Cemetery FAQs

Everything you need to know about cemeteries.


Do I need to contact a cemetery if I’ve already contacted a funeral home?

Yes, we encourage you to also contact a cemetery in addition to the mortuary/funeral home, as they can help you plan for and arrange all the details for your loved one following a funeral service. Oahu Cemetery & Crematory and its wholly owned subsidiary Oahu Mortuary provide integrated services for all of your end of life care needs.


I’m looking into vaults - can they be personalized?

Of course. We have a wide range of personalization choices, including customized nameplates and military insignias, with options available to meet your specific needs. Contact us to find out more about how your loved one’s vault can be personalized to your wishes.


Do I need to purchase a burial vault?

In most areas of the country, state or local laws do not require that you buy a container to surround the casket in the grave. Oahu Cemetery Association does not require that you have such a container. 


I’ve heard about mausoleum or columbarium burials - what are the benefits? 

People choose mausoleum crypts (for caskets) or columbarium niches (for urns) because they are both clean and dry. They offer a good alternative for those who who prefer to not be interred in the ground.


Are there ground vaults for cremated remains? 

Yes, we offer urn ground vaults, designed for in-ground burial of cremated remains. We have a wide selection available depending on the number of urns that you are planning for, so we are sure we can help you find a beautiful option that is a good fit for your taste and preferences.


Can two cremations be performed at once?

No. Not only is it illegal to do so, most modern cremation chambers are not of sufficient size to accommodate more than one adult.


Can the family witness the cremation?

Oahu Cemetery’s cremation facility is set up to allow family members to be present when the deceased is placed into the cremation chamber. In fact, some religious groups include this as part of their funeral custom. As anything, this is a personal choice on whether you want to witness this event.


Are cemeteries running out of space?

Just like other open spaces, cemeteries have been impacted by the sheer number of people on our planet. However, funeral homes and local cemeteries can always help you find the space you need, so don’t ever feel that there is not an option to meet your needs. Oahu Cemetery Association has sufficient space for generations to come.


I’ve heard of Endowment Care - what is it?

In short, Endowment Care refers to the funds that are held in a perpetual care trust that keep the cemetery grounds beautiful and well-kept, ensuring that your loved one will be taken care of each and every day over the long term. Once the service is over and those in attendance have left the grounds, we want to ensure that peacefulness and beauty are permanent parts of our grounds and Endowment Care makes this possible.

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