Popular Oahu tourist attraction marks 150th anniversary of the first Japanese immigration to Hawaii; visitors invited to day-long celebration in Kaneohe on Saturday, August 4, 2018. 

"Hey Jude" by The Beatles topped Billboard's Top 100 chart and Apollo 8 became the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon in 1968, the same year the Byodo-In Temple at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park welcomed its first visitors. Five decades later, the Byodo-In, a non-denominational temple that pays homage to the first Japanese settlers in Hawaii, has remained virtually unchanged. Over the years, the Temple has received people of all faiths to worship, meditate or simply appreciate its extraordinary beauty. To commemorate its 50th anniversary, Valley of the Temples is hosting a range of free activities and events for the public, including a large-scale celebration on August 4, 2018, to coincide with the Temple's annual Obon Festival, one of the largest such festivals held on Oahu each year.

The celebration will include:

  • Japanese dancers and drummers
  • Spiritual blessing
  • Floating lantern ceremony
  • Commemorative giveaways and more.

"We're honored to be the caretakers of this historic site and to preserve a seminal part of U.S., Japanese-American and Hawaiian history," said Dennis Boser Jr., regional manager of Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. "In 2018, we invite the world to come and discover the beauty, tranquility and cultural significance of the Byodo-In. We think they'll find the temple and its grounds as remarkable and peaceful now as it was in 1968."

Read the press release.