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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

2177 Puowaina Drive, East Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 USA

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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

USS Missouri, Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor and Punchbowl Day Tour

Oahu
7 hours
From $96

Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor and Punchbowl Sightseeing Tour

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5 hours
From $47

Honolulu Sightseeing Tour Including Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial

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5 hours
From $51
Free
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Closed Now
Opens Wed 8a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards not Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
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“historic and scenic cemetery”

Few national cemeteries can compete with the dramatic natural setting of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. The “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 which, at the time, extended to the foot of the Koolau Mountain Range.

Although there are various translations of the Punchbowl’s Hawaiian name, “Puowaina,” the most common is “Hill of Sacrifice.” This translation closely relates to the history of the crater. The first known use was as an altar where Hawaiians offered human sacrifices to pagan gods and the killed violators of the many taboos. Later, 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. Early 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.

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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

2177 Puowaina Drive
East Honolulu, Hawaii
96813 USA

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  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards not Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
  • Street Parking
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