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An ethereal Japanese temple, immaculate zen landscaping, a palm-lined drive, memorial gazebos overlooking the Pacific and a Koolau mountain backdrop conspire to create one of Oahu’s most peaceful settings. The valley is a memorial park and the final resting place for thousands of Shinto, Buddhist and Christian Hawaii residents, including early Honolulu developer Walter Francis Dillingham (1875-1963) and Zhang Xueliang, a warlord and northern China Army General who died in 2001 at age 100. Visitors explore the grounds, especially to see the bright red Byodo-In temple that looks like it was dropped in front of its reflecting pond via some portal to ancient Japan.

The temple was built in 1968 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first wave of Japanese immigrants in Hawaii and is a replica of the nearly 1,000-year-old Byodo-In temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Uji, Japan. Here, incense wafts from the main temple building and peacocks strut in front of the waterfalls that trickle into koi-filled ponds. When visitors ring the temple’s giant brass peace bell, the sound resonates along mountain walls. In summer and fall, the park hosts annual Japanese Obon dance festivals honoring ancestors here.

Also within the Valley are a triangular-shaped Christian church with floor-to-ceiling windows facing the green mountain face, statues of the Virgin Mary and unique memorial displays including markers shaped like aloha shirts—the Valley is a multi-denominational place of rest for both the living and the dead.

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47-200 Kahekili Hwy, Kaneohe, Hawaii, 96744
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Best Of Oahu: Grand Circle Island Small Group Tour From Waikiki

Best Of Oahu: Grand Circle Island Small Group Tour From Waikiki

Our small group tours with 12 guests or fewer in our fleet of Mercedes Sprinters provides our guests with unparalleled personal attention. It startʻs with a morning pickup at your hotel or resort in Waikiki and off to all the stops we list but your guide will have more options in store for you. Throughout the day, your local expert guide has stories, facts, restaurant information, tips and stops that will make your trip to Hawaii even better. Schedule your Grand Circle Island Tour of Oahu early in your trip so you can use all that info! Our guides will learn about their guests and work to provide customized stops, throughout the day, possibly including extras like a malasada stop, changing lunch locations so you can enjoy some shrimp, making time to see some turtles, seeing an ancient heiau, or maybe even taking a quick dip in the ocean. We encourage our guests to bring their reusable bottles and we make sure you are topped off with great clean water throughout the day.
  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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What are Valley of the Temples hours of operation?
Valley of the Temples hours of operation: Open from 6 a.m. til dusk daily and the Byodo-In temple keeps regular business hours (9 a.m. til 5 p.m.). Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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