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.
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