Next to the beautiful Keauhou Store on Mamalahoa Highway is an arched gate built in 1903 which serves as the entrance to the Tong Wo Tong cemetery.
The gate was built by Yoshisuke Sasaki, who, in 1919 went on to build the Keauhou Store.
Walking along a fairly rugged and narrow downhill path
it’s easy to notice small visual poems. If the next door dogs aren’t barking the atmosphere is quite hushed and secluded.
After several turns and some crouching to avoid overhanging foliage the view opens up a bit and you get your first view of the cemetery.
As you explore, the graveyard reveals its treasures.
On your way out you may notice small, perfect impressions, seemingly placed to confirm the elegiac and melancholy mood of the place.