The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (also Punchbowl National Cemetery) is a cemetery located in Honolulu, Hawaii that serves a memorial to those men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces. It is administered by the National Cemetery Administration of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Thousands of visitors visit the cemetery each year, and it is one of the more popular tourist attractions in Hawaii.
The cemetery is located in Punchbowl Crater (Powaina in Hawaiian), located just north of downtown Honolulu (a bit confusing to find due to several small turns, access Punchbowl by taking Ward Avenue off of Ala Moana Boulevard, and then taking a right on Prospect Street and following the signs into the Punchbowl; the cemetery is also accessible from H1 or the Pali Highway). In ancient times Punchbowl was used as a site for human sacrifices, and p-o-waina means "hill of placing (human sacrifices)."