Do the principles of feng shui play as much of a role in death as they
do in life? According to those who practice the ancient art – they
do. Construction is now complete at Ocean View Terrace (OVT), a first-of-its-kind
cemetery development at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park (VOT) in Kaneohe.
The 10 acre site – which features beautiful gardens, a cascading
waterfall meandering through the property and panoramic views of the Ko’olau
Mountains and Pacific Ocean – provides the ideal location to incorporate
the art of feng shui, according to feng shui master, Clarence Lau. VOT
commissioned Lau to integrate prosperity, harmony and well-being into
the design of Ocean View Terrace. The development, which broke ground
in summer 2013 and officially opens next month, is among the most ideal
memorial parks in the world due to its mountaintop location and ocean views.
A 23-year veteran in the Chinese philosophy that governs spatial arrangement
and orientation to promote health, prosperity and harmony, Lau believes
VOT’s natural landscape encourages optimal feng shui. He advises
the team responsible for ensuring the park’s monuments take full
advantage of the topography in order to maximize the space as it pertains
to feng shui.
“Though feng shui plays a significant role in all stages of life,
the final resting place of a person’s spirit is actually more important
than that of the home or office,” said Lau. “The place where
one spends eternity will not only have an impact on the well being of
immediate family members, but it will also affect the growth and prosperity
of the next two generations.”
Lau advised Valley of the Temples on carefully designing the Ocean View
Terrace property to optimize the balance and flow of good energy, ensuring
an atmosphere of peace for the resting of departed loved ones. Optimal
feng shui was achieved by positioning the direction to which Ocean View
Terrace faced, according to Lau.
“Given the significance feng shui plays in the lives of many people
in Hawaii, we enlisted Clarence to ensure the new Ocean View Terrace is
in harmony with the principles by which many in the islands live,”
said David Montgomery, vice president of cemetery development and memorialization.
“Clarence’s attention to detail is not only impeccable, but
the work he does conforms to the beliefs of our customers. Furthermore,
to our knowledge, VOT is the only memorial park in the Hawaiian Islands
to offer a complimentary feng shui consultation with the purchase of property
here. This is a key differentiator that we’re really proud of.”
ABOUT FENG SHUI MASTER, CLARENCE LAU
Although burial sites were among the first locations to utilize feng shui
principles thousands of years ago, VOT is the first memorial park for
which Lau has provided consultation services. He first learned his craft
in Hong Kong in the early 1980s before moving to San Francisco a decade
later, offering feng shui expertise to customers eager to bring peace
and happiness to their homes and businesses. In 1995, Lau moved to Honolulu,
where he has incorporated feng shui into many people’s lives for
nearly two decades. Among his most rewarding projects is Washington Place,
the site of Queen Liliuokalani’s arrest during the overthrow of
the Hawaiian Kingdom. Lau now travels between Los Angeles, San Diego and
Hawaii as a full-time consultant.
While feng shui is not new to the Chinese community – a large portion
of Lau’s clientele – many Westerners are still not aware of
the many benefits associated with it. Helping families live better, more
prosperous lives is one of the most rewarding parts of his job, and his
passion for helping people motivates him and makes him successful.
“I’m proud to say that the people I’ve had the chance
to work with over the past 23 years have all been positively impacted
by feng shui, so my business continues to grow,” said Lau. “As
a result, I’ve been fortunate enough to maintain a steady flow of
business referrals. I’m truly honored by the confidence placed in
me and look forward to continuing these efforts on behalf of developments
like Ocean View Terrace.”
ABOUT FENG SHUI
Feng (wind) shui (water) is based on the Taoist vision and understanding
of nature. In general, the belief focuses on the idea that the land is
alive and filled with Chi (energy). Developed more than 3,000 years ago
in China, this ancient art and science is a complex body of knowledge
that shows how to balance the energies of any given space to assure health
and good fortune for people inhabiting it.
In Chinese culture, the combined elements of wind and water are associated
with good health. Therefore, good feng shui translates to good fortune,
while bad feng shui means bad luck, or misfortune.
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ABOUT VALLEY OF THE TEMPLES
Valley of the Temples Memorial Park provides end-of-life services to families
from diverse religious, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Established in
1963, Valley of the Temples Memorial Park is located on the Windward side
of Oahu and is surrounded by mountains and lush, rolling green hills which
overlook the Pacific Ocean. Valley of the Temples Memorial Park is part
of a family of cemeteries, funeral homes and crematories with locations
throughout the U.S. For more information, visit
www.valley-of-the-temples.com or call (801) 239-8811.