This attractive vermilion temple on Oahu’s windward side is set beneath the stunning Koolau mountains and overlooks Kaneohe. The temple is a full-size replica of a 900-year-old temple called Byodo-In and located in Uji, Japan. The Oahu site is also a memorial park with numerous crypts and mausoleums that are the resting places of many distinguished Hawaii residents of many different faiths. The park’s Inspiration Chapel has spectacular views and provides a memorable place for reflection.
Oahu’s Byodo-In temple was dedicated in 1968 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Japanese immigrants coming to Hawaii to work on the sugarcane plantations. Highlights at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park include a 9-foot tall Buddha that is lacquered with gold and sits atop a lotus, and a 3-ton brass bell on the site is said to bring good luck and peace to anyone who rings it.
Meticulous landscaping has created beautiful meditative gardens as well as a pond stocked with golden koi. A lovely bridge crosses over the water and colorful peacocks roam the grounds. Also located on the grounds of the park are various Catholic statues including Christ and the Virgin Mary. The park also has a gift shop.
Valley of the Temples Memorial Park is located at 47-200 Kahekili Highway (Hwy. 83), about 1-1/2 miles north of Haiku Road.
Phone: (808) 239-8811.