Lawaʻi International Center

Poʻipu & the South Shore

Open for occasional tours, this sublimely peaceful site once held a Hawaiian heiau (temple). In 1904, however, Japanese immigrants placed 88 miniature Shingon Buddhist shrines along a steep hillside path here, symbolizing the pilgrimage shrines of Shikoku, Japan. Since the 1980s, the shrines have been beautifully restored, and a wonderful wooden temple added, the Hall of Compassion. Leisurely tours include a trail walk that amounts to a mini-pilgrimage. All welcome.

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Nearby Poʻipu & the South Shore attractions

1. Kukuiolono Park

1.28 MILES

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2. Allerton Garden

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3. National Tropical Botanical Garden

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4. McBryde Garden

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5. Spouting Horn Park

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6. Tree Tunnel

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7. Sugar Monument (Old Mill)

3.15 MILES

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8. Kukuiʻula Small Boat Harbor

3.15 MILES

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