Palaces / Temples, Oahu
If you choose to take a day away from the sun and beach and haven't been to Japan, it might be interesting for you to visit Oahu's Valley of the Temples, the highlight of which is the Byodo-In. The Valley of the Temples is essentially a cemetary that allows the burial of people from many diverse religious traditions -- not a surprise given that Hawaii probably has the greatest religious diversity of any state and certainly the most Buddhists. One nice thing about this is that intolerant religious zealots have a hard time winning converts here. Another good thing is the presence of temples like Byodo-In, which is the replica of a similar temple in Uji, Japan (well, almost a replica -- the Oahu version is constructed mostly of concrete vice wood in deference to the Windward Side's rainfall). Just like in Japan, the Byodo-In has a raked sand garden and carp pools. But if you've been to Kyoto, you might not find this place very exciting. And, despite it's location, it's not off the beaten path -- several tour busses disgorged passengers during my visit with my local friend Ray, who claims that the temple's peacocks often show up in his brother's back yard!
P.S. If misquitoes like you, you may want to bring some repellent!
it is known as the byodo-in buddhist temple and is a replica of the 900 year old temple located in Uji, Japan. the surroundings are entirely peaceful and there are beautiful koi ponds to admire. you can get some fish food to feed the koi and numerous koi will vie for the food. it is a wonderful photo opt. inside the temple is a 9 foot buddha carved from wood. outside there is a peace bell which visitors can ring.
The Byodo-In Temple is one of the most peaceful, beautiful and serene places on Oahu. This Buddhist temple is a replica of the 900-year-old Byodo-In located in Uji, Japan. It was built in the 1960's to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrant workers in Hawaii who came to work in the sugar plantation fields. The temple is set among lush tropical gardens with tall mountains in the background. Inside the temple is a nine-foot Lotus Buddha and outside is a 5-foot three-ton, brass Peace Bell. The temple is landscaped with traditional Japanese gardens and a 2-acre koi pond. There is food available to feed to coi. When you drop the pellets of food it is likely a feeding frenzy with coi jumping over coi. The temple has recently been used as a filming location for the tv series Lost.
Open 8:30am - 4:30pm daily
This is a solemn, religious area. Be respectful and quiet and remove your shoes before entering the temple.
Valley of the Temples is located on the Windward side of Oahu, tucked away against the Koolau Mountain's in Temple Valley.
The temple is a replica of the 900 year old Byodo Temple in Uji, Japan. Surrounding the temple are beautiful Japanese gardens, and giant Koi ponds.
Inside the temple you will find the Lotus Buddha, which is said to be the largest wooden carved Buddha in the last 1,000 years. It is covered in Gold and Laquer.
Also at the temple, is a 3.5 ton brass Peace Bell. Anyone is free to ring it, it rings symbolizing calm and peace.
8:30am - 4:30pm
$2 per person
IOLANI PALACE WAS THE HOME OF OUR LAST RULING KING AND QUEEN OF HAWAII.
QUEEN LILI' UOKALANI WAS OVER THROWN ON JAN 17TH. 1893 BY THE UNITED STATES GOVERMENT.
THE PALACE WAS RESTORED IN 1969 AND NOW SERVES AS A TREASURED LANDMARK AND MUSEUM.
TUESDAY THRU SATURDAY
830AM TIL 330PM
SELF GUIDED ADULT TOUR $6GRAND TOUR ADULT $20
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Tucked under the Koolau Mountain Range, you'll find the Valley of the Temples Cemetery as well as the Byodo-In Temple. The temple (which is a replica of 900 year old temple in Uji Japan near Kyoto) was built in 1968 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the Hawaiian islands (and also constructed without the use of nails).
Hear you will find and 18 foot image of Amida (the Buddha of the Western Paradise), the Bon-Sho (Sacred Bell), the Fishing Hut, a pond filled with Koi (or carp), numerous wildlife (swans, ducks, peacocks) and a peaceful refuge from the noise of Waikiki. There is a $2.00 admission fee to enter the grounds (the Byodo-In Temple not the cemetery).
This national treasure was the official residence of the Hawaiian Kingdom's last two monarchs...King Kalakaua (who built the Palace in 1882) and Queen Lili`uokalani (his sister & successor). During the monarchy period, `Iolani Palace was the center of social and political activity in the Kingdom of Hawai`i. Today, it's a National Historic Landmark in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii.
If you have sometime , spent a day walking around Honolulu and visit Lolani Palace and the palace ground. When we were there , there was a outdoor music performance by a traditional hawaii band and a graceful dancer.
You'll drive trough a cemetry of multiple faiths and relegions towards the Byodo-in temple. A replica of a classical Japanese temple in Kyoto set in a stunning green and lush valley. It is very serene and nice to walk and see the animals in and around the pond.
The koi-carp are by themselves a feature, very colourfull when they all try to get to the food together in a bundle.
Worth the trip and the couple of dollars for entrance.
The only state residence of royalty in the United States; Iolani Palace was the official residence of King Kalakaua and later his succesor and sister Queen Lili' Ulokalani; the last monarchs of Hawaii, before the monarchy was overthrown in 1893.
This temple is a replica of one in Kyoto Japan. The grounds are lovely with peacocks, koi in the pond, a large temple bell, a Buddha, gift shop, and restrooms. It is a really nice stop.
You will have to pay to enter the Memorial Park, but the fee is not much.
The temple was erected in 1919 and is the spiritual centre for the local Mormon community. Non Mormons are generally not allowed inside but are welcome to walk around the grounds.
Open 9am - 8pm with free admission. There are free trams from the Polynesian Cultural Centre to the Temple Visitor Center which run every 20 minutes between 1pm and 7pm.
Iolani Palace was built in 1882 by the last King of Hawaii, King David Kalakaua. The Palace remained a royal residence until Queen Lili'uokalani, the King's sister and successor, was deposed and the Hawaiian monarchy overthrown in January 1893.
It is now entirely renovated, displaying a magnificent interior, and is a museum which continues to be a focal point in efforts to restore Hawaii's sovereignty and independence.
We we directed to a site by one of the locals. The trip to the temple was an adventure in itself, but the views from the cliff and the temple site were worth the back tracking that we had to do because we got lost.
The Byodo-In Temple costs $2/person to get in. It is a serene place. It was shrouded in clouds when we were there; it is very peaceful.