National Memorial Cemetery Of The PacificCurrently Closed
- Address: 2177 PuowainaDr, Honolulu, HI, United States
- Timings: 08:00 am - 06:30 pm Details
- Phone: +1-8085323720
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 00:30 Mins
- Tags: Memorial, Cemetery, Family And Kids
The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific is quite a somber place to visit in Honolulu. A stark reminder of those who lost their lives in World War II. It is also a very important burial place for all war veterans in the United States. The cemetery is quite beautifully built and it has a stoic atmosphere to it.
Seeing the gravestones, sculptures and the inscriptions can be quite heartening. There is a sense of pride in the way in which these final resting places of the brave soldiers have been displayed at this site.
Interestingly although the cemetery was built for civilians, it was never used due to its odd location above the city. As a result it was turned into a War Department Cemetery later on. There are 56 memorials in the place honoring people including those who died at Pearl Harbor. These are certainly worth a note. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Honolulu itinerary 4 days.
- Permanent flower vases are not allowed in the columbarium area.
- Floral items and/or other types of decorations are not allowed to be attached to gravemarkers, niche covers or columbarium walls.
- Entry is free.
- Bus: Prospect Street & 1035
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This is a really stirring Memorial to all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the United States. And I'd only is the significance of this location quite historical, the facilities are top-notch kept up to shape and very appealing, all while remaining very reverential. I can't imagine anybody missing the opportunity to visit this location as part of a trip to the island of a Oahu.
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.
Few national cemeteries compete with the dramatic natural setting of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Known as Punchbowl, or Hill of Sacrifice, it formed some 75,000 to 100,000 years ago during the Honolulu period of secondary volcanic activity. A crater resulted from the ejection of hot lava through cracks in the old coral reefs which, at the time, extended to the foot of the Koolau Mountain Range The name Hill of Sacrifice relates to the history of the crater, first used as an altar where Hawaiians offered human sacrifices to pagan gods and the killed violators of the many taboos. During the reign of Kamehameha the Great, a battery of two cannons was mounted at the rim of the crater to salute distinguished arrivals and signify important occasions. In the 1880s, leasehold land on the slopes of the Punchbowl opened for settlement and in the 1930s, the crater was used as a rifle range for the Hawaii National Guard. Toward the end of World War II, tunnels were dug through the rim of the crater for the placement of shore batteries to guard Honolulu Harbor and the south edge of Pearl Harbor. During the late 1890s, a committee recommended that the Punchbowl become the site for a new cemetery for the growing population of Honolulu, idea rejected for fear of polluting the water supply and the emotional aversion to creating a city of the dead above a city of the living. 50 years later, Congress authorized to establish a national cemetery in Honolulu with two provisions: the location be acceptable to the War Department, and the site be donated rather than purchased. In 1943, the governor of Hawaii offered the Punchbowl for this purpose. The $50,000 appropriation proved insufficient, deferring the project until after World War II. By 1947, Congress and veteran organizations pressured the military to find a permanent burial site in Hawaii for the remains of thousands of World War II servicemen on the island of Guam awaiting permanent burial. The Army planned for Punchbowl cemetery; in February 1948 Congress approved funding and construction began. Prior to the opening of the cemetery for the recently deceased, the remains of soldiers from locations around the Pacific Theater-including Wake Island and Japanese POW camps-were transported to Hawaii for final interment, first interment on 01-04-1949, opened to the public on 07-19-1949, with services for five war dead: an unknown serviceman, two Marines, an Army lieutenant and one civilian-noted war correspondent Ernie Pyle. The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific memorial pathway, lined with a variety of memorials to honor America's veterans from various organizations. As of 2005, there were 63 such memorials to commemorate soldiers of 20th-century wars, including those killed at Pearl Harbor. Highly recommend a visit, reflect and honor those who have sacrificed their lives for our right to live our lives in freedom!
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.