Visit 88 Temples & Nurture the Soil and Soul

by Lawai International Center

Secluded in a valley that has long been recognized as a healing sanctuary, lies a hidden gem of peace & tranquility rarely known to travelers. Began in 1904, Hawaii’s first generation of Japanese migrants built 88 shrines as homage to an ancient pilgrimage tradition.  Today, it is the only such site in existence outside of Japan. In order to protect its archaeological significance, a non-profit community initiative depends on volunteers to bring this auspicious valley and its temples back to prominence as an international center for compassion, education and cultural understanding.

Join us on the island of Kaua’i’s south side just 8km (5mi) up the slope from the coast, in a place thats normally kapu (forbidden), as we clear paths and foliage revealing the grandeur of a site that is truly remarkable. Afterwards Lunch will be provided by our Auntie’s.  With your help, our mission to restore all 32 acres will serve mindful generations to come.


  • Help restore a picturesque historical site that few get to see
  • Enjoy a homemade lunch provided by our local ohana (family)
  • Make new friends as we experience a sanctuary together
  • Learn from the past, honor the present, leave feeling refreshed and mindful of the future

Know before you join

  • Ability to perform gardening tasks while bending and stretching over uneven surfaces required
  • Hand tools will be provided
  • Must commit for entire 4 hour service day and stay together under the direction of the guide

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