The Byodo-In Temple is a non-practicing Buddhist temple and is a smaller replica of the 950-year-old temple in Japan of the same name. It was built in 1968 to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Japanese immigrants first arriving in Hawaii. Located at the foothills of the Ko'olau Mountains, the stunning temple is surrounded by a tropical paradise. After heavy rains, which can be common in Kane'ohe, the curtain-like mountains have cascading waterfalls just above the temple.
Inside of the temple is a 9-foot-tall Amida Buddha statue covered in a gold lacquer. In front of the temple is a large koi (carp) pond surrounded by peacock-laden lawns, and swans and turtles lumber around with the visitors. The Bon-Sho, a 3-ton and 5-foot-high sacred bell, is ready to be rung by the log that is suspended to strike the brass behemoth, sending good fortune echoing through the valley.
The Valley of the Temples in which the Byodo-In resides is a cemetery, memorial, and a sacred area covered in lush jungle with steep cliffs overhead. Commonly used for weddings and receptions, it is one of the more popular sites on the windward side of O'ahu. This is a great family destination, and it is beautiful in all weather.