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

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.

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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.


An Inside Look at Multicultural Burial Traditions in the Philippines

More than a hundred million people call the vast island nation of the Philippines home. The country’s burial traditions are influenced by the religions, cultures, and histories of its diverse inhabitants’ forebears. To learn more about the fascinating and varied funeral traditions, watch this short video.

Produced by the University of San Carlos’ Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and History, this video clip features a manabtan, or reciter of prayers for the dead, who has more than 60 years of experience. She answers a range of questions pertaining to Filipino funeral customs.

If you are looking to expand your knowledge of multicultural funeral practices or commemorate a loved one with a beautiful cemetery site, you should explore what Valley of the Temples in Oahu has to offer. To speak with a caring and knowledgeable member of our staff about our services, call (808) 239-8811.

How Planning Ahead Can Reduce Stress for You and Your Loved Ones

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The days and weeks following the death of a loved one can be an emotionally draining time for friends and family. While reeling from their loss, the survivors must also contend with the details of planning a funeral and burial. To lessen the stress that may develop from deciding these details, consider funeral pre-planning. Making your funeral and cemetery arrangements now can prove beneficial in several ways. For one, it can give you peace of mind that your end-of-life preferences are carried out as you wish. Second, funeral pre-planning takes the burden off the shoulders of your friends and family. By making clear your desired funeral and cemetery arrangements, you can greatly reduce the anxiety that your loved ones may already be facing during this trying time.

Valley of the Temples provides a wide variety of end-of-life accommodations for residents of Oahu and beyond. Our beautiful memorial park offers in-ground burial, aboveground entombment, and cremation memorialization options. Call (808) 239-8811 or visit our website for more information.


Considerations to Make When Facing End of Life and Funeral Planning

Organizing your cemetery arrangements now can save emotional strain for your loved ones in the future. This video describes the factors you should consider when creating your own end-of-life plan.

Your final resting place is a major consideration to discuss with your family. Knowing if you want an in-ground burial, cremation memorialization, or mausoleum can greatly alleviate the confusion that your loved ones may face if left to choose for you. You may also want to inform your family of your funeral preferences, which may include an open casket, closed casket, or urn display.

Valley of the Temples in Oahu can help you decide your ideal cemetery arrangements. For more information on our memorial park options, call (808) 239-8811.

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Hours of Operation

  • 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Sunday
  • 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday
  • 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Tuesday
  • 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Wednesday
  • 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Thursday
  • 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Friday
  • 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Saturday