It was about a 15-minute walk from the bus stop up Pouwaina Drive to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Along the way we had one spectacular view after another and most of them included Diamond Head.
We stopped by the Visitor Center and then visited the Honolulu Memorial where we received a history lesson on the War in the Pacific during the 1940s and the Korean War in the 1950s (more about this visit next week). Then I walked up the Memorial Walk to the Punchbowl Overlook where I discovered more spectacular views. Directly in front of me was central Honolulu. To the west I could see Pearl Harbor and beyond. And there was Diamond Head again to the east.
We were pleasantly surprised to see the same friendly bus driver who drove us up to Punchbowl three hours earlier. She let us off near the Blaisdell Concert Hall where we grabbed a # 13 bus back to Waikiki. That bus stopped on the corner of Kuhio and Paoakalani — right across the street from our hotel.