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Must See Sites of Hawaii: Byodo-In Temple

Let’s face it, the reality of vacationing in a new place is that you are most likely not going to get to see everything that you want to. Unless you spend a really long time in your destination, there just isn’t the necessary time to visit the sites and take the time needed to actually experience all they have to offer. And when you visit a place like Hawaii, there are really too many places to see. This is one of the many reasons that visitors end up making multiple return trips; they haven’t experienced everything yet, and have more items on their list of things to do and see.

Of all of the must see sites of Hawaii, you can start to narrow it down by the places that interest you the most, and offer what is important to you. Whether that is a beach, historic site, film location, or just a beautiful place, you’ll be able to prioritize your list, and hit the must see sites for you!

On Oahu, one of the island’s most treasured sites is the Byodo-In Temple. Now, this is not a place that you are going to spend all day, and a stop here is typically only 30 minutes to an hour, but you can easily stop here while visiting Windward Oahu, or driving around the island, and get a great experience at a really cool place to visit.

The temple is a replica of the Byodo-In Temple in Japan, and stands as a non-denominational temple in Kaneohe’s Valley of the Temples. The original temple was built in 998, and the version on Oahu was completed in 1968. The valley is a peaceful retreat, filled with peacocks, koi ponds, and is tucked into the Ko’olau Mountain Range. The serenity of the area is incredible, and ringing the giant bell helps to bring a calming inner peace. You may recognize the temple for its use in Hawaii 5-0, LOST, and Pearl Harbor. Inside, you’ll want to pay a visit to the 18 foot statue of Lotus Buddha.

It is sites like the Byodo-In Temple that make Hawaii a remarkable place. The culture throughout the islands is so unique, and finding a place like the temple anywhere else is rare. Take a few minutes to walk the grounds of Byodo-In and appreciate the surroundings and the peaceful environment of the Valley of the Temples during your trek around Oahu.

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