National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
The resting place for more than 25,000 victims of three American Wars - World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War – this is truly the “Cemetery of Heroes.” Punchbowl was 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 that, at the time, extended to the foot of the Koolau Mountain Range. Of special note is a monument honoring Hawaii-born astronaut Ellison Onizuka, who perished aboard the Challenger space shuttle in 1986. Also noteworthy are the Courts of the Missing, white stone tablets bearing the names of those missing in action from World War II.
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  • rita2510
    Markham, Canada14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Heaven on earth
    Where on earth can you find dignity, beauty and serenity in one place? This is THE place. The very first time we got there via a tourist trolley, we didn’t know what to expect. Once the trolley started going inside slowly, the presence of dignity and serenity were so strong that I just couldn’t deny its presence. The experience was so real and intense that we had to revisit this place on our very last day before departure. This is certainly one of the most memorable moments in our lives.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Emma W
    Auckland, New Zealand728 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice way to end the day
    We visited the Cemetery on our way back to Waikiki from Pearl Harbor. It was nice to end our day walking around the memorial, reading the information and taking in the impressive view. If you have a car on Oahu, don't miss going to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 12, 2024
  • Tofurry
    Renton, Washington1,066 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Large and peaceful cemetery
    We drove here after Pearl Harbor. It was quite a change from the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites. While there were so many people and tours at Pearl Harbor, we only saw a few people at this site. There is actually quite a bit to see here, including the Courts of the Missing, and the mosaic battle maps. The huge statue at the top of the stairs is a sight to see. And the cemetery is in a crater. Impressive.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 27, 2024
  • angeleyes27
    Brigantine, New Jersey5,290 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful place for veterans
    This beautiful cemetery isn’t far from downtown Honolulu. The main thing to see is the memorial with the mosaics at the top of the hill. Something is being built to the left of the memorial. There is a chapel in the middle and each of the places on the sides has names of those killed in action. Easy to find parking
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 2, 2024
  • tammyBaltimore_Md
    Baltimore, Maryland3,819 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and HUGE cemetery honoring those who served
    The several times I've been to Honolulu over the years, this was my 1st visit. I walked from downtown which is quite a walk mainly uphill if you're fit but took the Bus back. Definitely a moving place to visit especially if you had family who served. The visitor center is nice, with helpful staff and bathroom. Then you walk or drive up hill until you see the vast area, with the memorial, halls, small chapel and mausoleums. Nice views of the ocean and Diamondhead from below and afar. Definitely worth a visit, around 2 miles from cruise port.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 22, 2024
  • MJ_ontheBAY
    Honolulu, Hawaii79 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place to honor our service members of the past
    Also known in local lingo as “Punchbowl” (the volcanic crater this Cemetery sits in), this is a well manicured, methodically planned veterans cemetery rich in history and plenty of space to stroll around and reflect. The view from the outer rim is excellent and gives you a clear shot of Diamond Head, the city and the ocean. I recently went to a memorial service here and even with hundreds of attendees, there was plenty of room to park and move around the site. A couple things to consider.. there’s no cost for entry, but the gates don’t open until 8am so no experiencing a sunrise from the overlook unfortunately. Also, when driving in, it’s not far from the H1 but you’ll head through a neighborhood with a lot of tight streets, abrupt turns and a couple of blind corners. Not the safest approach so just be careful behind the wheel.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written June 2, 2024
  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,666 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique cemetery in a crater
    I must admit I've never heard about a cemetery being in a volcanic crater, so I put this high on my list to do. A short drive uphill from downtown Honolulu will first reward you with great city views. Then you pass the entry gate where's a huge cemetery in a crater. Majestic and solemn site at the same time. The whole cemetery is dedicated to WWII, Korean and Vietnam war victims. On the other side is a memorial with stairs leading to it, do go and visit.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 10, 2024
  • WPLandry
    Fairfax, Virginia558 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Somber, reflective
    This cemetery is really quite beautiful. It's a very somber environment, as it should be. The grounds are very well-maintained and there is a wealth of information to read. We enjoyed a quiet walk amongst the gravesites towards sunset. It's definitely a place to visit while in the area. We spent our day at the Pearl Harbor sites and this felt like the appropriate way to end the day.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 17, 2024
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David B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
Beautiful views of Honolulu from this veteran's cemetery of WW2, Korea, and Vietnam veterans. The historical information about the military campaigns was very interesting at the top of the memorial.
Written July 4, 2024
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RockChalkEm
Olathe, KS73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
It's worthwhile to try to grasp the enormity of the cost US soldiers paid in the Pacific. The main area has a beautiful timeline of WWII, and there is an overlook that sits above Honolulu.
Written July 2, 2024
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WPLandry
Fairfax, VA558 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
This cemetery is really quite beautiful. It's a very somber environment, as it should be. The grounds are very well-maintained and there is a wealth of information to read. We enjoyed a quiet walk amongst the gravesites towards sunset. It's definitely a place to visit while in the area. We spent our day at the Pearl Harbor sites and this felt like the appropriate way to end the day.
Written June 17, 2024
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,666 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
I must admit I've never heard about a cemetery being in a volcanic crater, so I put this high on my list to do.
A short drive uphill from downtown Honolulu will first reward you with great city views.
Then you pass the entry gate where's a huge cemetery in a crater. Majestic and solemn site at the same time. The whole cemetery is dedicated to WWII, Korean and Vietnam war victims. On the other side is a memorial with stairs leading to it, do go and visit.
Written June 10, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

MJ_ontheBAY
Honolulu, HI79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Also known in local lingo as “Punchbowl” (the volcanic crater this Cemetery sits in), this is a well manicured, methodically planned veterans cemetery rich in history and plenty of space to stroll around and reflect. The view from the outer rim is excellent and gives you a clear shot of Diamond Head, the city and the ocean.

I recently went to a memorial service here and even with hundreds of attendees, there was plenty of room to park and move around the site.

A couple things to consider.. there’s no cost for entry, but the gates don’t open until 8am so no experiencing a sunrise from the overlook unfortunately. Also, when driving in, it’s not far from the H1 but you’ll head through a neighborhood with a lot of tight streets, abrupt turns and a couple of blind corners. Not the safest approach so just be careful behind the wheel.
Written June 3, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

tammyBaltimore_Md
Baltimore, MD3,819 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
The several times I've been to Honolulu over the years, this was my 1st visit. I walked from downtown which is quite a walk mainly uphill if you're fit but took the Bus back.
Definitely a moving place to visit especially if you had family who served.
The visitor center is nice, with helpful staff and bathroom.
Then you walk or drive up hill until you see the vast area, with the memorial, halls, small chapel and mausoleums.
Nice views of the ocean and Diamondhead from below and afar.
Definitely worth a visit, around 2 miles from cruise port.
Written April 22, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

angeleyes27
Brigantine, NJ5,290 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This beautiful cemetery isn’t far from downtown Honolulu. The main thing to see is the memorial with the mosaics at the top of the hill. Something is being built to the left of the memorial. There is a chapel in the middle and each of the places on the sides has names of those killed in action. Easy to find parking
Written April 2, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tofurry
Renton, WA1,066 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We drove here after Pearl Harbor. It was quite a change from the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites. While there were so many people and tours at Pearl Harbor, we only saw a few people at this site.

There is actually quite a bit to see here, including the Courts of the Missing, and the mosaic battle maps. The huge statue at the top of the stairs is a sight to see. And the cemetery is in a crater. Impressive.
Written March 27, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Sandi
Calgary159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We always visit the punchbowl while in Honolulu. It is a quiet place but full of history - first victims of Pearl harbour and the Challenger astronaut are buried here. We want to pay our respect. Walk along the path of memorial stones.
Written March 20, 2024
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Lisa J
Plant City, FL936 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We just drove through and we did not get out. They say it is full so no more can be bury there.But its a beautiful and peaceful place.
Written March 18, 2024
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