Deep within the Valley of the Temples in Memorial Park, hugging the foot of Ko’olau Mountains on Oahu visitors are awed to find the beautiful Byodo-In Buddhist temple. A renowned place of serenity on the island, this location encourages reflection and communion with nature. The Byodo-In Temple is a replica of it’s original and larger counterpart in Uji, Japan, but maintains an equal atmosphere of reverence. Visitors from all over are encouraged to come and enjoy the grounds, take a moment to unwind or simply meditate in a serene setting unlike any other.
Honor and History
Constructed in 1968, the Byodo-In Temple was built to honor 100 years of immigration on the part of Japanese citizens to the Hawaiian Islands. Today, it is a non-practicing Buddhist temple, which means visitors of all faith backgrounds can find a moment of significance within these walls. Once inside the temple, visitors come face to face with Amida, a towering golden Buddha built to impress at over 9 feet tall. A step outside the temple leads to the bell house where Bon-Sho calmly rests. Translated to mean sacred bell, this three-ton brass beauty was crafted in Osaka, Japan and it’s calming tone is meant to bring peace of mind while warding off temptation and dark thoughts.
Where Nature and the Mystic Collide
A visit to the interior of the temple is calming, but it may be a wander through the luscious grounds that gives visitors a true taste of this location’s appeal. The temple yard is filled with opportunities to view some incredible wildlife. Some of these creatures that spend their days lingering in this oasis of tranquility include peacocks, frogs, black swans and turtles. Hundreds of Koi swim through gentle ponds in what is meant to be a reflection-inducing experience.
Sacred and Special Events
Due to its calming ambiance, stunning aesthetic and overall impressive feel, the Byodo-In Temple is often called upon when it’s time to commemorate a special occasion. The temple is happy to accommodate event requests on an individual basis. The location has previously hosted weddings, funerals, classes, workshops and customized group tours. Feel free to reach out to a temple representative at 808-239-8811 or easily fill out an inquiry form online at the website http://byodo-in.com/. The temple is located at 47-200 Kahekili Highway in Kaneohe, Hawaii.
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