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.