Valley of the Temples

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About Valley of the Temples

Description


Nestled along the base of windward Oahu’s Ko’olau mountains is the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. Home to temples and shrines of both eastern and western faiths, the park’s most notable memorial is the Buddhist Byodo-In Temple.The famous Byodo-In temple was dedicated in 1968, and remains the most visited memorial in the park due to its koi ponds, peacocks, and Peace Bell.

History


The Valley of the Temples was founded in 1963 by Paul Trousdale to provide a place of peace and serenity for loved ones.Serving the community with a natural and beautiful venue for memorial services, many people enjoy visiting the memorial park when they need a moment for themselves.Many influential members of Hawaii society are memorialized at the Valley of the Temples. Even former Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos has a private mausoleum, but is no longer interred here.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Oahu
  • Duration: Approximately 15 - 20 minutes
  • Amenities: Gift shop, restrooms,
  • Insider Tip: Buy fish food sold inside the temple and lure the fish in to take a picture. And keep an eye out for peacock feathers!
  • Fun Fact: There is a pet memorial near the entrance where an elephant rests in peace.
  • What to Expect: Peaceful scenery, the beautiful Byodo-In temple, exotic wildlife, excellent photo opportunities.
  • Pop Culture: The Valley of the Temples and the Byodo-In temple have been features on hit TV shows like Lost, Hawaii Five-0, and also Magnum P.I.