The Byodo-In temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on the island of Oahu, is a replica of the Byodo-In located in Uji, Japan. The temple commemorates the 100th anniversary of the arrival of Hawaii’s first Japanese immigrants. It was dedicated in June, 1968.
The Byodo-In has got to be one of Oahu’s best kept secrets; I’ve been going to Oahu for years, and have made the tour rounds, but had never heard of this temple until this visit. I had seen another blog talking about hiking on Oahu and there was a temple that could be seen in the photo. I asked the blogger about the temple, but not much could be told to me. I was then on a quest, and googled temples on Oahu and found the Byodo-In (not the one I had seen in the other blog). Upon arriving on the island, I found that there was a tour of the island that included the Byodo-In. I was on the tour the next day, for a day long photography orgy, the temple being a short 30 minute visit.
I removed my shoes as I entered the temple, walked in and was in awe. Never did I expect something as wonderful as this.
There were only a couple of other people inside the temple, everyone else had rushed through to the gift shop (I know, I found that hard to believe myself).
The grounds of the temple are lovely…I was late getting back to the tour van, but gladly accepted the glares from the other tourists showing their displeasure at my lateness. I couldn’t help myself (and I didn’t do it again the rest of the tour).