KANEOHE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Tucked away in the lush Valley of the Temples at the foot of the Koolau Mountains, the Byodo-In Temple stands as more than just a beautiful landmark: It represents a cultural and historic moment when the first Japanese immigrants arrived in Hawaii.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of construction of the Byodo-In, and to celebrate that, the U.S. Postal Service launched a new Priority Mail stamp Tuesday.
The stamp depicts a colorful illustration of the Byodo-In, a Buddhist temple that was built in 1968.
Built as a smaller-scale concrete replica of the original wooden Byodo-In Temple in Uji, Japan, the one in Hawaii was made to commemorate the centennial of the first Japanese immigrants to arrive in Hawaii.
"It is also a symbol of friendship between Japan and Hawaii," Carole Hayashino, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii president said. "It's a tribute to King Kalakaua and the Kingdom of Hawaii for welcoming the Japanese immigrants on the go."
The stamp was unveiled Tuesday on the grounds of the temple. They are now on sale nationwide.