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“Tranquil and Beautiful”

Lahaina Jodo Mission
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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“Tranquil and Beautiful”
Reviewed 28 September 2013

The Lahaina Jodo Mission is a great place to visit late in the afternoon just before sunset. The rays from the setting sun highlight the features of the Buddha. It is a quiet place to sit and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Once you have finished exploring the grounds it is a short walk to the beach at Puʻunoa point to watch the sunset.

Visited September 2013
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Tomball, Texas
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

Even if the subject doesn't particularly interest you it is part of the history of the island. Part of our self-guided walking tour that you sort of have to seek out. Not really marked on the main streets, look it up. It doesn't take long to visit, read up on the history of it and it will be more interesting to you. Across from an interesting cemetery too. Very beautiful for what it is and quiet/peaceful.

Visited August 2013
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San Francisco, California
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“peace place”
Reviewed 25 August 2013

This is one definite peaceful place to come and enjoy some quiet time. Visited here early morning and pretty much had the place to ourselves with the exception of the maintenance staff cleaning the grounds. The only other problem visiting early morning is that photographing the Buddha is tricky as the sun shines on back of the Buddha-- need to go view it on the side.
Limited parking on the side street next adjacent to the Jodo Mission.

Visited July 2013
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Tampa, Florida
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“Visited during Pride of America Cruise from Kahului Port by Public Transportation”
Reviewed 18 July 2013

We were on NCL Pride of America Cruise ship which overnights in the port city of Kahului Maui. Easy DYI shore excursion to the town of Lahaina using public transportation.

Jodo Mission is doable by public transportation, from the cruise port to the town of Lahaina. If you are able to walk about 25 minutes from bus stop in Lahaina, you can reach the mission. We are a senior couple good at walking and had no problem on foot. The bus from the port takes you into the town of Lahaina, from there it is a straight walk, down the main street in Lahaina, no turns until you reach the left turn for the mission.

Go to the Maui Bus Public Transit site. You can also call them on the phone prior to your cruise and get helpful information from them...The Maui Mall stop on the Kahului loop (route 5 going to Lahaina and route 6 when you come back) is the closest one to the pier. You'll need to transfer at the Queen Ka'ahumanu shopping center. The route to Lahaina is the Lahaina Islander. Lots of cruisers take the do it yourself bus to Lahaina. You can follow the crowd.

By car, there is parking on site.

It is rich in culture. It was founded in 1912 with the help of Japanese immigrants brought here to harvest the sugar and pineapple plantations. The original temple was destroyed by a fire in 1968. The members of the mission decided to build a Buddhist Temple.

It is definitely worth a visit. Allow about 30 minutes. There are many wonderful photo ops.

Do not panic when you see a sign that reads private property. That applies to the office not the Historic Site, Temple, Pagoda, Bell, grounds., etc.

Bring water and snacks. Nothing available on site. Use the restrooms at the businesses in the town of Lahaina first because there are no restrooms on site either.

when you get back to the town of Lahaina, reward yourself with some shopping and restaurants and then return to the ship. Easy DYI shore excursion.

You can visit solo, couples, or with children and families. Children can't break anything and it is outdoors and they can run around a bit climbing stairs, etc.

Donations are accepted. Admission is free. There are donation boxes throughout.

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Visited February 2013
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Hendersonville, NC
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Reviewed 3 July 2013

The mission and surrounding propertty is beautiful. Glad we made a detour back to see this. The area is very quiet and respectful. Although, while my dughter was up close looking at the giant Buddha someone rang the huge gong at the front and scared her half to death. Be sure to look at the cemetary across the road from the mission because it is so unique in the sand.

Visited June 2013
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