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“Beautifully unique”

Paleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary
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Owner description: We are a non profit 501 3(c) educational and cultural facility set within a 7 acre Botanical Garden. We recently added a lovely gift shop and free coffee tasting. We offer self guided tours with an affordable admission and discounts for seniors, military and Kama'aina. Gently slopping land,mature shade trees, and expansive views from Kealakekua Bay to Place of Refuge allow one to wander through beautiful tropical displays and manicured foliage.Unique statuary, petroglyphs and the worlds only Galaxy Garden done in rare hibiscus provide great photo opts!
Reviewed January 31, 2013

We happened upon this place by complete accident, a very happy accident. It is a place where several acres, overlooking the ocean, have been dedicated to different spiritual disciplines (Buddhist, Christian, Native American, etc.) who by invitation have erected many different "shrines" or spiritually meaningful instalments.
A very interesting part of the gardens was the "Universe", a planting that was designed to be a map of the universe - very well done and incredibly creative.
The highlight for us was being able to actually see two Buddhist sand mandalas. Special dispensation was given by his Holiness the Dalai Lama to allow these two mandalas to remain on display. This is a very special thing, as it is the practice of Buddhist monks to painstakingly create these mandalas as a meditative exercise. Meaning that after spending countless hours creating these intricate designs, grain by colored grain of sand, they are willingly destroyed - illustrating the concepts of non-attachment and impermanence. So, to be able to examine these close up and personal was very exciting for us as I don't know where or when we would be able to see this again.
The energy there is lovely, the admission fee very reasonable and the experience memorable.
Very close to the Painted Church and Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau National Park and we saw all three in one day and never felt rushed in the least.

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Reviewed November 9, 2012

The gardens honor religious diversity as a theme with gorgeous settings and local flowers, shrubs and trees of the Big Island of Hawaii.

Thank scuba312
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

This was one of the delightful unexpected finds during our recent trip to the Big Island. At an admission fee of next-to-nothing, you can enjoy an unbelievable view out through the gardens to the ocean. The day we visited, we hardly noticed any other visitors, feeling like we had the place to ourselves. Peacemaking philosophies of many religious traditions are represented here, but it is not necessary to subscribe to any religion to take in the beauty and calm of this place. Be sure to check out the organic produce for sale on your way out!

Thank ExploreVA
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

This is a special space filled with nature - beautiful flowers, trees, plants and a lava tube with petroglyphs and many spiritual shrines to wander as you wish. I've never seen so many loaded mango trees. On the way in, be sure to say "hi" to Harry the parrot who is happy to greet you. The galaxy is accurately represented as a beautiful garden maze. Even people from NASA were impressed.
So set your GPS and journey to this hidden treasure next time you are on the Big Island. You won't be disappointed.

Thank mollygee
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Reviewed May 7, 2012

My wife and I stumbled upon this delightful garden after visiting The Place of refuge and the Painted Church. Not your typical botanical garden, although the plants and trees are lovely, it is more zen-like with many shrines representing various religions. There is also an interesting lava tube containing petroglyphs.
A great respite from the regular tourist stops in th area.

Thank gr8yt
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