Sunday, January 04, 2009
Valley of the Temples
Byodo-In Temple Replica in Hawaii's famous Valley of the Temples. Ground breaking ceremonies were on January 12, 1966 and the dedication ceremonies were on June 7, 1968, roughly 100 years after the first Japanese immigrants arrived in Hawaii.
This is also the home of the friendly black swan pictured a few days back and some very voracious koi. There is a large golden Buddha in the temple to whom guests may offer incense offerings. The gift shop also does a decent business in Koi food for the fish and birds.