Activity Finds: Windward Oahu

1) 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.


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