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Lawai International Center, Kalaheo

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#11 of 22 in Historic Sites in Kauai
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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The center is open the second and the last Sunday of every month with tours at 10:00am, 12:00pm and 2:00pm, or by appointment. Wear comfortable walking shoes or footwear for this outdoor experience. Donations are accepted with gratitude. For tour reservations, call (808) 639-4300 or email LM@hawaii.rr.com
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  • Very nice Buddhist sacred area with 88 mini shrines representing the 88 full sized shrines in Japan. They only give tours and presentations two times a month and we were lucky to visit on a day they....  more
    Very nice Buddhist sacred area with 88 mini shrines representing the 88 full sized shrines in Japan. They only give tours and presentations two times a month and we were lucky to visit on a day they....  more »
  • Peaceful, beautiful the shrines and Hall of compassion are hidden gems on Kauai. Locals volunteer here doing up keep and tours. Don't miss this on your trip. First Saturday of the month is nurturing.....  more
    Peaceful, beautiful the shrines and Hall of compassion are hidden gems on Kauai. Locals volunteer here doing up keep and tours. Don't miss this on your trip. First Saturday of the month is nurturing.....  more »
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  • It’s free just do it! They gave us jasmine pearl tea with homemade biscuits the moment we arrived. This was so warming and welcoming. Their porta potty has been the most fanciest one I have ever seen! They had real lavender, photo frames, plants, and oil diffuser! The shrines are cute and I enjoyed the mindful walking 🙂
  • Went today for the Pilgrimage of Compassion. Very beautiful place. The event had all kind of demonstrations (Calligraphy, Origami, Lei making, bonsai exhibit, etc). This year Grandmaster Riley Lee ( a world-renowned shakuhachi flutist) played while you walked the 88 shires. If you have time while visiting Kauai this is a very unique place that you won’t find anywhere else. Info from website: Lawai International Center, a non-profit community project, is an archaeological and cultural treasure in a valley that has long been recognized as a healing sanctuary. In 1904 the first generation of Japanese immigrants built 88 shrines replicating an ancient pilgrimage of 88 temples in Shikoku, Japan. Today, it is the only such site existing outside of Japan and is one of the oldest Buddhist temple sites in the country. Volunteers are bringing these shrines and this valley back to prominence as an international center for compassion, education and cultural understanding.

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