Talk Story #7 – Hawaii Spirit and the Gift of Remembering at Punchbowl Crater
One of the Hawaiian name translations of the Punchbowl Crater is Puowaina, or “Hill of Sacrifice.”
Our 5 Armed Forces Divisions are honored
At the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, a new tradition was started with the Worcester Wreath Co. in Maine donating 5 wreaths to Punchbowl every year, where they are placed next to the Armed Forces seals at the flagpole. This has now become a full-scale campaign honoring our fallen Veterans across America at the national cemeteries.
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in December
Here on Oahu, 1,288 wreaths were placed in the central section of the cemetery with the assistance of 11 Civil Air Patrol members, and many more volunteers. A striking and memorable sight for those who visit. Punchbowl Crater is one of the most visited national cemeteries with a lot of history.
A personal side note: I remember going with my father and brother up to Punchbowl, and finding a cousin’s cross.
Jeanne, brother and father, and thousands of crosses
There were thousands of those white crosses all in rows, everywhere I could see. It was a very dramatic realization and visual example to a child of how many servicemen had sacrificed their lives to keep us safe. Today, the immediate impact is not there, except perhaps in December with the center area of wreaths.
Now, the acres of lovely lawn and tall trees with their grave markers flat on the ground, still invokes a quietness, and the permeating hope that someday there will indeed be peace on Earth and good will toward all.
What has all of this to do with a purchase of Real Estate? Nothing…and everything!
I want to give you a small share of our life here, and an idea of what it is like to live in Hawaii; Each person finding their own path, and in such wonderful surroundings. Choose the cool mountains, or the warm ocean, where you too can find the essence of the Hawaii Spirit.
Contact me, and along with Hawaii Life Real Estate Services, we will assist you in finding that perfect place for you here! Sending you a happy and healthy Mele Kalikimaka from your Realtor in Hawaii. Warm Aloha, Jeanne.
Note: In Hawaii, there is often a gathering of family and friends, and in a casual way stories are told of that days happenings, or past events. We call it “Talk Story.” My continued series will be about different places around Oahu with a bit of their history, and the many opportunities for you today. I would love to hear about your personal Hawaii memories to share, perhaps during the territorial days, like I was, growing up out Koko Head way. Hawaii is a special place and so are the people. Follow me as we discover a lifestyle best suited for YOU. Whether it is a new military move, a casual beach house, a downsized retirement home, a golf course fronted resort home-away-from-home, a grand residence with superb view, or a high rise condominium, the choices and Hawaii Life Real Estate Services resources are many. Contact me today with your interest, needs, and desires or let’s just “Talk Story!” Jeanne E Buboltz, RB, CRS, GRI