Byodo-In Temple State Landmark


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The Byodo-In Temple is at the foot of the Ko’olau Mountains in Valley of the Temples Memorial Park on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.

It is a replica of the 950-year-old Byodo-in Temple in Uji, Japan. At 11,000 square feet, it is big, but half the size of the original.

It  was built in 1968 to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii.

The Temple is a non-practicing Buddhist temple…it doesn’t house monks or host a congregation. All faiths are welcome here.


The main structure is Phoenix Hall…there is a Phoenix carving on the roof. Inside is an 18 foot statue of the Lotus Buddha. You must remove your shoes to go inside.

Outside is a three-ton, brass peace bell which we were encouraged to ring, releasing our negativity.

We bought some food from the gift shop to feel the koi and black swans in the large koi ponds that surround the temple.


Oahu Posts:

  • Kahanamoku Beach
  • Fort DeRussy Beach Park
  • Green World Coffee Farm
  • The Dole Plantation
  • Anahulu River
  • Waimea Falls
  • Hau’ula Beach Park
  • Tropical Macadamia Farm
  • Byodo-In Temple
  • Polynesian Cultural Center (coming soon)
  • Aloha Tower (coming soon)
  • Diamond Head (coming soon)
  • Iolani Palace (coming soon)
  • King Kamehameha Statue (coming soon)
  • Aliʻiōlani Hale (coming soon)
  • Pearl Harbor (coming soon)


Location: 47-200 Kahekili Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744

Designation: State Landmark

Date established/designated: June 7, 1968

Date of my visit: April 11, 2019