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Byodo-In Temple

This windward-side temple is a replica of the 900 year old Byodoin temple of Kyoto, Japan. It is located at the back of the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park.

The entrance at left, along Kahekili Hwy.


The Byodo-In temple is located in Kahalu'u on the windward side of the island, near Kane'ohe. Inside the temple is Amida, at over 18 feet the largest wooden Buddha carved in nearly a thousand years and after carving was covered with cloth, painted with gold lacquer, and finished with gold leaf. The temple also features a three ton brass Peace Bell, and a koi pond. The buddha is

47-200 Kahekili Highway

8:30-4:30pm daily, Admission $3

Notes: The temple was built entirely without nails, reflecting the architecture of the Fujiwara dynasty in Japan. The name Byodo-In roughly translates to Temple of Equality. The bell (bon-sho) was cast in Osaka of bronze and tin, and was based on the bell in the bellhouse of the original Byodoin Temple. The temple is a quiet religious temple, so respectfulness is encouraged, and you will be asked to remove your shoes before entering the temple.






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The entrance bridge to the temple.

A family of wild peacocks. The main temple is visible in the background.
A view from the main temple.
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