Punchbowl Crater has long been a somber place. In ancient times it was known as Puowaina, which means “Consecrated Hill” or “Hill of Sacrifice.” Many royal burials occurred here, as did executions of violators of Hawaiian kapu laws. Today, it is the location of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. The bodies of more than 30,000 servicemen and servicewomen from four American wars are buried here.
- Spectacular view of Honolulu from the crater rim
- Punchbowl and Diamond Head are both approximately 100,000 years old.
- Keep an eye out for green parakeets in the giant trees.