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The Byodo-In Temple | Kaneohe, Hawaii

Travels to the Byodo-In Temple in Kaneohe | Oahu, Hawaii

I spent my first full day on Oahu exploring the Kaneohe area. It was a little cloudy, but in Hawaii, no matter what the weather is like, there is beauty all around. The Byodo-In Temple was on my list of places to see! I had heard about it the last time I visited Hawaii but hadn’t had a chance to go. The temple is part of the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park at the foot of the Ko’olau Mountains and was built in the 1960s to commemorate the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii.

As with everything I have seen in Hawaii, I was completely amazed even just driving into the park! The entrance roadway was lined with palm trees and the most amazing view of the Ko’olau Mountains in the background. I actually parked the car, got out and looked straight up in awe for a couple of minutes!

When I made it to the temple, it was quite the sight to see! I felt like I had just walked into Japan. Japanese architecture is so different than anything I have seen here in the states. I have never been to Asia so for me this was a cool little taste of the culture. I first walked around the grounds, which were beautifully maintained with Hibiscus flowers and tropical trees. There was a pond in front and on the side of the temple filled with koi fish, and I mean tons of them! Guests were allowed to feed the fish and when they dropped a piece of food into the water, a million little koi mouths emerged!

There were also many different birds to see while walking around the grounds. I saw several peacocks, black swans and small doves hanging around. People love to feed the birds here. The little doves flock all around expecting the handfuls of food that guests give them. One of the monks at the temple held out his hand filled with bird food and the doves hovered all around him! A few even landed on his arms. It was the coolest thing to see!

I then headed into the temple itself, which was majestic. I removed my shoes and took a step into the quiet sanctuary. The gorgeous, golden Buddha statue towered over me as incense burned, creating an overall peaceful feeling. Guest could come in to pray or just admire the beauty of the temple. I walked around for a few minutes and observed as guests marveled at the statue and lit their own incense to add to what was there.

I spent several hours visiting the Byodo-In Temple and its grounds. I easily could have spent all day there. I left feeling inspired and peaceful after enjoying the beauty and stillness of this place. It is a highly recommended gem to behold when you travel to Hawaii!

Aloha

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

Travel photography of a trip to the Byodu-In Temple in Kaneohe, Hawaii on Oahu by Caroline Martin Photography.

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