Hidden away in the Ko'olau Mountains is a special retreat - the Byodo In Temple. From its website at this link,
The Byodo-In Temple is located in Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. It was established on June 7, 1968, to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii. The Byodo-In Temple in O'ahu is a smaller-scale replica of the over 950-year-old Byodo-in Temple, a United Nations World Heritage Site in Uji, Japan.
|A pint size Buddha greeted us.|
|Barbara rings the bell for good luck.|
|Every angle is perfect.|
|Every detail is considered.|
|The big Buddha takes center stage.|
|We purchased several prints from Daniel Wang, |
Hawaii's premier artist ... who happens to be deaf!
Check out his profile at this link. He taught us how to say "Aloha" in sign language ... which looks like the "shaka" (commonly associated with surfers).
|Barbara feeds the koi.|
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