NATIONAL CEMETERY OF THE PACIFIC , also known as PUNCHBOWL , is the resting place of more than 25,000 people who served in one or more of three American wars. This 112-acre cemetery lies in the middle of an extinct volcano called PŪOWAINA CRATER . (In Hawaiian, the word pūowaina means, “consecrated hill,”
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The cemetery pays homage to American citizens who sacrifi ced their lives in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The Courts of the Missing — white stone tablets that bear the names of WWII soldiers missing in action — also graces the cemetery. In addition, the cemetery is known as the site of secret Hawaiian royalty burials.