Magazine article Sunset

Honolulu's Renovated Punchbowl

Magazine article Sunset

Honolulu's Renovated Punchbowl

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Honolulu's renovated Punchbowl It is surely, one of the most beautiful final resting places in the world. High above the Pacific, in the crater of an extinct volcano, row on row of granite grave markers march across the seamless green lawn. Trade winds unfurl the American flag and stir the leaves of the frangipani and monkeypod trees. This is Honolulu's National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, better known as Punchbowl.

Ernie Pyle is buried here, and Challenger astronaut Ellison Onizuka, and nearly 30,000 veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf. Punchbowl's melding of military tradition with natural splendor has made it one of the most touristed spots in Hawaii; last year it drew 6 million visitors. Now a $2 million renovation is helping the cemetery to withstand this popularity -- and visitors to find the tranquility the setting demands.

From Puowaina to Punchbowl

Punchbowl was called Puowaina, hill of sacrifice, by the early Hawaiians. In the 19th century, its strategic position led King Kamehameha's government to locate a cannon battery on its slopes, while the views lured many locals. …

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