Lawai International Center
South Shore, Lawai
The Center is open on the second and last Sunday of every month.
Tours are held at 10:00am, 12:00pm and 2:00pm and require a reservation.
For tour reservations and driving directions, call (808) 639-4300
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Lawai International Center and the 88 Shrines are located on the ancient site of Heiau where Hawaiians once came for healing. In the late 1800’s Asian immigrants who came to Kauai also recognized Lawai Valley as a healing site. They built both Taoist and Shinto temples here and constructed 88 miniature Shingon shrines along a path that snakes up the steep hillside. They did this to replicate an ancient pilgrimage route in Shikoku Japan. Today, it is the only one of it’s kind outside of Japan.
By the 1960’s the shrines had deteriorated and become nearly completely overgrown. Thanks to the efforts of many dedicated volunteers, the path has since been cleared and the shrines restored. The temples no longer stand, but a new Temple, the Hall of Compassion, is to be completed in 2011.
Lawai International Center is well worth visiting as it is truly a place of deep historical and cultural significance. Their mission is fitting: to be a gathering place where all people are welcomed to receive the true spirit of Aloha.