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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!
Cleveland, Ohio
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153 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Worth a Visit”
Reviewed April 24, 2013

We happened upon these gardens on the way back from the painted church. This is worth a visit if you're into flora. There are several gardens each devoted to peace as preached by various religious groups. The setting is peaceful and relatively flat. A lot of color in these gardens and an occasional gecko on the flowers. We really enjoyed the visit offered at a nominal entry fee. Some of my best vacation pictures were taken in the galaxy gardens.

Visited April 2013
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Eastham, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“historic and beautiful”
Reviewed March 25, 2013

a real gem of Hawaiian culture. tikis, canoes, steeped in history, this place has a spiritual quality that`s undeniable.

Visited March 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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53 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Beautifully unique”
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.

Visited December 2012
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Ottawa, Canada
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170 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“A sanctuary in the open air”
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.

Visited October 2012
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Christiansburg, Virginia
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Peace Garden lives up to the name”
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!

Visited October 2012
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