National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific Tours

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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Otherwise and colloquially known as Punchbowl Cemetery, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific is a United States Armed Forces cemetery in Honolulu, Hawaii. Part of the National Register of Historic Places, the cemetery gathers millions of visitors every year, making it one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Hawaii. It is dedicated to Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard members who lost their lives in their line of duty. 

The location of the cemetery wasn’t the fruit of coincidence; it is located on what Hawaiians called “Hill of Sacrifice,” which used to be an altar where they offered human sacrifices to pagan gods and where they installed a battery of two cannons used to salute prominent arrivals and signify noteworthy instances.

Since the site was established in 1949, approximately 53,000 World War I, World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans and their dependents have been interred in these grounds – including the sadly infamous USS Arizona victims during the Pearl Harbor attack. In addition to its vast burial grounds, the cemetery contains a number of small memorials, such as that of Honolulu, commemorating soldiers of 20th-century wars. The memorial is often regarded as the highlight of the cemetery’s visit, because of Lady Columbia’s statue erected at the top of the staircase in the Court of Honor; also known as Lady Liberty or Lady Justice, she is said to represent all grieving mothers. 

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The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific is located at 2177 Puowaina Drive in central Honolulu and is open daily from 8am to 5:30pm between September 30 and March 1. It is open from 8am to 6:30pm between March 2 and September 29. On Memorial Day, the cemetery is open from 7am until 7pm.
Address: 2177 Puowaina Drive, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
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USS Missouri, USS Arizona Memorial, and Pearl Harbor Tour from Waikiki

Explore the sites of Pearl Harbor in Honolulu on this tour from Waikiki. You'll receive skip-the-line access for a guided tour of the USS Missouri and visit the USS Arizona Memorial and the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center to learn about the Japanese attacks in 1941. Plus, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Honolulu to see attractions such as the King Kamehameha Statue and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl Cemetery).
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Day at Pearl Harbor Tour

Spend the day visiting Pearl Harbor where you see other WWII monuments, museums, and cemeteries honoring America’s war heroes. Avoid the hassles of driving, waiting in line, or missing any key sights with a comprehensive itinerary that insures stops at top locations, priority entrance to sights and convenient round-trip transportation.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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US$ 170.00
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Deluxe Stars and Stripes Tour

Combine visits to three of Oahu's important landmarks, each honoring significant events in American history: the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, the Battleship Missouri, and the USS Arizona Memorial. Skip-the-line access, lunch and a 35-minute guided tour of the Battleship Missouri are included. This 9.5-hour tour includes transportation in between the three sites, in addition to a tour of downtown Honolulu. 
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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US$ 121.00
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Oahu Day Trip: Pearl Harbor, Honolulu and Punchbowl from Kauai

See Oahu’s historic sites and scenic highlights on a full-day trip from Kauai that includes Pearl Harbor, Honolulu and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. Travel through the poignant WWII-era history of the Hawaiian Islands, from the 1941 attack on the USS Arizona to the 1945 armistice signing aboard the USS Missouri. Get a glimpse of Oahu’s royal and colonial past in downtown Honolulu then reflect on aisles of gravestones and the heartrending “courts of the missing,” a remarkable memorial to soldiers lost in the war.
  • Duration: 13 hours
  • Duration: 13 hours
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Half-Day Pearl Harbor City Tour from Waikiki

Tour Pearl Harbor and other national monuments with a guide who can bring history to life on this 5.5-hour trip from Waikiki. Ride with a group of 25 people or fewer through downtown Honolulu and to a selection of famous military monuments on a fully narrated excursion.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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Full-Day Honolulu Tour with Pearl Harbor

Take a full day to explore Honolulu on a full-day tour that features an in-depth look at Pearl Harbor and World War II in the Pacific. Visit highlights including the USS Arizona, the USS Missouri, World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, historic downtown Honolulu, and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Your guide shares informative commentary about Oahu's top sights and Hawaii's role in the war.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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US$ 92.00
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Pearl Harbor - USS Arizona - Honolulu City Tour

Combine visits to downtown Honolulu, Pearl Harbor, and the USS Arizona in a 5-hour tour departing from Waikiki or Kahala. In a climate-controlled tour vehicle, travel between the area's disbursed landmarks, spending time listening to your guide's informative commentary at each. Round-trip transportation from Waikiki and Kahala hotels provided.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor and Punchbowl Sightseeing Tour

See Honolulu’s top attractions on this 5-hour tour including a skip-the-line entrance to Pearl Harbor. Travel by air-conditioned coach as a guide narrates the history behind all of the important sites that you pass, such as the USS Arizona Memorial and the Punchbowl National Memorial Cemetery. Afterward, you’ll explore downtown Honolulu, making stops at the King Kamehameha Statue, Kawaiahao Church and more. You will be dropped off back at your Waikiki hotel after your tour has concluded.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Day at Pearl Harbor Deluxe Tour

Combine visits to the Pacific Historic Park, Punchbowl, and downtown Honolulu on this deluxe 9.5-hour tour. Hit all the important historic sites, including the Pacific Aviation Museum, the USS Battleship Missouri, the USS Bowfin, and the USS Arizona Memorial, with skip-the-line tickets and reserved shuttle and movie times. Lunch and round-trip hotel transportation included.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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US$ 217.50
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Short Honolulu City Private Tour From Waikiki

It’s easy to get what you want from Honolulu when you go on this 2-hour private tour of the city. Your customized itinerary takes you to the places you request, and your private guide's commentary is based on your interests. Hop in a private minivan as you explore historical downtown Honolulu. Spots you can see include the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, the King Kamehameha Statue, and Diamond Head.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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US$ 284.00
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Pearl Harbor History Remembered Tour from Ko Olina

Honor the memory of Pearl Harbor, one of World War II’s most infamous attacks, during this 7-hour excursion visiting the famous naval base along with downtown Honolulu. Pay your respects at the ‘USS Arizona’ Memorial and explore the exhibits at the Pacific National Monument. You’ll also visit the ‘USS Missouri,’ check out downtown Honolulu, plus much more.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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US$ 104.00
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Stars and Stripes Tour

Combine visits to three of Oahu's important landmarks, each honoring significant events in American history: the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, the Battleship Missouri, and the USS Arizona Memorial. This 8-hour tour allows you to see all three sites, with transportation in between, in addition to a tour of downtown Honolulu. Pickup and drop-off at selected hotels included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$ 102.00
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Private Honolulu City Tour from Waikiki

Explore downtown Honolulu and other landmarks and natural wonders on a private tour. Adjust the day’s itinerary to suit your interests, and make sure you don’t miss top sights on your list. See Iolani Palace and the iconic golden King Kamehameha statue. Get local insights and recommendations from your driver. Avoid the stress of driving, navigating, parking, and public transportation and travel in a luxury chauffeured vehicle.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Pacific Aviation Museum, USS Arizona, Punchbowl and Honolulu City Tour

Explore the naval and aviation history of Pearl Harbor during this 7.5-hour excursion offering a combined visit to the USS Arizona Memorial, a stop at the newly-opened Pacific Aviation Museum and sightseeing tour of downtown Honolulu. Take a moving trip by Navy launch to the USS Arizona. Then admire rare WWII Japanese and American planes at the Pacific Aviation Museum. Finish your day exploring some of Honolulu’s most famous landmarks. Your trip includes museum admission, a guide and round-trip hotel transport from Waikiki.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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Half Day Oahu Combo Adventure: Bike, Sail and Snorkel

On this exciting Oahu combo tour, start the day with a downhill bike ride with epic views of the coastline, before boarding a comfortable catamaran for a two-hour snorkeling adventure.  On this Oahu biking and sailing tour, all the necessary equipment is provided along with professional guides, as is round trip transportation and a deli-style lunch.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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Oahu Day Trip to Pearl Harbor from the Big Island

On this day trip from the Big Island to Oahu and Pearl Harbor, experience the site of the Japanese attack that shook an entire nation, and stand in the spot on the USS 'Missouri' where the Japanese eventually surrendered. You’ll later experience historic sites in downtown Honolulu, from the gorgeous Westminster Abbey of the Pacific to America’s only royal palace. This moving Pearl Harbor tour from Kona concludes with a visit to Punchbowl Cemetery before heading back to the Big Island that night.
  • Duration: 14 hours
  • Duration: 14 hours
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Pearl Harbor and Honolulu City Combination Tour

Discover Oahu’s top attractions on a 5-hour guided tour of Pearl Harbor and downtown Honolulu. Led by a local guide, you’ll visit the USS Arizona Memorial and learn the history behind the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor. Then, head through downtown to see the King Kamehameha Statue, the State Capitol and the Iolani Palace, the only royal residence on American soil. Transported by air-conditioned coach, you’ll experience the best of the island on this comprehensive adventure.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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