Celebrating Hawaii’s Rich Multicultural Heritage

On the eastern side of the Hawaiian island of Oahu, at the foot of the Ko’olau Mountains and near the town of Kane’ohe, sits Valley of the Temples Memorial Park.  

Set in a lush landscape with sweeping views from the mountains to the Pacific Ocean, this beautiful park is uniquely situated to celebrate the diverse culture of Hawaii.  

First settled by Polynesian sailors, Hawaii later attracted the attention of Europeans and Asians as well. Over the years, the population has grown increasingly more diverse as people from the continental United States, Europe, Asia, and several Polynesian nations continue to flow into this island state. Today, it’s easy to notice the scope of the state’s melting pot: nearly one-quarter of Hawaiians claim two or more ethnicities. 

This mix of heritage is also evident at Valley of the Temples, where we celebrate and honor many different religions and traditions. 

  • One of our most well-known features is the Byodo-In Temple. A non-practicing Buddhist temple, it features a golden Abita Buddha, towering over the main hall at taller than nine feet. The temple itself was built in 1968, a replica of the 11th-century Phoenix Hall of the Byodo-In temple in Uji, Japan. 
  • Catholic statuary abounds at Valley of the Temples. Large statues in our stately gardens depict the Passion of the Christ, Virgin Mary, and various Catholic saints. 
  • The Trousdale Memorial Chapel is a distinctly Christian place. Built with a giant cross atop its spire, the chapel can be seen for miles and has a commanding view of both the ocean and the mountains. 
  • Our beautiful Haka Gardens feature Haka houses. Haka means “grave” in Japanese, and these Haka houses provide private above-ground memorialization that’s beautiful and meaningful. 
  • Each religion is respected and honored at Valley of the Temples. Many Buddhist, Shinto, Protestant and Catholic people have chosen Valley of the Temples for their final resting place. 

Valley of the Temples is a place of rich natural diversity and open to people of all faiths, cultures, and traditions. Call 725.2798 to learn how we can incorporate your heritage into your end-of-life ceremony. 

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