The Puowaina crater (commonly called “Punchbowl” due to its shape) was formed around 75,000 years ago when Honolulu was undergoing a secondary period of volcanic activity. The cemetery was built inside the crater in 1948. Over 13,000 men and women who died in service during World War II were buried then including 776 who perished in Hawaii at Pearl Harbor on Dec 7, 1941. Since its opening, 34,000 veterans of WWI, WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War have been interred.
Court of the Missing: the names of 28,788 missing, lost, or buried at sea are carved on ten marble walls
Court of Honor: statue of Lady Columbia, who represents all grieving mothers, with an inscription at the bottom from a letter President Lincoln wrote to a mother: “The Solemn Pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom”
Map gallery depicting important American military events in the central and south Pacific regions and Korea
Memorial pathway containing a variety of memorials honoring America’s veterans
Lookout – spectacular panoramic view of Honolulu spanning from Diamond Head past the airport out towards the Leeward coast.