Lawai International Center - 88 Shrines on Kauai

Legendary Kauai Events: Free Lawai Center 88 Shrines Tour

Here’s a unique offering among all Kauai events. Have you taken the 88 shrine walk back in time? Do you know about their internationally renowned Hall of Compassion? If you have visited before, please let us know. We cherish the Lawai Center, and Rob is there today with friends.

In a brief but distinctly unique experience of Kauai events not far from Poipu Beach, you’ll be transplanted to Japanese and Hawaiian culture as you visit 88 Shingon shrines along a steep hillside path contained on a beautiful 32-acre property. It all takes place at the Lawai International Center and is a perfect adjunct to your Hawaii vacation. — Beat of Hawaii.

The center is open to the public on the second and fourth Sunday of every month with tours at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 2:00 pm, or by private appointment. Visit the magical 88 shrines in this community-supported sanctuary activity. There is a brief video, a talk-story session, and a time to walk the special path on your own self-guided tour.

You’ll visit century-old, Japanese immigrant-built miniature shrines. Each shrine contains grains of sand or dirt taken from original shrines located in Shikoku, Japan. This is the only such site outside of Japan and is one of the oldest Buddhist temple sites in the U.S.

Fifty years ago, these shrines and the temple paths had fallen into disrepair. They have since been lovingly restored with the efforts of countless volunteers under the skillful direction of Lynn Muramoto. This sacred site is described as “a place of peace, healing, and aloha.”

The walk to the shrines takes place in silence. You’ll be greeted like a friend by the team of volunteers and offered snacks after a short presentation. Then you’ll enjoy a quiet journey with walking sticks provided. The visit is without charge but donations towards future preservation are gratefully accepted.

Directions: You’ll find the Lawai International Center near Poipu, between Lawai and Kalaheo. More information is available by calling (808) 639-1718 or visiting the Lawai International Center website.

9 thoughts on “Legendary Kauai Events: Free Lawai Center 88 Shrines Tour”

  1. We have visited Lawai and volunteered there for many years. There’s an open house twice a month. If you look at their website, you’ll see that their online annual fundraising auction is happening until Nov. 7th. Mahalo, Jeff and Rob, for highlighting this wonderful place!

  2. Yes this is a very special place and well worth your time. Also the Japanese garden up near the old Kuks golf course is special too,there’s walk with a view of the south side of the island. All of this is beatiful and a lesson on Hawaiian history.

  3. One of the most spiritual experiences you’ll ever have! Would suggest it’s not for kiddos – the quiet meaningful experience is one they might not be prepared for.

  4. It is fascinating to follow the history of the Hawai’ian Islands. I’ve been past this many times and never knew it was there. Next time…

  5. I grew up on Kauai and did own the existence of this place until 5 years ago. It’s hidden from the main hwy. Its a beautiful, peaceful place; a must see for everyone.


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