National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Panorama of the Honolulu Memorial in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific on Oahu. This image shows the memorial and view over parts of the cemetery.
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - FURTHER INFORMATION
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Oahu visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Hawaii.
The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific rests on the top of an extinct volcano overlooking Honolulu on Oahu. Thousands of people visit the cemetery each year and it has become one of the most popular attractions in Hawaii.
The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific occupies much of Punchbowl Crater (Pūowaina in Hawaiian) in downtown Honolulu. It was dedicated on 2nd September 1939 and since that time 34,000 veterans of World War I, World War II, the Korean, and Vietnam wars have been interred here. Graves within the cemetery were originally marked with white wooden crosses. these were replaced with stone plaques in 1951 to much public outcry. In 1976 the headstones of 23 graves were replaced with Bicentennial Medal of Honor headstones, and in 2001 about 70 generic gravestones were replaced with with markers including the USS Arizona after it was determined that these men died on her during the attack on Pearl Harbour.
Central to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific is the Honolulu Memorial shown in this picture. The Honolulu Memorial was erected in to honor the sacrifices and achievements of American Armed Forces in the Pacific during World War II and in the Korean War. The memorial contains a statue of Lady Columbia (Justice or Liberty) in the Court of Honor at the top of a grand stairway. Underneath her is the inscription, 'The solemn pride that must be yours, to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of Freedom'
Descending the stairs, visitors pass 10 Courts of the Missing in which stand marble slabs with the names of 28,788 American military personnel missing or buried at sea within the Pacific Theater during these conflicts, including 18,096 from World War II, 8,200 from the Korean War and 2,504 from the Vietnam War. At the bottom of the steps is an inscription that reads 'In these gardens are recorded the names of Americans who gave their lives in the service of their country and whose earthly resting place is known only to God'.
The National Memorial Cemetery Of The Pacific
& The Honolulu Memorial
2177 Puowaina Drive, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
From Waikiki take Hwy 1 west and the the 61 (Pali) Hwy north and follow signs onto Auwaiolumi Street and then Puowaina Drive.