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 the Upcoming Events at the Byodo-In Temple

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The Byodoin Temple in Kyoto, Japan, has a rich cultural and religious history that spans the length of a millennium. The architectural splendor of the temple and its surroundings inspired the construction of a replica on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, completed in 1968. The Hawaiian replica sits on the grounds of Valley of the Temples Memorial Park and has become a noteworthy site in its own right. Many public events are held at the Oahu Byodo-In Temple, and upcoming events include:

Buddhist Prayer Services Buddhist prayer is characterized by well-meaning mantras, which can be recited multiple times in the hope that someone, something, or the world will benefit. At Byodo-In, Bishop Hosen Fukuhara leads a Buddhist prayer service almost every morning at 8:45.

Book Signings with General Jerome Hagen In addition to being a Legion of Merit recipient and former Director of Public Affairs for the Marine Corps, Brigadier General Jerome T. Hagen is the author of the critically acclaimed historiography War in the Pacific. He is available to sign books and greet readers nearly every Wednesday at 11:00 AM.

Green Synergy Workshops Discover the artistic world of green synergy during the course of a four-to-six hour workshop, led by Justin Bell, Tiare Piris, or both. Upcoming workshop dates include February 18th, 19th, 25th, and 26th. The duo will be back again in the summer to lead more workshops, starting on Sunday, June 24th.

Okada Therapy Sessions Mokichi Okada, a famous Japanese healer, developed organic and highly effective methods of curing an array of human illnesses without pain and without medication. Once a month, you can learn about Okada Therapy at the Byodo-In Temple. The next event will be held on Saturday, March 9th at noon.

In addition to the events described above, Oahu’s Byodo-In Temple is the site of regular lei and jewelry making workshops, tea ceremonies, and art demonstrations. To learn more about a specific event or to enquire about the cemetery arrangements provided by the compassionate and culturally diverse staff at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, call (808) 239-8811.

Learn What To Expect From The Funeral Process With These Resources

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You can find more information about cremation, memorialization, and the famous Byodo-In Temple and its many applications by visiting the links below.

Contact Valley of the Temples Memorial Park today by calling (808) 239-8811.

The Byodo-In Temple at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park

There are, in this world, such magnificent locations that words can not describe. Even photographs can fall short of doing justice to the sheer magnificence of some places. The Byodo-In Temple at Valley of the Temples in Oahu is one of those locations.

Watch this video to get an idea of the peace, tranquility, and pure beauty of this scaled replica of the Byodoin Temple in Japan. You’ll even learn a few fun facts—for example, the entire temple was built without the use of nails. Watch the clip to learn more.

To find out more, or to arrange to experience the Byodo-In Temple for yourself, contact Valley of the Temples Memorial Park in Oahu. Visit our website or give us a call at (808) 239-8811 to learn more about the temple, as well as for information about our funeral arrangement services.

Reasons Why You Should Consider Having Your Wedding at the Byodo-In Temple

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As a small but scaled replica of the Byodoin Temple of Japan, the Byodo-In Temple in Valley of the Temples Memorial Park is breathtaking. When you add in the exotic, tropical, and diverse seven-acre landscape tucked under the picturesque Ko'olau Mountains of Hawaii, it’s difficult to imagine a more appropriate or romantic location for the exchange of your wedding vows. Here are a few reasons why you may want to contact our event coordinator for your wedding:

Experience an opulent wedding at an affordable rate.

Our wedding rates for the Byodo-In Temple are far more reasonable and affordable than what you would expect from a facility of this beauty and significance. Wedding fees cover up to two hours for your ceremony and photography session. Do note, however, that you should bring your own photographer, as we do not keep one on staff.

Begin your marriage in an environment of peace and tranquility.

Wedding planning can be stressful as everyone rushes around trying to ensure the perfection of each detail. At Byodo-In Temple, nature provides the ideal backdrop while the temple itself is beautiful enough for a wedding with minimal decoration. This environment and reduction of stressful planning allows you to enter your marriage relaxed and focused on your life together.

Capture the essence of a tropical paradise.

Byodo-In Temple’s location in Oahu provides the exotic wonder that only a tropical location can offer. With beautiful peacocks, lush plant life, reflecting ponds, and waterfalls, your wedding can be everything you could have ever dreamed it to be and more. That’s not something that you’ll find at your everyday wedding venue in the city!

For more information about weddings or other events at Byodo-In Temple, contact Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. Remember that we also provide peaceful cemetery arrangements for your loved ones who have passed on. Our park truly is an ideal place to celebrate and commemorate all of life’s most important experiences. Call (808) 239-8811 or visit our website for more information.

What Is Cremation?

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Whether you have chosen to complete funeral pre-planning for your own final arrangements or find yourself planning the final ceremonies for a loved one, one of the biggest decisions you’ll make is between traditional burial and cremation. The choice is, of course, entirely personal and may be influenced by a number of factors. In order to make an informed decision, it’s helpful to thoroughly understand what cremation is.

Cremation is a method of disposition that uses fire to reduce a loved one’s physical remains to ash. Intense heat must be used in this process, and a cremation chamber will only hold the remains of one person at a time. The heat and flame leave bone fragments that must be further processed before they become cremains.

Reputable crematoriums carry out the cremation process with the utmost respect for the deceased. When the remains are ready, there will be a question of how you would like to memorialize them. Some people prefer to make cemetery arrangements so that there is a final resting place to visit. Other people find that scattering the ashes in a meaningful place brings a sense of peace and closure.

Cremation memorials can be made in a variety of forms. For example, many people find the idea of having jewelry with a small bit of the ashes contained inside to be a comforting way to keep the loved one physically close. Some families like to keep the remains in an urn or container in the home. What is important to note, however, is that you do not have to forfeit your preference of funeral or memorial services if you make the choice to cremate. Indeed, cremation may offer you more options for memorial arrangements than traditional burials.

Valley of the Temples Memorial Park is a beautiful, peaceful final resting place for your loved ones. Please call (808) 239-8811 to learn more about our cemetery arrangements, funeral pre-planning, and cremation memorialization options.

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