2177 Puowaina Drive, Honolulu 808-532-3720 In ancient times, the extinct volcanic Punchbowl Crater was known as Puowaina which means "Consecrated Hill" or "Hill of Sacrifice". It was the site of many secret Ali'i (royal) burials and a place where offenders of certain Kapus (taboos) were sacrificed. Today, the Hill of Sacrifice is the location of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific where 33,230 service men and women from four wars are buried.
Directions: Located above the city of Honolulu, take Ward Avenue off of Ala Moana Boulevard. Take a right on Prospect Street and follow the signs into the Punchbowl, The Cemetery is also accessible from H1 or the Pali Highway. Follow the signs. Useful Information: Open 8am-6:30pm daily Free Admission For Additional Information on the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl click here