National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

Ki Concepts is leading a multi-disciplinary team to provide major improvements to this historic and cultural landmark, the 116 acre memorial cemetery in Honolulu, Hawaii located in Puowaina Crater, also known as Punchbowl. Punchbowl Cemetery is one of Oahu’s most visited destinations. The team was tasked with assessing the cemetery’s expansion capacity while maintaining and enhancing its unique historic, cultural and visual character. The project’s program includes increasing interment capacity by 9,000+ columbaria niches to accommodate projected burial capacity for fifteen years; demolition of the existing Administration and Visitor facility; construction of a new Public Information Center and Administration (PIC/Admin) Facility with LEED Silver certification; renovation of an existing maintenance building; new Memorial Walls and other infrastructure improvements to the cemetery.

The team’s biggest challenge was to how to integrate the design of the new PIC/Admin building on the highly visible flank of Puowaina, within the City’s Punchbowl Special Design District. Our design process involved community stakeholder outreach and three dimensional visual simulation to ensure community support of the expansion and a sensitive fit within the urban landscape. Also complex construction phasing strategies were incorporated to maintain continual operations of this highly visited site in order to continue the cemetery’s role in fulfilling our nation’s and community’s mission of honoring our veterans.