through time. Perfectly manicured landscaping adorns the grounds with pathways offering views of the city, maps of conflicts throughout the world and access to pay respect to the endless men and women that made the ultimate sacrifice. Works cannot express he sense of respect that overwhelmed me as I walked the grounds.
  • Such an amazing and somber experience, my grandfather Milo L Kerr was laid to rest here so it holds a special place in my heart to visit this island and visit with him.

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