The Byodo-In Temple is a non-denominational Buddhist shrine located on the island of O’ahu at the foot of the Ko’olau Mountains in the Valley of the Temples, Kaneohe, Hawai’i. All people of any faith are welcome to worship, meditate or simply appreciate its majestic beauty. Visitors are reminded that the temple and its grounds are a solemn, religious area and to please be respectful while in the Valley of the Temples. Upon entry of the temple visitors are required to remove their shoes.
The Byodo-In Temple grounds feature lush landscaped gardens to include a large reflecting pond, meditation niches, and small waterfalls with a serene mountain backdrop. The garden is home to wild peacocks, black swans, hundreds of Japanese koi fish, turtles and frogs.
The temple is a replica of a 900-year-old Buddhist temple established in the year 1052 at Uji in Kyoto prefecture of Japan. The Oahu temple was established and dedicated in August of 1968 to commemorate 100-year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii. The Byodo-In Temple is recognized as an Official Hawai’i Landmark.
Valley of the Temples Memorial Park
alley of the Temples Memorial Park was designed to be unlike any cemetery you’ve ever seen; it’s truly a one-of-a-kind place. Thousands of Buddhist, Shinto, Protestant and Catholic residents of Hawai’i are buried in this memorial park. It was founded by Paul Trousdale in 1963.
Also on the grounds are large Catholic statues depicting the Passion of Christ, the Virgin Mary, various Catholic saints, crypts and mausoleums of some of the most influential people in Hawai’i.