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MANOA CHINESE CEMETERY

Lin Yee Chung Association was established in 1852, in the magnificent Manoa Valley.

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The Manoa Chinese Cemetery is sited on a knoll nestled on the interior slopes of Manoa Valley, an amphitheater shaped valley in Honolulu. The area is approximately 10,753 acres in size, with about 10,000 individual burials and defined by a low, rock wall. The head stones, mostly made of granite, stand upright in crowded rows along the sloping lands facing the ocean. Founded in 1852, Lin Yee Chung (a.k.a. Manoa Chinese) Cemetery is the oldest and largest cemetery on the Hawaiian Islands. It is significant for two major reasons; (1) The cemetery has all the design elements of a “classic” Chinese cemetery, and (2) As a traditional cultural property, each year in April, the “Three Presentations Ceremony” (a traditional graveyard ritual) is performed during “Ching Ming,” the Chinese memorial season. No other Chinese cemetery in Hawaii has both of these features, thus possessing integrity of relationship and condition, and maintaining a significant practice to the Chinese community in Hawaii.

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For the families whose ancestors found their final resting place at the Manoa Chinese Cemetery, the graves are of significant personal, cultural, and sometimes even religious importance.

One only has to visit Manoa in the month of April to witness the faithful observation of Ching Ming, ancestor worship, in the form of the sound of intermittent firecracker popping. As part of the observances, families burn firecrackers which are believed to repel the evil spirits

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3430 E. Manoa Road

Honolulu, HI  96822

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