byodo-in, valley of the temples, oahu, hawaii

Allow moi to be your travel muse today. Traveling to Hawaii? Skip the beach for a moment and get a piece of Japan by visiting Byodo-in inside the Valley of the Temples in Kahaluu, Oahu. It was built in the late 1960s to commemorate the centennial anniversary of Hawaii’s first Japanese immigrants. I soooo love visiting this place, it’s very tranquil and I always get that mystical feeling of being transported to a bygone era. 

Aside from being a state landmark, the panoramic view and majestic mountains were featured in movies and television shows (Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Five-0, etc.)

Inside, you will be greeted with its perennial residents, swans, birds, peacocks and koi!

Lookie! even the turtle is in a trance state yoga-style! I was telling hub, I have not seen a turtle extend its hind leg like that, it must be telling me “go exercise earthling”.

The lush landscape, melodic chirping of the birds…. ahhhhh, I could get used to it.

Byodo-in is home to Amida, a unique golden buddha which measures over 9 feet high.

Now as to my well-kept secret if you’re visiting Byodo-in? Cover your arms and legs or you risk mosquito bites, especially if you’re taking photos near the bamboo trees. You guess I came prepared.

’til our next sightin’ and stylin’,


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