Wood Valley Temple & Retreat Center
Wood Valley Temple & Retreat Center information
Lonely Planet review
Just near Pahala, this temple makes a lovely escape. The century-old, colorful temple is wonderfully juxtaposed against the center's lush 25-acre property where peacocks roam free. The temple's official name, Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling, translates to 'Immutable Island of Melodious Sound,' and that perfectly captures the valley's thrum of forest, wind and birdsong.
Visitors are welcome to join the daily chanting and meditation settings (8am & 6pm), or to just visit the temple and gift shop. In addition to a regular schedule of Buddhist teachings, Wood Valley also hosts nondenominational retreats.
For a meditative getaway, stay in the cheerfully painted guesthouse . Guests have the run of the huge building, which has a full kitchen and a screened-in dining hall and lanai (veranda) with lush views. The simple rooms aren't spacious, but they are clean and nicely furnished, with colorful details and new bamboo floors. Some rooms have curtains for doors. Though rains can create dampness, there is no musty air here. There's a three-night minimum stay; two nights are possible for an extra $25.
To get here, take Maile St from Hwy 11, until it turns into Pikake St and then becomes Rte 151 (Wood Valley Rd); the retreat is about 4.5 miles inland. The meander up into Wood Valley is one of the island's hidden gems of a drive with farms, forest and one-lane bridges crossing babbling creeks.