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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
|2177 Puowaina Drive
Honolulu, HI 96813-1729
Total records = 35,224
Also known as the "Punchbowl", it lies in the middle of Puowaina Crater, an extinct volcano. It was officially dedicated on September 2, 1949, on the 4th anniversary of V-J Day. Of all the national cemeteries, this one has been described as the most beautiful and the most moving.
The cemetery consists of 112.5 acres in extent. Roughly translated, "Puowaina" means "Consecrated Hill" or "Hill of Sacrifice." The Punchbowl was the site of many secret Alii (Royal) burials. It was also the place where offenders of certain kapas (taboos) were sacrificed. In the early 1800's the crater was an important stronghold for Oahu natives who tried in vain to resist the invading Army of Kamehameha when he unified the Hawaiian Islands in 1810. The kingdom established by Kamehameha existed until Queen Lilioukalani was deposed in 1893.
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