• The Byodo-In Temple’s Sacred Bell

    Byodo-In Temple Oahu The Byodo-In Temple at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park is a replica of the ancient Byodo-In Temple in Uji, Japan, which is more than 950 years old and is a World Heritage Site of the United Nations.

    At the memorial park’s Byodo-In Temple, its Bell House contains a 3-ton, 5-foot high, brass bell called the bon-sho , meaning sacred bell. The bell was cast in Osaka, Japan and is similar to the bell hanging at the original Byodo-In Temple in Uji. The bell is known for its unique shape and the feelings of deep calm that it can evoke in those who hear it ring. Customarily, the bon-sho is rung just before a person enters the temple to spread Buddha’s teachings to help purify the mind and bring happiness and blessings.

    If you’d like to learn more about Valley of the Temples Memorial Park’s Byodo-In Temple near Oahu, HI, then please contact us today by calling (808) 239-8811.

  • A Look at the History of Cremation

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    Cremation services are a popular choice among those planning or pre-planning a funeral, and experts believe that this practice has been in use for thousands of years. Continue reading to learn about the history of cremation.

    3000 B.C.
    Many of today’s scholars estimate that people have been performing cremation since the early Stone Age. At this time, around 3000 B.C., it’s believed that cremation was practiced primarily in Europe and the Near East. Also, there is evidence in the form of decorative pottery urns which indicate that this funeral practice spread across northern Europe during the late Stone Age.

    2500 B.C.
    Cremation spread to the British Isles and what are now Portugal and Spain during the Bronze Age, between 2500 and 1000 B.C. Additionally, cemeteries for cremation burials were developed in Ireland, Hungary, northern Italy, and northern Europe.

    1000 B.C.
    During the Mycenaean Age, Grecian burial customs began to include cremation, and it’s guessed that early Romans followed this trend around 600 B.C. By the height of the Roman Empire, which was from 27 B.C. to 395 A.D., cremation was a standard practice that often involved the storage of elaborate urns within structures, much like modern day columbaria.

    1873 A.D.
    In 1873, an Italian professor presented a dependable chamber for cremation at the 1973 Vienna Exposition. This development led to what we know as cremation today. After this, the popularity of cremation grew in both Europe and North America.

    1999 A.D.
    Nearly 600,000 cremations were performed in 1999, which accounted for more than a quarter of the deaths in the U.S. By this time, there were more than 1,400 crematories and, a decade later, this number had risen to more than 2,000. In 2009, more than a third of all deaths in the United States were followed by cremation.

    At our peaceful and full-service funeral home, we offer cremation near Oahu, HI. To learn more, please call Valley of the Temples Memorial Park at (808) 239-8811.

  • What Not to Do During a Funeral Service

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    Have you been invited to attend a funeral ceremony and have concerns about displaying proper etiquette? If so, then you’re like many other individuals who want to avoid doing anything disrespectful during this type of event. The following are several things that you shouldn’t do when attending a funeral service.

    Leave Your Phone On
    To show your respect during a funeral service, it’s essential that, at the least, you silence your phone, and it’s ideal to turn off your mobile devices completely. This advice cannot be stressed enough, and you do not want to be the person whose phone rings in the middle of the eulogy.

    Arrive Late to the Service
    Although arriving late to a funeral is better than not attending at all, it is more respectful to be there on time. Aim to arrive about 10 minutes early.

    Attend the Funeral Underdressed
    While many experts agree that it’s no longer essential to come to a funeral service in all black, it’s ideal that you arrive wearing respectful attire. Refer to the funeral invitation to see if it includes any notes regarding dress. If there are not, then opt for closed-toe shoes and clothing that isn’t too gaudy or revealing. Slacks and a button-down shirt work well for men, and women often choose to wear conservative dresses in subdued colors.

    Leave Children at Home
    It’s common for parents to hesitate to bring children to a funeral. While babies and very young children should be left with a sitter, allowing older kids to attend this type of ceremony can make them feel involved, help them understand death, and assist them with finding closure. If you’re undecided, then have a conversation with your children and let them tell you if they would like to attend.

    Are you in need of funeral services following the passing of a loved one? If so, then please contact Valley of the Temples Memorial Park at (808) 239-8811 to learn how our experienced and compassionate staff can assist you with planning a funeral near Oahu, HI.

  • Does Your Child Need Help Managing His or Her Grief

    The loss of a loved one can be profoundly overwhelming to children. They experience adult loss and emotions, but they lack the tools to deal with the feelings. As with adults, grieving for children does not end when the funeral service does, and also like adults, they sometimes need help coping with their grief.

    You can begin to support your child in his or her journey with grieving by being open and honest. Euphemisms, hushed conversations, and half-truths only make children feel more vulnerable. Be mindful of signs that your child could be struggling to process his or her grief. Declining grades, isolation, sleep problems, and new provocative or dangerous behavior could all indicate that your child may benefit from professional grief support.

    Valley of the Temples Memorial Park is pleased to offer grief support in Oahu, HI, to help families find the healthiest ways to mourn. If you or your child needs to connect with grief support services, please call our funeral home at (808) 239-8811.

  • What You Should Know When Planning a Funeral

    Memorial Park Oahu When it comes to arranging funeral services for a deceased loved one, the number of decisions that need to be made as you grieve the loss can feel overwhelming. If you’re planning a funeral, then continue reading to learn some things you should know that can make this process easier on you and your family.

    Your Options
    If asked what they would have done differently after arranging funeral services for a family member that had passed on, many people say that they wish they had made more informed choices. When you’re grieving and planning a funeral for the first time, it can be tempting to make quick or emotional decisions. However, taking the time to become informed about your options can help prevent you from making choices that you later regret.

    Religious and Cultural Considerations
    When planning a funeral for another person, factoring in the individual’s culture and religion is an important part of the process. If you have selected a funeral home to work with, then ask what resources they offer regarding funeral traditions for different religions and cultures. Also, consider reaching out to a cultural or religious leader in your community who can provide you with advice on planning a respectful and traditional service for your deceased loved one.

    Personal Wishes
    If your deceased loved one left information regarding his or her wishes about final disposition, then this can be an invaluable resource during the funeral planning process. Knowing and considering the deceased’s preferences regarding burial or cremation, funeral and ceremony type, and cemetery and burial location will remove much of the decision-making responsibilities from your shoulders. Adhering to the deceased’s personal wishes regarding his or her final disposition can also provide you with peace of mind.

    Are you in the process of planning a funeral near Oahu, HI? If so, then consider working with the experienced and compassionate staff at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. For information about our services, please call (808) 239-8811.

  • Understanding Military Funeral Traditions

    Are you planning a funeral for a veteran? If so, then you probably have questions about military funerals. Watch this video to learn about military funeral traditions.

    The American military funeral incorporates traditions and symbolism that show appreciation for a life that was lived or even given in service to the country. With the blue field positioned over the left shoulder, the American flag is draped over the casket. Also, a rifle party with an odd number of service members fires 3 volleys of blank cartridges. During funerals for military officers, horse-drawn carriages are used to transport the casket to the burial site.

    Are you planning a funeral in Oahu, HI for a military veteran? If so, then please call Valley of the Temples Memorial Park at (808) 239-8811 to learn about our funeral home’s veteran’s services.

  • Spotlight on Cemetery Cremation in the Byodo-In Temple

    Cremation Valley of the Temples Are you in the process of pre-planning your funeral? If so, then you may be considering your options for cremation. At Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, we offer a wide selection of cremation services, one of which is cemetery cremation in the Byodo-In Temple.

    If you have decided to include cremation as part of your funeral services, then consider creating a memorial in one of the several unique and exclusive sites that we offer. The Byodo-In Temple is a replica of Japan’s ancient temple, and our Byodo-In Temple Niche is a beautiful, glass-front structure that has niches which can accommodate as many as 6 full-size urns.

    At Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, we provide a wide selection of cremation services in Oahu, HI to help you plan the type of funeral and memorialization that you desire for yourself. To find out more about what we do, please give us a call at (808) 239-8811.

  • A Look at Cremation Memorialization Options

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    After cremation, families must determine their preferred choice for memorialization. Many people are surprised at the number of options their funeral home can provide for memorialization after cremation, so it can be helpful to talk to your loved ones in advance about your preferences and your choices as a family. Here are some of the options that you can consider.

    Columbarium Niche
    A columbarium is a wall that contains niches that can be used to hold cremation urns. The walls can be inside or outside, and they can be long enough to span an entire wall of a building or small enough to be a memorial for one family. The niches have fronts that protect the urns that can be made out of materials such as glass, marble, or mosaic, and they can be constructed to hold a single urn or multiple urns together. Within the niches, there may also be room to display sentimental items or tributes.

    Family Plots
    If you have a family plot, you can opt to have cremation remains interned in the plot. In some cases, you may be permitted to use a single plot for the internment of more than one person. Above-ground storage for cremation urns is also possible within a family plot in many cases. This allows for family members who have chosen burial and those who prefer cremation to remain in one location.

    Cremation Urns
    When most people think about cremation, they envision the use of urns that do not remain in a cemetery. Urns come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and materials for those who wish to bring the cremation remains home. The remains can also be separated into multiple urns if more than one family member wishes to keep them.

    Let Valley of the Temples Memorial Park walk you through all of your options for cremation in Oahu, HI. For assistance with funeral pre-planning or in your time of need, call us at (808) 239-8811.

  • Reasons to Choose Valley of the Temples for Your Memorial Service Needs

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    Valley of the Temples Memorial Park offers one of the most unique locations in the world for funeral services, burial, and cremation. We are situated on the Windward side of Oahu and boast stunning ocean and mountain views that bring peace to the families who choose us. In addition to our striking location, families throughout Oahu have been choosing our funeral home for more than 50 years because of our commitment to compassionate and attentive service.

    We know that no two families have the same needs, and we offer an extensive range of memorial services to accommodate these varied preferences, including burial options, cemetery cremation, and multi-faith funeral services. Our Byodo-In Temple welcomes all faiths and is one of the distinctive features that draws families to our funeral home. We support each family who comes to us throughout the funeral process and offer access to grief counseling services as needed.

    Find out for yourself what makes Valley of the Temples Memorial Park unique by visiting our funeral home in Oahu, HI, or calling us to learn more about our services. You can reach us at (808) 239-8811.

  • Valley of the Temples: The Final Resting Place You Deserve

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    Your final resting place should be a reflection of your life. Valley of the Temples in Hawaii is an elite final resting place for those who want to spend eternity surrounded by beauty. Nestled in the mountains on the windward side of Oahu, Valley of the Temples is at the same time beautiful and elegant, offering the best in afterlife care.

    Our goal is to create the perfect funeral service that meets your family’s unique needs. We customize each service with respect to your religious and family traditions. Veteran’s Honors can be performed, as well as traditional funeral services. Our Signature Services include options such as a butterfly release ceremony or planting a Koa tree in Hilo as a legacy. Whatever your preference, Valley of the Temples can design a ceremony befitting your wishes.

    At Valley of the Temples, you have a wide range of options including traditional burials or above ground entombment in a mausoleum. Mausoleums have a long and rich history, and provide a forever home. Valley of the Temples also offers resting places for your family, so you can take comfort knowing you will be together forever. Private Family Estates are your own private cemetery within the memorial park, and Private Family Mausoleums can be custom designed to suit your family. After the funeral is over, you will be cared for with the compassion and exceptional level of service you deserve. Our groundskeepers maintain the memorial park in pristine condition year-round, and ensure your final resting place is forever gorgeous.

    Within the park is the Byodo-In Temple, a replica of the 950-year-old Japanese temple of the same name. This Hawaiian version was built nearly 50 years ago, and stands as a commemoration of the first Japanese settlers to arrive on the islands. Within the Byodo-In Temple you will find the Amida Buddha, Bon-sho (sacred bell), meditation pavilion surrounded by wildlife and beautiful scenery. If you are considering entombment, Byodo-In Temple currently has spaces available. You may contact Valley of the Temple for more information on entombment within the Byodo-In Temple.

    Valley of the Temple can accommodate your unique plans and special requests. We offer compassionate funeral arrangers with years of experience who are available for pre-need or at-need appointments. Contact one of our planning experts to create the ideal experience that will serve you and your family after your passing. Spend your afterlife in the allure and splendor of Valley of the Temples.