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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

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  • Free
  • 8 a.m.-5:30 or 6:30 p.m. daily

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  • Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing Type
  • 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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In ancient Hawaiian times, the Punchbowl Crater was used for human sacrifices. Now, it's the final resting place for men and women who served in the U.S. military. The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific stretches across much of the crater and contains several moving tributes, including the Honolulu Memorial, which is dedicated to armed forces who fought in the Pacific during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Notable veterans buried here include Ernie Pyle (the famous World War II correspondent) and Stanley Dunham (the maternal grandfather of former President Barack Obama).

Previous visitors raved about the cemetery's beautiful and peaceful setting, adding that its memorial markers are very informative. However, some cautioned that the property can be a bit tricky to find, so consider using a GPS when driving. You can also take the No. 15 bus to the cemetery.

The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific is situated just north of the Honolulu Museum of Art and 2 miles northeast of downtown Honolulu. The grounds are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and there are no entrance fees. Free parking, restrooms and a visitors kiosk are available on-site. Visit the cemetery's website to find out more.

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