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Punchbowl Crater
Oahu, Hawaii

This crater near downtown Honolulu was called Puowaina by the early Hawaiians, which can be translated as either "hill of sacrifice" or "consecrated hill".

Punchbowl Crater
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The Cemetery of the Pacific was constructed inside Punchbowl Crater in 1948 and the first remains were buried there on January 4, 1949. Some of the first remains to be moved to the cemetery of the Pacific were 776 military personnel who died on December 7, 1941, during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The Punchbowl crater cemetery is now filled to capacity with more then 33,000 graves of military personnel who served in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Thousands of flower leis are collected every year to adorn the graves before an annual Memorial Day ceremony that is held inside Punchbowl Crater,

National Cemetery of the Pacific

Official Web site of the cemetery located inside Punchbowl crater near downtown Honolulu.

More About Punchbowl Crater
- Acres of Honor Photos of Punchbowl Cemetery
- Acres of Honor History of Punchbowl Cemetery
- U.S. Veterans Affairs on Punchbowl Cemetery
- Wikipedia on Punchbowl Crater
- Hawaii Web on Punchbowl Crater

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