Map &
Directions

Hours
mode_edit
Been here?
Rate it
chevron_left
 
chevron_right

Top Tours

 
North Shore Surfing Tour
"Beyond the sands and waves of Waikiki the thrill of the surf is only the beginning. Our island tours offer true adventurers a chance to experience much more than the ocean. Hike historic valleys kayak to remote islet shores and savor the tastes of the islands. If you’re looking for fun that many visitors don’t get to experience request your reservation today. Oahu’s north shore is well known for legendary surf breaks like Waimea Sunset and the Banzai Pipeline. People travel the world over for a glimpse of these breaks and we’ll get you there – up close and personal. This countryside tour offers a nostalgic version of Hawaii that any visitor should experience.2 Person Minimum Tour Size All tours are private and exclusive to your group Tour
From $350.00
 
2-Hour Small Group Stand-Up-Paddleboarding - SUP - Experience
"An Experience You’ll Always RememberLessons You’ll Never ForgetYour lesson start on the sand with ocean awareness and safety. Then we get you right into the water for a true ocean adventure. No worries our licensed instructors are trained in first aid and lifeguard CPR. Once in the water we show you all the fundamentals of SUP. And if you're an experienced rider then our experienced instructors will help you perfect your SUP wave riding skills. Semi-Private Surfing LessonWhen you and your friends want to go big group stand-up paddle boarding lessons are the only way to go2 Person Minimum Class Size You must book at least 2 Paddlers for this lesson. We do not group together people from different parties so each lesson is private and int"""When you and your friends want to go big
From $100.00
 
East Side of Oahu Surfing Tour
"Find What Lies Beyond WaikikiBeyond the sands and waves of Waikiki the thrill of the surf is only the beginning. Our island tours offer true adventurers a chance to experience much more than the ocean. Hike historic valleys kayak to remote islet shores and savor the tastes of the islands. If you’re looking for fun that many visitors don’t get to experience request your reservation today!East Side TourTraveling east of Waikiki offers a scenic drive to views of Diamond Head the Halona Blowhole and Oahu’s windward side. You’ll see our island green with native plants and a panoramic view of the Koolau mountain range — a beauty that has even captured the lens of Hollywood films and T.V. Come along and encounter a lush vision of Oahu that many vis
From $250.00

Punchbowl Tips (10)

PUOWAINA --- PUNCHBOWL CRATER

The impressive PUOWAINA National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, honors the sacrifices and achievements of the American Armed Forces in the Pacific during World War II and the Korean Conflict.
Punchbowl is an almost perfectly round crater of an extinct volcano. Inside are the bodies of 33,000 men and women whose lives were sacrificed while fighting for the United States.
More than five million visitors pay their respects at Punchbowl every year, making this the most visited site in Hawaii.
Walking tours by the AMerican Legion are available.
Visit between the hours of 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily.

LoriPori's Profile Photo
LoriPori
Mar 09, 2005

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

Inscribed on one of the entrance pillars is this poem

From The Bivouac Of The Dead
by Theodore O'Hara
The muffled drums sad roll has beat
The soldier's last tattoo;
No more on life's parade shall meet
That brave and fallen few.
On Fame's eternal camping-ground
Their silent tents are spread,
And Glory guards, with solemn round,
The bivouac of the dead.

grandmaR's Profile Photo
grandmaR
Sep 03, 2010

Punchbowl: National Cemetery of the Pacific

The Punchbowl is actually the remains of an old volcanic crater that overlooks Honolulu. It holds a large cemetery that honors many of those who served in the United States military. Many of the people buried here were killed in the December 7 attack on Pearl Harbor. Others have served in various conflicts since that time. There is a large memorial in the crater and within it, you will find several battle maps featuring campaigns in the Pacific. Along the edge of the crater are excellent views into the city and other parts of the island. There is ample parking in the cemetery, however I walked from downtown Honolulu. It was quite a walk from the capitol building to get there, but it can be done.

sswagner's Profile Photo
sswagner
Feb 11, 2005

Punchbowl - National Memorial Cemetery of the Paci

This is a very impressive national cemetery. The main monument contains maps of major World War II battles in the Pacific done in beautiful mosaics.

There is a lookout over the edge of the crater that gives a great view of Honolulu and the ocean.

Ernie Pyle, the journalist, is buried here on the left side of the main boulevard along with Ellison Onizuka who died on the Challenger.

geekgrrl's Profile Photo
geekgrrl
Apr 19, 2004
 
 
Sponsored Listings

Hotels Near Honolulu

Hotels
1088 Bishop Street, (formerly ResortQuest at the Executive Centre Hotel), Honolulu, Hawaii, 96813
Show Prices
Hotels
1525 Rycroft Street, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96814, United States
Show Prices
Hotels
410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96814, United States
Show Prices
Hotels
100 Holomoana St., Honolulu, Hawaii, 96815, United States
Show Prices
Hotels
1696 Ala Moana Boulevard, (formerly Hawaii Polo Inn), Honolulu, Hawaii, 96815, United States
Show Prices
Hotels
1775 Ala Moana Boulevard, 96815
Show Prices

The National Memorial Cemetery Of The Pacific

For those who were young enough to watch Hawaii 5-O on TV, you should remember this landmark of Honolulu in the beginning of the show when they play the theme music.

Punchbowl is free; visit between the hours of 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. daily.

elcbw's Profile Photo
elcbw
Jul 07, 2004

National Memorial Cemetary of...

National Memorial Cemetary of the Pacific - the 'Punchbowl.' Great views of Honolulu and a moving reminder of freedom's cost.
Panorama of the USA's Pacific Wars, Graves of Ernie Pyle and the Hawaiian astronaut who died on the Challenger. Take the time to talk to any of the 'Club 100' (Japanese-American vets) who hang out in the visitor's center. They have amazing stories.

nielsmith's Profile Photo
nielsmith
Aug 26, 2002

Go to the Punchbowl

Some great views of the city can be had from the Punchbowl war cemetery, as well as being an interesting historical statement in its own right. You can follow the progress of the Pacific War on large murals, and wander round the immaculately manicured lawns

sjvessey's Profile Photo
sjvessey
Mar 25, 2003

Punchbowl Memorial, 1 of 2 in the Pacific!

Theis Famous War Memorial and Cemetery lies in an extinct volcano called POUWAINA and consists of 116 acres (40 hectares). Roughly translated, "Pouwaina" means "Consecrated Hill" or "Hill of Sacrifice." .This cemetery serves as one of the Nation's two honored resting places in the Pacific. The American Military Cemetery at Manila is the othe (see my manila pages) . It is a resting place for the recovered remains of those who gave their lives during World War II. Also the unidentified remains of 800 servicemen who died in Korea. The cemetery was in 1986 also dedicated to the service persons who fought in Vietnam.

There is a huge memorial featuring eight marble courts which contain the names of 26,280 Americans missing in action from World War II and the Korean War. Two additional areas now list the names of 2503 soldiers missing from the Vietnam War. At the top of the long flight of steps sits the monument itself, built in 1966. At the top of the marble staircase stands the statue of a woman, a woman of peace and of liberty towering above you.Extending from each side of this statue are walls etched with maps of the many campaigns of the Pacific, Pearl Harbor, Wake, Coral Sea, Midway, New Guinea and the Solomons, Iwo Jima, the Gilbert Islands, Okinawa as well as Korea. At the center behind the statute is an interdenominational chapel for Christians, Jews and Buddhists alike. This ground is sacred to both the native Hawaiians and to the families of the non-Hawaiians buried here.

Visitor hours are daily, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m everday

machomikemd's Profile Photo
machomikemd
Aug 07, 2014

Top 5 Honolulu Writers

Onedragon's Profile Photo

Onedragon

"Living in Honolulu"
View Member
Hopkid's Profile Photo

Hopkid

"Home Away From Home"
View Member
thinking's Profile Photo

thinking

"THE REAL HAWAII IS HONOLULU"
View Member
csordila's Profile Photo

csordila

"Waikiki - Number one attraction!"
View Member
Waalewiener's Profile Photo

Waalewiener

"December 7 1941, A Date That Will Live In Infamy."
View Member
 
 

Punchbowl Cemetery

Punchbowl Cemetery
The is the burial grounds for over 35,000 victims of the three American wars in Asia and the Pacific. This wars included the World War II, Korean and Vietnam wars. Be sure to take in the fantastic view of Honolulu from the entrance of the Cemetery.

Koleno's Profile Photo
Koleno
Aug 24, 2002

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific is also known as The Punchbowl. As I mentioned in another Honolulu tip I love to research the original Hawaiian names of locations and see their meanings.
The Punchbowl's Hawaiian name was Puowaina. The most common translation of this is "Hill of Sacrifice" The first known use of this area was as an altar where Hawaiians offered human sacrifices to pagan gods and killed violators of the many taboos in Hawaiian culture at that time.

Punchbowl is a volcanic crater formed approximately 75,000 year ago. Today it is the home to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. I have been to many National Cemeteries and a lot of them are in beautiful dramatic locations. But none of the ones I have visited can compare to the location at Punchbowl. Sitting on a hill side over looking the city of Honolulu the cemetery offers beautiful views of the city and the Pacific.

With Hawaii's historic connection to World War II it seem only fitting to have such a beautiful cemetery and memorial for the military men of the Pacific.

I have been disappointed many times on visits to European cities when I have found famous churches I wanted to see covered in scaffolds for renovations. I have also had this same problem in some large American cities for building I have wanted to see. It was just my luck on the day I visited the memorial at The Punchbowl that there would be a team of men with machinery cleaning the memorial. So I did not get that classic photo I wanted of the monument in the cemetery. The good news is this mean I just have to return to Honolulu again to get that photo.

littlesam1's Profile Photo
littlesam1
Nov 16, 2014

Things to Do Near Honolulu

Things to Do

Parasailing

I am sooo afraid of heights! But I was determined to parasail. And it was such a great experience! It was a windy day when we went, so they sent two people at a time. Once you get to the top it is so...
View More
Things to Do

Hawaii State Capitol

Hawaii State Capitol is home to the government of the state of Hawaii. The building, constructed from 1954 to 1969, replaced the Iolani Palace, which was formerly the home of the Hawaiian royalty. The...
View More
Things to Do

Iolani Palace

Iolani Palace was constructed from 1879 to 1882 as the royal palace of the nation of Hawaii under King David Kal?kaua. It remained the residence of the Hawaiian monarch only until 1893, when the...
View More
Things to Do

Art Museum

THIS IS A PLACE THAT IS REAL EASY TO MISS BECAUSE I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T EVEN KNOW THAT IT EXISTS...I GUESS I COULD HAVE PUT IT ON THE" OFF THE BEATEN PATH".... The Hawaii State Art Museum in...
View More
Things to Do

Kamehameha Statue

It was the last leg to visit in HI - the King Kamekameha Statue. i told my cousin who is touring me around Hawaii that it is a must that i will visit King Kamekameha Statue because i am an avid fan of...
View More
Things to Do

Academy of Art

THERE ARE ALWAYS GREAT DISPLAYS AND EXHIBITS AT THIS PLACE. ..ALSO I HAVE BEEN TO VERY NICE CONCERTS THAT THEY HAVE HAD IN A SMALL AND COMFORTABLE THEATRE THEY HAVE ON THE BACK SIDE OF THE GROUNDS....
View More

Getting to Honolulu

Address

We don't yet have an address for this Things to Do. Help us improve our info!

Hours

We don't yet have hours for this Things to Do. Help us improve our info!

Map