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Kyoto Gardens of Honolulu Memorial Park
by ALOHA DEAN

 

     
      The Kyoto Gardens of Honolulu Memorial Park is a cemetery located in the eastern half of the Honolulu Memorial Park, 22 Craigside Place, Honolulu, Hawaii. Its three-tiered Sanju Pagoda, the Kinkaku-ji Temple, and Mirror Gardens are fine examples of Japanese traditional-style structures and gardens built outside of Japan. The gardens are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Both the Sanju Pagoda and Kinkaku-ji serve as columbariums. As of 2006 they are in poor repair, due to the cemetery's financial difficulties
The Sanju Pagoda is modeled after the Minami Hokke-ji Temple in Nara, Japan which was built in the Momoyama Period (1571-1602). The garden replica is built of concrete and steel, and somewhat larger than the original with a height from foundation to rooftop of 80 feet. Including the ku-rin copper spire, its total height is 116 feet. Sanju Pagoda
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Sanju Pagoda
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Sanju Pagoda
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The Kinkaku-ji columbarium is modeled upon the renowned Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) located on the grounds of the Rokuonji Temple in Kyoto, built in the Muromachi Period (1335-1573). It is three stories tall (38 feet), constructed with steel frame and plaster finish, and with a phoenix finial at its roof peak.
Mirror Lake Garden, surrounding Kinkaku-ji, also reflects Muromachi Period (1335-1573) garden design.
Kinkaku-ji columbarium
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Kinkaku-ji columbarium
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References National Park Service - Kyoto Gardens of Honolulu Memorial Park