Polynesian Cultural Center
If you ask anyone about things to do in Hawaii, they will tell you to visit the Polynesian Cultural Center.
Take a break from busy Waikiki and renew your spirits at the Byodo-In Temple, at the foot of the Ko'olau Mountains in the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. Established on June 7, 1968, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Japanese immigrants to Hawaii, the Byodo-In is a replica of a 1,000-year-old temple in Kyoto, Japan.
Byodo-In (which means "Temple of Equality") is home to Amida, a carved, gold-lacquered Buddha towering 18-foot-tall. This massive sculpture is the work of Japanese artist Masuzo Inui and is believed to be the largest Buddha carved outside of Japan.
The temple is one of the many island locations that fans of the TV shows "Magnum, P.I." and "Hawaii Five-O" will recognize. More recently, it stood in as the home of the character Sun's father on the first season of the show "Lost."
Daily, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Christmas Day. All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.
Getting In: Present your pass at the ticketing booth.
47-200 Kahekili Highway
Kaneohe, HI 96744