The center is open the second and the last Sunday of every month with tours at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm, or by private appointment. Dates Open in 2022: Open dates 3/27, 4/10, 4/24, 5/8, 5/22, 6/12, 6/26, 7/10, 7/24, 8/14, 8/28, 9/21, 9/25, 10/9, 10/23, 11/13, 11/27, 12/11 or by private appointments)
Wear comfortable walking shoes or footwear for this outdoor experience. No charge for entrance. Donations are accepted with gratitude. For tour reservations, call or text (808) 639-5952 or email [email protected]
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.
Support provided by Hawaii Tourism Authority through the Community Enrichment Program.