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Byodo-In Temple

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1968, Robert Katsuyoshi. 47-200 Kahekili Hwy.
  • Byodo-In Temple (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)
  • Byodo-In Temple (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)
  • Byodo-In Temple (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)
  • Byodo-In Temple (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)

Tucked into a verdant valley at the foot of the Koolau Mountains, a reinforced-concrete replica of Japan's nine-hundred-year-old Byodo-In Temple serenely presides over a two-acre reflecting pond and encircling Japanese gardens. Elevated on concrete piers, the main building houses a nine-foot, two-inch gold and lacquered wooden statue of Buddha Amida, the largest wooden Buddha carved in the past nine centuries. The building serves as a columbarium, an integral part of the Valley of the Temples mortuary park. To the right of the complex is a shōji-doored teahouse which operates as a gift shop, and to the left is a three-ton brass bell sheltered in its own pavilion.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Byodo-In Temple", [Kaneohe, Hawaii], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Hawaii

Buildings of Hawaii, Don J. Hibbard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011, 174-174.

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