Byodo-In Temple is a non-practicing Buddhist temple. It is a scale size replica of a Buddhist temple in Japan. It’s located in the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park in Kaneohe (kahn-ay-oh-hay). The temple itself is very peaceful. There’s a gigantic Buddha, and you can light some incense.
Where: 47-200 Kahekili Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744. Hours: The temple is open daily from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Cost: Admission is $3.00 per adult, $2.00 per senior citizen, $1.00 per child. Cash only. Other Things you Should Know: There are restrooms located on the back side of the gift shop. There are always a few art vendors selling their wares at the temple. The gift shop sells bird/fish food to feed them.
The grounds around the temple are nicely landscaped. There’s a 3 ton brass bell that you are supposed to ring before you enter the temple to spread the eternal teachings of Buddha. The reflection pond surrounding the temple is filled with 100s of koi, and a few black swans. The grounds are also home to some wild peacocks.
After you’ve finished checking out the temple and grounds, go into the gift shop and buy some bird/fish food. If you go and sit on either side of the bridge to the temple and hold out your had with some food in it, the little zebra doves will land in your hand to eat the food.
Me feeding the birds.
There are some slightly larger spotted doves that might also come and enjoy a bite as well. Sometimes a finch or two will come for some food as well.
There are often wild peacocks around as well. They usually hang out on the back side of the gift shop. The male peacock likes Cheetos. If you decide you want to try to feed him, DON”T feed him from your hand. Drop it on the ground near you. You are likely to get a gouge in your hand otherwise.
Once you’ve fed the wildlife and enjoyed the temple, head further down the H-83 about 2.5 miles. On your right hand side, just pas a 7-Eleven, is a permanently parked food truck, Mike’s Kiawe Broiled Huli Huli Chicken. Stop here for an AWESOME plate lunch. Say hi to Kevin, who is usually taking orders in the truck, and then enjoy some of the best chicken you’ve ever eaten. Actually, whatever you get, it’ll be delicious. They were even featured on the Food Network.
Save some room for some macadamia nut samples. After you’ve finished your lunch, head another 4 miles down the H-83 to Tropical Farms Mac Nut Farm. You can get all of your macadamia nut gifts for all of your friends and family back home. They have samples of all of their flavors, as well as salts, nut butters, honey, sauces and kona coffee. You can go out back and crack your own macadamia nut from the shell.
Did you notice the mountains across the road? Do they look familiar? If you’ve seen Jurassic Park, that’s why.
Jurassic Park (Universal Studios)
If you’re really in to Jurassic Park, you can go up the street a little bit more to Kualoa Ranch and take a tour.