The 2,000 foot Koʻolau Mountains towering over the temple, this is one of the most beautiful places I've ever visited and no doubt will continue to visit every time I go home to Oahu. Here, I can hear the birds chirp and the bamboo trees sway and twitch. This is the perfect place to forget all your worries and stress. For me, it's a place I find peace and tranquility; it is worlds away from the busy, touristy Honolulu. Whenever I visit, I refuse to leave.
Byodo-in's Bell house, also called as kanetsu-ki-do, contains a five foot high, three ton brass bell, called bon-sho (sacred bell), cast in Osaka, Japan from a mixture of bronze and tin...A soft wooden log called the "shu-moku" is used to strike the bell. The bell is customarily rung before one enters the temple to spread the eternal teachings of Buddha.
Amida, a golden Buddha unique to the entire world....The Buddha is thought to be the largest figure carved since ancient times. Towering more than 18 feet, the immense figure is an original work of art carved by the famous Japanese sculptor, Masuzo Inui. When the carving was completed, it was covered with cloth and painted with three applications of gold lacquer. Gold leaf was later applied over the lacquer finish. The hall and all the artistry it reflects are regarded as representing the essence of the culture of the Fujiwara aristocracy.
Graceful black swans swimming at the front lake and other wildlife enjoying the peace around the temple, like the turtle looking up at the temple. I'm wondering if the turtle wants to cross the lake and visit the temple too.
The middle building which is the main hall, Hoo-do or the Phoenix Hall, because a pair of the legendary birds of good omen and of Chinese origin is seen perched on both ends of the roof with their wings spread and ready to fly away. the hall containing two wings reflects stability as well as artistic beauty.
This is the stunning view that awaits as you step into the temple grounds.
Frog fountain by the pond.
L-R: Buddha statue, the Koi Pond, view of the temple at the back.
Bamboo autographed by visitors.
A view of the kanetsu-ki-do.
A shot I took as we were leaving.
Fog starting to come down as we were leaving. On the road again for another destination.
If you'd like to learn more about the temple, info is here.
The temple is located at:
47-200 Kahekili Highway
Kaneohe, HI 96744
Kaneohe, HI 96744
- Everything in italics is from the Byodo-in brochure given when I visited the temple.