Punchbowl - National Memorial Cemetary of the Pacific and Tantalus Road
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May 21st, 2008 – by: JVmakai
I went up to the Nat'l Memorial Cemetary of the Pacific (aka Punchbowl) and spent a couple hours taking it all in. I have been to Pearl Harbor a couple times but this is different in that very few people seem to come here and it really is a good thing to see if you are a history buff. All of the grave markers are flat on the ground so you don't really get a sense of the mass unless you physically go there. I never realized the big white memorial has pillars all along that are engraved with thousands of soliders whose remains were never recovered or were buried at sea. Staggering to see so many. There are mosaics of all the battles of the Pacific during WWII, Vietnam and Korea that were very interesting to look at.
Afterwards I drove up along Tantalus Road and went to Pu'u Ualaka'a Park. Tantalus is about 10 miles of curves slowly ascending through forest with some amazing vistas to see all of Honolulu. The view out of Pu'u was expansive. I wish it would have been a sunny day as you could see all the way to Diamondhead along the coast down past Pearl Harbor.
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