Two Free Celebrations in One
Hundreds of people flock to the Byodo-In Temple every year to celebrate Obon, a festive time to pass on ancient traditions and celebrate the loved ones and ancestors who came before them.
This year, Valley of the Temples Memorial Park is honored to host a one-of-a-kind event in celebration of both Obon and the 50th anniversary of the Byodo-In Temple, which was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii. As a replica of the 11th-century Phoenix Hall in Uji, Japan, the temple had a major facelift ahead of the 50th celebrations — so don’t miss all the free bonus activities of this two-in-one event:
- Traditional Japanese customs
- Delicious food: Bento and Andagi
- Taiko drumming
- Bon dance
- Historical photo exhibit
- Magical floating lantern ceremony
- Time capsule to be prepared and opened on the temple’s 75th anniversary
Plus, you could be the lucky winner of a chauffeur-driven day tour for four people to explore the beauty of Oahu (valued at up to $1,500).*
About Byodo-In’s 50th Anniversary
The Byodo-In Temple was established on June 7,1968, to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants arrival to Hawaii 150 years ago. The Byodo-In Temple is a smaller-scale replica of the over 950-year-old Byodo-In Temple, a United Nations World Heritage Site in Uji, Japan. The Byodo-In Temple is a non-practicing Buddhist temple that welcomes people of all faiths to worship, meditate or simply appreciate its beauty.
Obon is an annual Buddhist event for commemorating one’s ancestors. It’s believed that each year during obon, the ancestors’ spirits return to this world to visit their relatives. Traditionally, lanterns are hung in front of houses to guide the ancestors’ spirits, obon dances (bon odori) are performed, graves are visited and food offerings are made at house altars and temples.
For more details, call 808-239-8811.