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Byodo-in Temple, Hawaii

A temple to commemorate 100 years of Japanese presence in Hawaii.

Photo by neanderthalis

The Byodo-in Temple lies on the island of Oahu, Hawaii between the towns of Kaneohe and Kahaluu. Nestled at the back of Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, lies this fascinating Buddhist temple. The parks houses several districts of memorials for Catholics, Chinese, Japanese and other groups.

The Byodo-in Temple was established in 1968 to acknowledge the 100 years of Japanese immigrants to Hawaii. It is a scaled replica of the original temple in Uji, Japan. The temple is considered non-practicing and people of all faiths are free to reflect, gain peace, and enjoyment. Those with cameras are required to pay a three dollar fee to use your camera. Others who come to just visit are free.

Approaching the temple requires you to cross over a long red bridge. To one’s right comes the tolling of the bell. A large bell struck by visitors is said to be a way to have your prayers answered or perhaps it is just a whole lot of fun. It rings often, but the tone is not unpleasant.

The grounds contain a small pond that houses koi and a few black swans.

There is also a stream that feeds the pond.

And a Zen Garden.

Photo by neanderthalis

The temple itself houses a large Buddha and place for funeral urns.

The temple has been in several television shows and in movies. Most recently, it was in the series, Lost, and I am sure in the new Hawaii 5-0. It is a beautiful site that can be rented out for professional photography and even weddings.

The photos were shot with a Canon AE-1 & Lomography CN 100. Aloha!

May you find your peace.

written by neanderthalis

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