Punchbowl

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Are you wondering why this cemetery was given the nickname Punchbowl? It’s because of its shape. The cemetery lies in an extinct volcano called POUWAINA.

Roughly translated, “Pouwaina” means “Consecrated Hill” or “Hill of Sacrifice.”

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Today the cemetery is a memorial to the sacrifice made by the men and women in the United States Armed Services.

Dedicated in 1949, 776 casualties from the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor were among the first to be buried here.

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The main memorial consists of stairs flanked by the ten “Courts of the Missing.” On its walls are the names of 26,280 American heroes. Each of them was recorded as missing, lost or buried at sea.

We also visited the grave of Ellison Onzuka, the first Hawaiian astronaut who died on the Space Shuttle Challenger.

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Beautiful views from that hilltop!

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It is the Soldier, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the press;
It is the Solder, not the poet who has given us the freedom of speech;
It is the Soldier, not the protester who has given us freedom to demonstrate
It is the Soldier– Who salutes the flag; Who serves beneath the flag; and whose coffin is draped by the flag

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