National Memorial Cemetary of the Pacific –
Punchbowl Cemetery

Punchbowl Cemetery

Punchbowl Cemetery - National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific Few national cemeteries can compete with the dramatic natural setting of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Commonly knows as Punchbowl Cemetery or Punchbowl Memorial, the bowl was formed some 75,000 to 100,000 years ago during the Honolulu period of secondary volcanic activity. A crater resulted from the ejection of hot lava through cracks in the old coral reefs which, at the time, extended to the foot of the Koolau Mountain Range. Punchbowl Cemetary Virtual Tour on Memorial Day Dave took his panoramic pole when visited Punchbowl on Memorial Day with our 4 Year Old.  These pictures were taken after the official memorial day ceremonies had ended. Punchbowl Memorial History During the late 1890s, a committee recommended that the Punchbowl become the site for a new cemetery to accommodate the growing population of Honolulu. The idea was rejected for fear of polluting the water supply and the emotional aversion to creating a city of the dead above a city of the living Fifty years later, Congress authorized a small appropriation to establish a national cemetery in Honolulu with two provisions: that the location be acceptable to the War Department, and…

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