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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

Punchbowl - Honolulu


The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, located on the island of Oahu and popularly referred to as “Punchbowl,” is a volcanic cinder cone that was formed about 75,000 years ago.  Ancient Hawaiians called this geologic formation, “Puowaina,” or “Hill of Sacrifice” where human sacrifices were made to pagan gods.

After World War II, Congress and veteran organizations sought a permanent burial site in Hawaii for the remains of thousands of World War II servicemen who fought in the Pacific Basin theater and Punchbowl was selected as the most preferable location.  Today, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, administered by the Veterans Administration,  has become one of the Aloha State’s most popular tourist destinations with more than 5 million visitors coming here each year to pay their respects to the nation’s fallen heroes as well as to enjoy the views of the city of Honolulu  from the summit.  In fact, Punchbowl offers one of the most scenic panoramas of downtown Honolulu as well as the surrounding areas of the city.

And Panda Travel ® can not only bring you to the Aloha State to view such historic locations, such as the National Memorial Cemetery of  the Pacific, through a wide range of all inclusive Hawaii vacation packages tailored to meet your budget, but also can arrange local tours and side trips to such areas.  Call us at 800 303-6702 or check out our vacation packages, activities and tours online at




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