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“88 Shrines”

Lawai International Center
Ranked #5 of 13 things to do in Kalaheo
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21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“88 Shrines”
Reviewed 11 September 2013

When we asked our activity director what she would recommend seeing outside the norm, she recommended 88 Shrines. These are miniature shrines built by Japanese immigrants in 1904 to represent an ancient pilgrimage of 88 temples in Shikoku, Japan. This is a place of healing & sanctuary. Lynn, the Director, was very generous in allowing our families to tour this site on a day they are not normally open. She greeted us with hot tea & macadamia cookies as well as a presentation. Her attention to detail allowed our families to recognize how special this site was. Add this to your must see list. This site is run by a non-profit organization & volunteers who are devoted to restoring this property. When we left, I felt a renewed sense of peace. Gods Blessings for continued growth.

Visited September 2013
4 Thank Schopp
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San Francisco, California
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99 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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“A Zen Experience”
Reviewed 5 July 2013

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. Visitors are able to walk along all of the shrines. Each shrines are decorated differently. Visitors will feel peaceful at this sanctuary. A temple has been recently built on the property. Materials were brought in from Asia.
This is a true cultural place. This is a must see.

Visited July 2013
2 Thank dimsumgirl2
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97 reviews
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“Excellent opportunity to take a break and reflect”
Reviewed 11 November 2012

We were very pleased this was available the week we were in Kauai (2nd and 4th Sundays only). Do be mindful of your arrival time – when we made the reservation we were asked to arrive a bit early and told it should only take maybe 7 minutes from where we were staying. Since this was our first morning in Kauai we had not picked up on the fact that time is a little more relative here than on the mainland ☺ It took closer to 15 minutes so we missed the opportunity to sit with the other guests and just relax for a few minutes before the presentation. This gave visitors the opportunity to wind down a little and enjoy refreshments before the presentation. They served tea and a special pastry both at the beginning and end of our visit. We were moved to another area under a large tent where Lynn gave a presentation about the history of the sight and her calling to continue the work. Then we walked along the hillside viewing the shrines. The hillside should be able to be navigated by most persons, but it is narrow without railings along parts or places to grab on to so if a guest uses a cane s/he may have trouble. It was also very moving just viewing the hillside from the bottom. The sight is part of the shape of a hawksbill turtle. The Center is in the process of adding another structure. e spent about 2 hours here. There is a strong eastern religion feel to the location, but even as Christians we appreciated the beauty and spiritual atmosphere of the site.

Visited October 2012
3 Thank LovetoScuba
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“wonderful relaxing healing energy”
Reviewed 6 November 2012

A great place to visit. Open for tours the second and fourth Sundays of the month or by appointment. 88 shrines constructed on a path winding up a steep hillside on a site that was sacred to many different religions and was restored by volunteers. Recent groundbreaking for a Hall of Compassion--it should be finished soon--seems to have magnified the energy and there are more and more stories of healing and pain relief being reported. a terrific experience!

Visited October 2012
2 Thank Cindy F
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Eureka, Montana
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14 attraction reviews
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“Peaceful and spiritual”
Reviewed 6 October 2012

My husband and I visited Lawai International Center and were amazed by the spirit and hospitality of the volunteers who amazingly acquired this beautiful site, renovated the shrines and now keep it so beautiful. There was a wonderful reception upon arriving, we were served tea and cakes and made to feel very welcome. They gave us an orientation of the site, and then my husband sat and meditated, while I walked up the hill to see all of the shrines. It was a very peaceful and spiritual experience.

Visited June 2012
3 Thank mellowjess
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