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Byodo-In temple, a glorious replica of the same-named 950 year old Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan, is a serene place. The stunning Koolau mountains that back it add to its majesty. The large jade-green pond that fronts it adds a glassy mirror to the foreground of the blissful view.
The temple was built in the 1960s, the 100th anniversary of the arrival of immigrant sugar-cane workers from Japan to Hawaii. If you haven't learned much about this, watch the movie "Picture Bride," a fascinating film that reveals what life was like for these workers.
Come in the morning when the mountains are lit by the sun and their ridges are highlighted. Ring the warm-toned bell as you enter. You will feel like you are in Japan.
This is the location of scenes from the TV show "Lost" during episodes that flash back to Sun's life. It is the Korean home of her powerful father, for whom her husband Jin does dubious work.
Other sites featured in "Lost" are: Spitting Cave, Kualoa Ranch, and Waimea Falls Park.
Byodo-In Temple is located in the back of the Valley of the Temples. Take the Kahekili Hwy (Hwy 83) through Kaneohe. North of Kaneohe you will find the Valley of the Temples.
$2 cost to enter the Valley of the Temples.
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Overall Visitor Rating:
|My parents worked here for a year or so. It\'s a gorgeous place. I miss it very much.|
|more than I ever dreamed of|