Valley of the Temples Memorial Park in Kaneohe (47-200 Kahekili Hwy) will host a multi-faith candlelight vigil in honor of Typhoon Haiyan victims on Friday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. The ceremony, hosted by Valley of the Temples, will match donations dollar for dollar up to $5,000, with all proceeds supporting the Red Cross’ disaster relief efforts. Donations are also accepted at Diamond Head Mortuary.

Funds will be used to help repair and rebuild facilities, reopen roads, restore key services, provide temporary housing and support healthcare and food needs in the regions impacted by Typhoon Haiyan.

“Hawaii has a strong and deep relationship with the Filipino community and being an island community ourselves, we understand what it’s like to live with the threat of natural disasters such as typhoons,” said Mark Gillmore, general manager of Valley of the Temples. “Many of our employees and families we serve have been impacted by this tragedy. The vigil is an opportunity to come together as a community to honor the victims who have lost their lives, and show support for everyone affected.”

WHAT TO EXPECT: 

  • Candlelight vigil (candles provided by Valley of the Temples)
  • Multi-faith service led by Senior Pastor Tony Tibuyen of New Creation in Christ Fellowship in Kaneohe and Chaplain Raul Hayasaka of Castle Medical Center 7th Day Adventist in Kailua
  • Donations matched dollar for dollar up to $5,000 to support Red Cross relief efforts in the Philippines (cash, check and credit cards accepted)
  • Lapel ribbons will be given to all donations to wear to honor victims and their families
  • Community altar for photos and condolences
  • Beverage service provided
  • For more information about Monday’s candlelight vigil at Valley of the Temples’, click here.

Valley of the Temples Memorial Park provides end-of-life services to families from diverse religious, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Established in 1963, Valley of the Temples Memorial Park is located on the Windward side of Oahu and is surrounded by mountains and lush, rolling green hills which overlook the Pacific Ocean. Valley of the Temples features the Hawaii Byodo-In Temple, the famous 1968 replica of the 11th century Phoenix Hall of the Byodo-In Buddhist temple complex in Uji, Japan. The Hawaii temple has appeared in numerous popular television shows including Lost and Hawaii Five-O. Valley of the Temples Memorial Park is part of a family of cemeteries, funeral homes and crematories with locations throughout the U.S. For more information, visit www.valley-of-the-temples.com or call (801) 239-8811.

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