History & Staff

We have many years of experience caring for families from all walks of life. As leaders in the industry, families know they can count on us to provide them with the comfort they need when they need it the most. 

Why Choose Us?

Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy
Why Choose Us?

We've learned a lot about caring for families over the years. We realize that we aren't just caring for a loved one, but the entire family.

People come to us during their most difficult times, and we respond with kindness, understanding and expertise. Our goal is to make everyone feel at home as we work with them to create a memorable service in honor of a beautiful life.

Learn The Legacy

Founded in 1963, the spectacular Valley of the Temples Memorial Park boasts 240-acres that attracts thousands of visitors each year with its Zen garden, wild peacocks, meditation pavilion, and Shinji-ike reflection pond teaming with Japanese koi carp. 

Valley of the Temples is home to the new Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. The 10,036 sq. ft. facility is a masterpiece of historic preservation and modern state-of-the-art engineering. It incorporates communications, comfort and convenience technology you won't find anywhere else. Now family and friends can gather for cremation, funeral, burial and reception in one of the most spectacular memorial parks in the world. Valley of the Temples is also home to the magnificent Byodo-In Temple, a cultural landmark that symbolizes Hawaii's rich heritage and historical connection with Japan.

Known for its dignity, peace and serenity, Valley of the Temples is a full-service facility offering many options to help you memorialize the lives of your loved ones for years to come. Having provided exceptional service for nearly 60 years, we're proud of the reputation we've built on quality, sincerity and trust, with services that celebrate the life of each individual and respect the wishes of every family.

In 2017 and 2018, the Official Best of America television program awarded the Byodo-In Temple at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, the distinction of Official Best Memorial Temple in Hawaii. 

Official Best Of - Best Memorial Template of Hawaii 2017 and 2018

Reviews

Making preparations for the burial of my husband was not easy. The grief has subsided a little and I can think and see clearly now. When I visit his resting place, there is a little sadness but I'm OK. Your gestures of love and kindness on that day I will always remember. Death is inevitable and I'm so grateful that there are people with the expertise and... Read More

Jocelyn F.

We laid my daddy to rest this month. He was a kind fellow, a gentle giant. Even though it was a somber moment time of our life, my family was so overwhelmed with the love and support we received. This venue was the perfect place to celebrate my daddy's life. At this moment I was so grateful being atop the hill because for that time, I was that much closer to him.

Josie C.

Losing a loved one is the hardest thing for anyone to deal with. The staff at Valley of the Temples did an awesome job helping us and I'm so thankful that my mom got such a beautiful service. Thank you, Valley of the Temples, for all your help. Now I know my mom is resting peacefully.

Mae G.

Who We Are

Jeff Short

Jeff Short

Area Sales Director
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As area sales director, Jeff has served in the funeral services profession for more than six years, always working to bring out the best in everyone around him while creating a culture of belief in each other and what we can accomplish as a team.

“Our team does not have limits or restrictions to what we can do to ensure a family's needs are met,” Jeff says. “We say 'yes' first and then find a way to make it happen. We encourage complete personalization and customization for every family and we pour our unique gifts and talents into every service."

“I love having the opportunity to work with the most dedicated, hardworking, and positive-minded champions you will find in any profession. Our team is fiercely committed to providing caring and compassionate service to every family. We believe in building lasting legacies and are empowered to do whatever it takes as we continue to shine as a beacon of hope in and through our community.”

Ryan Kozuma

Ryan Kozuma

General Manager
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Ryan's desire to stay close to home and work with his community to shine a light during challenging times drives him to ensure that every family is shown compassion and that their loved ones are properly honored and cared for.

"I love being able to work right here in the neighborhood I grew up in", Ryan says. "It is very rewarding to actually be helping my neighbors, family and friends. Every time I interact with a family, I am honored to be able to serve them in any way I can."

Sharmaine Mayo

Sharmaine Mayo

Regional Mortuary Manager
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Sharmaine has been in the funeral industry for 25 years. Born and raised on the Windward side of Oahu makes working in Kaneohe at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary and Valley of the Temples Mortuary a little more special. She started her career with the Ordenstein family back in 1994, which set the foundation to serve many families in her community for years to come.

What she loves most about the funeral industry is that everyday we all have a unique opportunity to make a difference in someone's life.

Deborah Kamakana

Deborah Kamakana

Sales Manager
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With 18 years of experience, Deborah is a fiercely committed individual, who is passionate about helping families pre-plan their legacy. Based on her integrity and pride for helping others, she has been serving families for almost two decades and has humbly earned an impeccable reputation for outstanding service.

"When you have the heart to serve and help others, you unlock something of you." – Reuben Morgan.

As a sales manager, the foundation of her leadership consists of simple values, serve from the heart, take care of the family, and the rest is bound to follow.

"I am very fortunate to be a part of an elite sales team, who shares the same passion, commitment, and values as I do. We are a unit, whose goals are to take care of the families we encounter as if they were our own. It is our sincere honor to be able to offer our services with the utmost care and compassion."

Cherie Akina

Cherie Akina

Combo Office Manager
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Cherie brings over 20 years of experience to her role at Valley of The Temples, where she manages the administrative team, provides support to the sales team, and works alongside the General Manager on various projects.

What Cherie enjoys most about her role is being able to help members of her community deal with the loss of a loved one.