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Kuan Yin Temple

Neighbourhood: Downtown Honolulu
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Address: 170 N Vineyard Blvd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-3937
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+1 808-533-6361

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Lovely Temple, Worth Your Time To Visit

Located right next door to Foster Botanical Gardens and a 5 minute drive to Chinatown, whether you are staying in Waikiki or other spots on Oahu, this is a worthwhile... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 January 2017
Honolulu, Hawaii
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

Located right next door to Foster Botanical Gardens and a 5 minute drive to Chinatown, whether you are staying in Waikiki or other spots on Oahu, this is a worthwhile stop. Street parking or inside the FBG lot...this is a nice size Temple that is very colorful and clean. The day we visited, it was full of people paying homage... More 

Thank HawaiiKaiGail
Wellesley, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

We visit this temple on every vacation. From Waikiki, we took bus 42 with a little walk crossing the busy street. It is located next to the botanical garden and close by to Chinatown for lunch. Ali doable in one trip. The temple is very serene, the staff there is very helpful. Offerings of any amount is appreciated. Then, following... More 

Thank Pearl D
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

The Kuan Temple is outside/near the Foster Botanical Gardens. It is not a large temple but worth a look if you are already going to the Botanical Gardens. Nice peaceful place.

Thank bilby2009
West Yorkshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016

Right next to Foster Botanical Gardens, this is worth a visit in itself. Charming temple with lots of chanting, incense and people praying. Gave a donation and took in the atmosphere. Was great to sit at the entrance of the garden and just take in the peace and the chanting.

Thank Susie M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016

Incense is burned, prayers said, and flowers and other offerings are placed before Kuan Yin at this temple next to Foster Botanical Gardens. Open from 0830 to 1400 daily. Offering box at the entrance. For those taking pictures, Kuan Yin and the other deities are shielded by plastic walls, and light bouncing off of them make it difficult to get... More 

Thank UrbanGirl808
Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2016

The Kuan Yin temple is on the mauka (mountain) side of Vineyard, right next to the Foster Botanical Gardens. I was there for a Chinese New Year field trip with a group of 5th graders (and am still calling it peaceful, which should say something). The interior is largely one open room, with an explosion of flowers and incense. Outside,... More 

Thank Christopher M
Rockland, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016

Beautifully constructed and tranmits a feeling of peace and serenity as you relax here. Light an incense and make a prayer for world peace and harmony.

Thank Mike S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2016

I first visited the Temple on a week day. The site was very quiet - an occasional person offering prayers, chanting over a loudspeaker, and a solitary monk reading scriptures. The next visit was on a Saturday. The Temple and area was a hive of activity. Young and old offering prayers, and placing incense at the various alters in and... More 

Thank Larry C
Barstow, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015

I found the temple when I came to the Foster Botanical Garden. Since I parked next door, I just walked over. It is an interesting temple, and I hadn't read up on it, so I did feel bad that I didn't have anything to offer except money. I asked a woman inside if I could take photos. Either she didn't... More 

Thank heuster3
Poquoson, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2015

This is a great place to walk the grounds and enjoy the feeling in the air. It was very breath taking place. Make sure you get there early before all the tourist and sit with the bamboo. This was definitely a place that I loved visiting while in Honolulu.

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