The Sunday Traveler ~ Byodo-In Temple, Oahu

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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.

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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.ย  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.

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I removed my shoes as I entered the temple, walked in and was in awe. Never did I expect something as wonderful as this.

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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).

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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).

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About Angeline M

Love to travel, read, garden. I am a nurse case manager working in Disease Management. Photos of locations visited are personal file photos.
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21 Responses to The Sunday Traveler ~ Byodo-In Temple, Oahu

  1. Boots says:

    I am planning to visit the temple in March. I found it in the Insight Guides book. I’ve also been to Oahu many times but not sure how I missed this on those previous visits ๐Ÿ˜‰ Glad to know it’s worth the visit! Thanks for the post!

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  2. Dalo 2013 says:

    Wow, that is a secret, as I never knew Oahu had this treasure…now another reason to head back to Oahu ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. ChgoJohn says:

    What a find, Angeline! The temple and grounds are quite beautiful. Such a serene place and, blissfully, there are few tourists to spoil it. May it remain that way.

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    • Angeline M says:

      I could not believe I had never found this place in years past. A definite “find”. It’s off the beaten tourist track of all that there is in Honolulu, so I hope it does remain unspoiled.

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  4. Wow! Beautiful! I’m happy you were late getting back to the van! ๐Ÿ™‚ This place was begging for your discovery.

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    • Angeline M says:

      Thanks, K! And I absolutely approve of your encouragement in my being the most “aggravating” tourist of the group ๐Ÿ™‚
      I should have just rented a car, but the freeways in Honolulu are awful!

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  5. Colline says:

    What a beautifully serene place to visit. Half an hour is not enough time.

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  6. What an amazing temple! And black swans are gorgeous.

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  7. vastlycurious.com says:

    What a beautiful place surrounded in green and the mountain backdrop ! Thanks for sharing ๐ŸŒท

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  8. Amy says:

    That is a grand temple! The buddha looks majestic. These photos are beautiful, Angeline.

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  9. bulldog says:

    What a magnificent place to visit. …love the photos

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