Founded in 1963, Valley of the Temples Memorial Park has served the community by providing a place of peace and serenity for loved ones.

A Guide to Proper Funeral Etiquette

Funerals are an opportunity for friends and family to cherish the memory of their loved one and mourn. For this reason it is important to make sure that you understand proper etiquette as a funeral guest.

In this video you will learn proper funeral etiquette. The main rule when attending a funeral is to be respectful. Being respectful will help maintain the ambience of the funeral and ensure that the friends and family of the deceased can mourn in peace. Even simple measures such as wearing the appropriate attire can show how much you care.

If you want to learn more about proper funeral etiquette, watch this video. For more information about laying your loved one to rest in a cemetery, call Valley of the Temples at (808) 239-8811.

A Brief Overview of Cremation Memorialization

Grief - Funeral and cemetery

 Practiced in East Asia for millennia, cremation has only recently grown popular in America. Today, it is the preferred by one in every three Americans. In Hawaii, nearly two-thirds of the population chooses cremation over burial. While the basics of the cremation process are widely known, fewer people are aware of the cremation memorialization options available to them. In additional to the traditional urn, individuals and families who plan their funerals with Valley of the Temples on Oahu have the following cremation memorialization options:

Byodo-In Temple Niche

As a site of reflection and spiritual healing, the Byodo-In Temple is an appropriate place for the interment of cremated remains. Holding up to six urns each, the glass-front niches housed in this Buddhist temple are a popular option for families.

Haka House Family Monument

Another option for families who wish to rest in peace together is a Haka House monument. Fully customizable, these stone monuments sit on prime real estate and boast commanding views of the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park.

Truesdale Memorial Mausoleum Niche

Truesdale Memorial Chapel is a very scenic final resting place. In addition to the entirety of the park, niches in the chapel’s mausoleum gaze out on the Koolau Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. When your loved ones come to honor your memory, they will have the perfect atmosphere for prayer and reflection.

Portable and Home Memorialization Options

When a person is cremated, she has the option of interring her remains at the memorial park. Alternatively, she can choose to have her ashes scattered, stored in a decorative urn, or divided among several jewelry pendants.

Today, more people are considering cremation as a viable alternative to burial. If you would like to learn more, call Valley of the Temples at (808) 239-8811 to speak with a knowledgeable funeral pre-planning specialist about your cremation memorialization options. For pre-planners who would prefer to be buried, we also offer picturesque burial sites.

Filipino Funeral Traditions

A sprawling archipelago of more than 7,100 islands, the Philippines is a diverse country with traditions that have been shaped and influenced by both indigenous customs and experiences with colonialism. Covering each and every funeral tradition practiced in the Philippines could fill several volumes; here instead are a few of the county’s best-known funeral-related traditions:

Balinese offering

Bilaan Tree Bark Shroud

Occupying a swath of islands in the Philippines’ southern Mindanao region, the Bilaan people have a truly unique funeral ritual. They wrap the deceased in tree bark before raising him or her to the level of the forest’s canopy.

The Filipino Vigil

There are a number of region-specific funeral traditions akin to those held by the Bilaan in Mindanao. One funeral tradition that is observed by the majority of the population is the paglalamay, or vigil. This vigil can last upwards of a week, and is characterized by the extended exhibition of the casket and the playing of games and music.

All Souls Day Commemoration

Christian Filipinos observe All Souls Day, which has been designated a national holiday by the government. Every year, people clean, decorate, and congregate around the grave sites of lost loved ones. Flowers, candles, and food are all commonplace at All Souls Day gatherings.

Rituals of Mourning

The Philippines also has a host of mourning rituals, most of which are still observed by a portion of the population. These include no bathing or sweeping during the morning period, and nine consecutive nights of communal prayer for the deceased.

Honolulu and Manila are sister cities, but the bond between Hawaii and the Philippines is more than diplomatic. Their placement on the same trans-Pacific trade route facilitated cultural and demographic exchange before Hawaii became a U.S. state and the Philippines an independent nation. If you are looking to lay a loved one to rest in an Oahu memorial park where funeral and burial traditions from the Philippines are honored and respected, call Valley of the Temples at (808) 239-8811.

Bon-Sho: The Sacred Bell

The Byodo-In Temple at Oahu’s Valley of the Temples is the memorial park’s most recognizable feature. It is also a place where reflection merges with peace, and experts in various fields lead workshops in everything from Okada therapy to water color painting. In addition to workshops, the Byodo-In Temple is the site of Buddhist prayer services.

Before prayer services begin, visitors to the Byodo-In Temple typically hear the tolling of the temple’s sacred bell. This bell, called a bon-sho in Japanese, is the replica of a 900-year-old bronze-and-tin bell at the Byodo-In Temple in Uji, which likely originates from India. The tone the bell makes is said to purify the mind.

Our Property

If you are interested in hearing the sacred bell and experiencing one of the Byodo-In’s regular Buddhist prayer services, take a brief look at our online schedule of events. To speak with a caring and helpful cemetery representative about burial sites, cremation memorialization, or funeral pre-planning, call Valley of the Temples in Oahu at (808) 239-8811.

Creating Tributes After Cremation [INFOGRAPHIC]

Choosing cremation doesn’t limit the options you have to create a lasting and loving tribute to a lost friend or family member. You can opt to hold a traditional viewing and funeral, plan a secular memorial service, or simply make plans for inurnment. After cremation, you can choose from options such as a traditional stone memorial or scattering of the ashes as a final tribute. Ceremonies can be personalized in a number of ways, from the inclusion of a butterfly release ceremony to the addition of special music and readings. Valley of the Temples, a cemetery in Oahu, offers this infographic to assist with cremation funeral planning. You can use this information for funeral pre-planning or share it to help others make decisions about the right arrangements.


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