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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  • This is a large cemetery for US military service members. The entry is a long tree lined drive displaying a huge stone figure of a female at the end of the drive. Behind the figure are maps showing al...  more »
  • I come here every visit to Hawaii and spend time with family interned here. Grounds are always well maintained and it is very quiet and peaceful. Little plastic vases are provided to put in our flower...  more »
  • Hubby and I visited here and stayed for a good three hours. There is a short video you can watch - just scenes, no narration. Called the "Arlington of the Pacific". Very humbling to walk around the he...  more »
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  • This place is always kept in top notch shape when visiting. The grounds are kept clean. Visitors are super respectful when on premises. There is a new visitor center built, which was done nicely. The views from Punchbowl are spectacular! It's especially a very heartfelt moment when entering the park on Memorial Day when scouts from all across Hawaii honor each grave with the American flag and a flower or ti leaf lei.
  • Beautiful, poignant monument to and cemetery for our nation's veterans. We have so much to thank them for. It is a winding road to get there in the Punchbowl Crater. Stop at the small Visitors Center if you wish to locate a particular veteran's grave or learn more about the cemetery. The Visitors Center has a nice overlook on Honolulu. Then follow the winding road up into the crater and around the cemetery.
  • This is a peaceful and somber place respective of those who went before us. I often visit this National Park to visit a stillborn sons of friends and the interred ashes of former patients in the new Columbariums. I remember visiting as a young child and the gravity of this monument becomes greater with the years. Come to Honor and to remember the mortality in all of us.
  • Placed a Wreath in Honor of my Father(Veteran) this past National Wreaths Aceoss America Day with my husband (active duty). This place has rich History. I feel at peace when I walk around here. Beautiful architecture and a beautiful place for those laid to rest here. You will find murals on wars, with maps engraved. You will find details of faith beyond the hallways and you will surely feel the emotions with each step.
  • Serene and impeccably groomed, this is a fitting memorial to those who served our country, and many who died for our freedom. Be sure to visit the WWII memorial that explains the bigger picture of the key battles. Outstanding views of the city and the surrounding mountains. I visit often as I have family interred here.
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