The National Cemetery of the Pacific is the soberingly beautiful 34,000 grave cemetery located in Honolulu, on the island of Oahu. This resting place takes up 112.5 total acres and was established in 1949, today serving proudly as a historic burial site honoring local veterans from over four wars, as well as honoring one of the most striking views of the surrounding island from a volcanic crater. Often times aptly referred to as "the punchbowl," this site is historically known as Puowaina, or the Hill of Sacrifice, and was geologically formed somewhere between 75,000 to 100,000 years ago. This spot, Oahu’s Punchbowl, is truly a very calming military resting place, with superb scenic vistas of the surrounding tropical land. Enjoy lush shades of manicured green contrasting dramatically with the white granite and stonework within the gates.
Once inside the cemetery you will be presented with a pathway to the left that leads to memorials and a truly outstanding view of the city, one of the "most beautiful and moving" sights in all of Hawaii. Learn all about the history of the many secret alii that took place here, otherwise known as royal burials. The history of a culture that once thrived here, and still thrives here, is visible in every step, so be sure to save some extra time to get to know the story behind the 1800s stronghold and kingdom that ruled here. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, bring plenty of water, and bring your camera or binoculars, you’re going to want to take in the breathtaking view from Puowaina Lookout!