• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A Look at the Byodo-In Temple

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    Nestled at the base of the Ko’olau Mountains is a structure that is recognizable to countless Hawaiians, as well as many Americans and foreigners who have seen it on television. Situated in beautiful Kaneohe, the Byodo-In Temple is popular among individuals uniting in holy matrimony and those who are commemorating the lives of the deceased. To learn about the inspiration for this temple and the versatile range of functions it serves, continue reading.

    Kyoto to Oahu Established in 1052, the Byodoin Temple in Kyoto, Japan, is a prime example of Jodo architecture. It is a site of pilgrimage for countless Japanese citizens, and its signature hall is recognizable to the masses in part because it appears on the country’s 10 yen coin. The stunning non-denominational Byodo-in Temple was built to resemble this ancient Japanese place of worship.

    Scenic Setting The beautiful natural setting of the Valley of the Temples made it an ideal place to erect a building that has been a symbol of Zen Japanese architecture for nearly a millennium. With lush forests and mountains at its back and koi ponds surrounding the building, the temple’s setting could not be better suited to the promotion of a peaceful and reflective environment.

    Everyone Welcome As a non-denominational Buddhist temple, the Byodo-In does not discriminate against its guests. Visitors of all religions and walks of life are welcome to use the temple for deep reflection and its facilities and grounds for weddings and memorial services.

    Landmark Status Although the Byodo-In Temple was built to emulate the Byodoin Temple, it has a landmark status of its own. The temple has been featured in several television series, including Hawaii Five-O , Lost , and Magnum, P.I.

    With such a rich history, it is no surprise that the Byodo-In Temple is one of the most well-known features of the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. This beautiful memorial park and cemetery, however, has much more to offer. To learn more about the Byodo-In Temple and the other breathtaking features of our cemetery grounds, contact us at (808) 239-8811.

  • How to Make the Cemetery Arrangements for Your Loved One

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    Planning a funeral and memorial service for your loved one involves several important decisions. In addition to finding a funeral service provider who can organize the details of your loved one’s service, you will want to find a cemetery with a serene setting that will serve as your loved one’s final resting place. Choosing a cemetery is the first of several cemetery-related arrangements you must make following your loved one’s passing. Others include:

    Choosing a Site Once you have chosen a cemetery that you would consider ideal for the interment of your loved one’s remains, you will need to work with a cemetery representative to select a specific memorial site. The options to choose from may vary based on whether you are planning for an above-ground entombment or in-ground burial.

    Obtaining a Memorialization From an elaborate custom-made headstone to a simple grave marker, you will have many memorialization options to choose from. For a durable memorial made from high-quality materials, work with an experienced provider of memorial markers.

    Selecting Interment Services The method by which your loved one’s remains will be stored in his or her memorial space may hinge on a number of factors. These include your loved one’s wishes, your family’s history, and any interment regulations in place at the cemetery you choose.

    Arranging Payment If you want to pre-plan your funeral, you may have the opportunity to pay for your cemetery plot in advance. If you are planning the burial of a loved one, you will need to speak with a cemetery representative about your payment options.

    When looking for a peaceful and serene memorial park on Oahu for your loved one’s remains, be sure to pay a visit to Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. With its strikingly accurate replica of the beautiful Japanese Byodo-In Temple and acres of beautiful natural landscape, there may not be a better place to rest in peace. To speak with a caring and knowledgeable member of our staff who can help with all your cemetery arrangements, call (808) 239-8811.

  • Greetings from Valley of the Temples

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    Welcome to the Cast page of Valley of the Temples ! We are so excited to be able to talk directly with our Fans, Followers, and reach out to potential clients from all of our social media outlets including this Cast Page, our Facebook, and our Twitter.

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

    We are located on the Windward side of Oahu, the cemetery is nestled in a cleft of the pali and home to wild peacocks and hundreds of Japanese koi carp swim in our waters. The property is surrounded by a natural amphitheater of mountains which overlook the ocean. The views from Inspiration Chapel are spectacular. The cemetery’s gardens honor many faiths including Christianity and Buddhism. A replica of Japan’s 950-year-old Byodo-In stands in the Temple of Equality. The original, made of wood, stands in Uji, on the outskirts of Kyoto; the Hawaiian version, made of concrete, was erected in 1968 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii.

    The staff members at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park strive to provide the highest level of service to all of our clients and their families in a comfortable and professional environment. For more information about our property and services, please visit our website or give us a call at (808) 239-8811.