Byodo In, showpiece of Valley of Temples near Kaneohe
I remember visiting this place before but I didn't remember the pervasive sense of peace and wonder that surrounds the building, gardens and ponds. No longer a "believer" in supernatural intervention, I am perhaps more open to appreciation of a place that exudes calm and quiet beauty--from this magnificent replica of a Buddhist temple in Kyoto Japan to the simple bamboo forest on the outskirts of the property.
Surrounding the temple structure housing the gigantic Buddha were streams and ponds were many light-reflecting streams and ponds containing hundreds of Koi. You can see some koi in this photo of the open part of the temple. A local author and World War 2 expert was signing the 4 volumes of his books and Bob stopped to chat with him. They can just barely be seen on the near corner of the temple.
Book-signing at the Byodo In
When one crosses the bridge the first thing you hear is the deep melodious tone of the giant gong. It is so large that it is struck by swing an 8-foot tree truck into it. The grounds are spectacular. From meandering stream with two black swans to a small gift shop in the corner, everything is peaceful.
Only one swan made the photo
Until Hawaii I had never actually seen a bamboo forest other than in a tropical atrium of a botanical garden. They are not majestic or sturdy and grounded. They are spindly and green and somewhat fragile in the wind--but I absolutely love walking around and near these bamboo outcroppings.
Bamboo forest on Byodo In Temple grounds.