It's been a long time since my son and I went on a video adventure so we decided to go out on Columbus Day 10/13/08. We packed up the Canon HV30 some cheez-its, sea weed, and some cold drinks and headed out the door at 8:00 AM. We traveled over the H3 highway onto Kamehameha St. and drove down the coast until we reached "The Valley of the Temples". This led us to Byodo-In Temple.
Byodo-In Temple was commissioned and built entirely without the use of nails in 1968 at its present location in the Valley of the Temples to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the arrival of Japanese culture to Hawai'i. It was dedicated by Governor John A. Burns, a favorite of the Japanese community for his long service for the cause of Japanese rights during the state's territorial years. Japanese immigrants entered the Kingdom of Hawai'i and later Territory of Hawai'i to labor in the sugarcane and pineapple plantations. They joined the Chinese, Filipino, Korean, native Hawaiians and Portuguese.
The TV series Hawaii Five-O and Magnum, P.I. featured several episodes where the temple is incorporated into the plot. The temple and its vicinity also served as a stand-in for South Korea in one episode of the ABC series Lost.
The Byodo-In Temple is visited and used by thousands of worshippers from around the world. It welcomes people of all faiths to participate in its traditions. Apart from worship, the temple grounds are also used for weddings and office meetings.
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