Valley of the Temples - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Panorama taken from Valley of the Temples park on Oahu.
Valley of the Temples - FURTHER INFORMATION
Valley of the Temples - Oahu visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Valley of the Temples' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Hawaii.
The park contains the famous Byodo-In Temple, built in the 1960's to commemorate the arrival of the first Japanese to the sugar plantations of Hawaii. It is a replica of the 900 year old Buddhist temple in Uji, on the outskirts of Kyoto in Japan. The Byodo-In Temple contains a 9 ft Buddha sitting on a gold leaf lotus. It is also known as the 'Phoenix Temple' due to two metal phoenixes along the top ends of the main temple building. Beside the temple is a 5-foot, three-ton brass Peace Bell. The Byodo-In Temple is now a major tourist attraction in Hawaii, and it's popularity has increased since it was used as a filming location during the making of 'Lost'.
The rest of Valley of the Temples Memorial Park is a cemetery, with thousands of of people from all faiths buried here. Throughout the grounds are numerous chapels and temples around which the various faithful are interred. Here you will find Roman Catholic statues depicting Jesus' suffering and crypts and mausoleums of some of the most influential people in Hawai'i.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Car: From Downtown Honolulu and Waikiki (16 miles) take H-1 West and then take the 63 (Likelike) Hwy north. After the Wilson Tunnel exit onto the 83 (Kahekili) Hwy and then take a left into the Valley of the Temples. Byodo-In Temple is located at the back of the valley.
Bus: Hui Iwa ST + Kahekili Hwy (65 from Honolulu Ala Moana Center, 86A, 88)