Paleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary

South Kona Coast

Near the church on Painted Church Rd, these tranquil 7-acre gardens contain shrines to the world’s major religions and a staggeringly impressive ‘Galaxy Garden,’ in which famous space painter Jon Lomberg has created a scale model of the Milky Way – in plants. You’ll also find yoga and tai chi classes and plenty of general interfaith good vibes.

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