April 15, 2008
This Lotus Buddha sits in the Byodo-In Temple, in Kahalu'u, Hawaii. The temple itself is an exact replica of a temple in Uji, Japan, and the Lotus Buddha is the largest wooden carved Buddha in over 900 years. This temple was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants who came to work the Hawaiian plantations. This is also where my Great Grandfather and Grandmother's ashes are at rest. Whenever we go back to Hawaii, we always stop by to pay respect to our Grandparents. It such an amazing place. The Ko'olau mountains have to be one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen in my life. Nick is convinced that King Kong (the original) was filmed there...and I don't know about that, but it does feel very movie magical. This specific photo was taken on the trip I took with my Dad last year. It was the first time in nearly 20 years we had been to the temple together. I never new my Great Grandfather and although my Grandmother lived to be over 100 years old the only memories I have of them have been handed down through my Dads wonderful stories of his life with them. Thanks Dad.