The chiseled KO‘OLAU MOUNTAINS , covered in a carpet of multitextured green, form a fitting backdrop for VALLEY OF THE TEMPLES MEMORIAL PARK . Located near Kāne‘ohe, the park is dominated by a majestic BYODO-IN TEMPLE , a replica of the magnificent 900-year-old Byodo-In Temple of Equality in Japan.
The O‘ahu replica was built in 1968 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawai‘i. The temple is graced by 2 acres of ponds stocked with several hundred Japanese carp, peacocks, black swans and other wildlife.
An 18-foot meditation Buddha overlooks the quiet scene.