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Address: 12 Ala Moana St, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
Phone Number: 808-661-4304
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$359*
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Maui Day Trip: Haleakala, Iao Valley, Old Lahaina from Oahu

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Peace in a sea of tourists!

My sister and I made a point of seeking this place out on our last to Lahaina. I'm glad we did. At the time we were there, we were the only two people. Makes me wonder how many... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
Letha A
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Fort Madison, Iowa
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Fort Madison, Iowa
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62 reviews 62 reviews
15 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

My sister and I made a point of seeking this place out on our last to Lahaina. I'm glad we did. At the time we were there, we were the only two people. Makes me wonder how many visitors even know this place exists. My main reason for going was to see the giant Buddha, and he did not disappoint.... More 

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Vermilion, Canada
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125 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

If you travel on Front Street north from the main shopping area, you will find this amazing mission. Donations are accepted. When we visited, there was no one else there, so it was a great chance to see it well. This is said to be the largest Buddha outside Japan. Besides the Buddha, there was a temple that was closed... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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77 reviews 77 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Right on the ocean about a 15 minute walk from the harbour, this was a beautiful place away from the crowds. Large Buddha statue and two other temple buildings which commemorate the Japanese immigrants who went to Maui to work on sugar plantations. Across the street was an old cemetery built on the beach/sand dunes, but not used anymore as... More 

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Syracuse, New York
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169 reviews 169 reviews
62 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Like a christian church in Manhattan, the Jodo Mission provides solitude and peace. It is beautiful. The statue of the Buddha and the temple itself are art objects, graceful and lovely. There is easy parking, public access to a beach and a cemetery (very natural with drifting sand) on the same short road off Front Street. Whether you are religious... More 

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The O.C., California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
23 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Definitely worth 15 minutes of your time. I guarantee that 99% of the tourist visitors and even many locals do not even know this place exists. Just south of the Mala Boat Ramp off of Front St. Check out the public beach just outside of the Mission grounds. Good snorkel beach protected by coral and volcanic reef. Easy parking.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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58 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This was a quick side trip for us this year as been there before; the huge Buddha is impressive, especially the first time you see it. If you are in Lahaina, take time to visit the Jodo Mission.

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Wixom, Michigan, United States
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111 reviews 111 reviews
37 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Really wanted to visit and made 3 attempts. Closed off for some sort of political event, which I found very odd as it is a mission. Only reason I knew it was political is when I was turning around, I could hear a woman announcing "say hello to your new Governor of Hawaii". Came back two times in next 2... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Honestly, I just wanted to see the giant buddha...and was delivered! =) You could easily drive past this place, so GPS it. Bonus: creepy sand graveyard next door...

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Lake Oswego,Or
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

The mission is on the beach off a side road from Front street. It is closed to the public so is not easy to see. The beach area there is great. Nice sandy area and not crowded at all. There are public restrooms, but not much more.

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Dublin, Ohio
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164 reviews 164 reviews
30 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

The Lahaina Jodo Mission has the largest Buddha outside Japan. There is a temple on site which conducts services but is not open to the public; however, you can view the interior from the steps. Interesting site to see.

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