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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  • We were lucky enough to visit here a few days after the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbour. Ut took a bus and a short walk for us to get there. All cemetery plots where the person had been at...  more »
  • This was my second visit to this National Cemetery, located within this ancient volcanic crater the Hawaiians called Puowaina, or "hill of sacrifice", as that is what used to occur here in earlier tim...  more »
  • My wife and I visited the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific when visiting in Honolulu. I had been stationed at Pearl Harbor in the Navy during the Vietnam conflict. We visited the Cemetery the...  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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