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Old Mar 9, 2007, 8:04 AM   #1
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The National Cemetery of the Pacific. Also known as the "Punchbowl, lies in the middle of Puowaina Crater in Honolulu, an extinct volcano. It was officially dedicated on September 2, 1949, on the 4th anniversary of V-J Day. Of all the national cemeteries, this one has been described as the most beautiful and the most moving.

The cemetery consists of 112.5 acres in extent. Roughly translated, "Puowaina" means "Consecrated Hill" or "Hill of Sacrifice." The Punchbowl was the site of many secret Alii (Royal) burials. It was also the place where offenders of certain kapas (taboos) were sacrificed. In the early 1800's the crater was an important stronghold for Oahu natives who tried in vain to resist the invading Army of Kamehameha when he unified the Hawaiian Islands in 1810. The kingdom established by Kamehameha existed until Queen Lilioukalani was deposed in 1893."



The following wall sized mural is a sample of the many muralscontained in the monument. Theydepict the major World War II battles.



This is cheating a bit but detail shot of Columbia.




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A very moving story with great visual
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Old Mar 10, 2007, 8:29 PM   #3
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Selvin! Shame on you for posting three pictues! Actually, I don't mind since the shots are beautiful, especially the second and third.

I have been to Punchbowl Crater one time about 35 years ago. I was on a bus tour and we got about 15 minutes to get pictures. If I ever get back there, I want to visit it again.

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Selvin,

This is beautiful! I only stopped by to see how many messages I was going to have to go through later and saw your description and had to look now. I have a relative who is buried there. (My other hobby is genealogy.) He died 2 Jul 1944.

Living in NH I will probably never be able to go there. So, seeing these photos was very touching for me.

Thank you for posting these.

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Mcliu, Cal, Patty,

Thank you for your kind comments. The Punchbowl is a very moving monument.

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That is beautiful. When we went to DC last May, my favorite place was Arlington. I found so many interesting things there. I could go back to DC and spend days at Arlington.


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