Activity Finds: Windward Oahu

Byodo-In Temple

If you're en route to O‘ahu's North Shore take a scenic pause at the Byodo-In Temple in Windward O‘ahu. Secreted away in Kane‘ohe's Valley of the Temples, this gold and lacquer palatial place of worship is set against of a backdrop of immaculate Japanese gardens, Ko‘olau's verdant peaks and glassy koi ponds.

Commissioned as a gift to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the arrival of the Japanese culture in Hawai‘i, the non-denominational temple was completed in 1968. For those who have seen the original, the Byodo-In Temple was designed as a replica of the famous Uji temple - a 900-year-old Buddhist temple in Kyoto.

Seen in scenes from Hawai‘i Five-0 to Lost, many families pay a visit to feed the koi, sparrows and bunnies and to ring the Byodo-In Temple's three-ton brass peace bell, whose gentle peals can often be heard echoing softly throughout Kane‘ohe.


Know Before You Go


Pack your camera to take advantage of the temple's verdant backdrop. Your Facebook friends will be green with envy. 


Don't leave without ringing the temple's three-ton brass peace bell for good luck. 


Here you can feed the wildlife but don't forget the insect repellant so they don't feed on you.

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