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Lahaina Jodo Mission

12 Ala Moana St, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
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Ranked #26 of 64 Attractions in Lahaina
Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues
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Wixom, Michigan, United States
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106 reviews 106 reviews
37 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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28 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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Estes Park, Colorado
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83 reviews 83 reviews
35 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Lovely small facility that we found while looking for a snorkel spot close to Lahaina since we were off the Star Princess and had time after whale watching. Also good snorkeling on the beach next to it. We were surprised to find this large buddah and mission,

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Raleigh, NC
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Loved the giant statue of Buddha! Such serene surroundings! When we visited only one section of the temple was open, but it still was beautiful!

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Quilcene, Washington
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31 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

It may have just been my false image that caused the disappointment. Based on reviews I was expecting a larger facility. The buildings and buddah were pretty, but it only took about 2 minutes to see all of it.

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South Lake Tahoe, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
18 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014 via mobile

It was pouring rain on a Maui and we were looking for something different to do. I had hoped by visiting this Buddhist mission that there would be a place to "sit" and meditate but no such luck, however the giant Buddha (the largest of its kind outside of Japan) looked down on us so serenely that I was "quieted"... More

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Vancouver, BC
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52 reviews 52 reviews
10 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Small grounds with a couple gorgeous structures, definitely worth a stop for some great photos. Located practically on the beach.

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san francisco, ca
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89 reviews 89 reviews
16 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

This is a great area to stop by early in the morning or at sunset time as it is located right close by the harbor. The views of the huge Buddha is a sight to remember. There is a giant bell to ring and the temples there are very well kept. Lots of nice flower trees which add a lot... More

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