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“A Buddhist Quiet”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Wood Valley Temple

Wood Valley Temple
Hilo, Hawaii
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18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A Buddhist Quiet”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2013

I havent been there since the Dalai Lama came, and I've only been 3 times, but I would like to go again. I am not particularly any religion, but the feeling of being in a monastary or spiritual center is a lovely thing. It is a Buddhist Temple where monks live and practice, I dont know if they have tours- I didnt go there on one. It is a long drive, which adds to the sense of a pilgrimage. into a beautiful valley. A nice sojourn.

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English first
Seattle WA
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Best Place in Hawai"i to Relax”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

The retreat center is the most relaxing place in the islands. Accommodations are comfortable, with tropcial, Asian themes in the rooms. We fixed lovely meals in the kitchen. We've traveled world wide and have returned here year after year to enjoy this magical place, bringing our children who now as adults return on their own to visit. Easy drive to Volanco National Park and down to the shore. This is a piece of old Hawai'i that few get to experience in this congested age in other parts of the islands. It's an hour to Hilo and an hour and half to the bustle of Kona. As empty nesters on our last trip we explored it all from hour base at the temple retreat.

Visited November 2012
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Pahoa, Hawaii
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46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Beautiful Peaceful Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012

The architecture is excellent and the Dali Lama came there a couple years ago and it is a must see...

Visited September 2012
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Waikoloa
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44 reviews
26 attraction reviews
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“Asian history and beauty”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2012

We are very much into Asian everything and found this beautiful setting.
Nice day to wander and learn about the history of this cultural setting.
Took many pictures and even framed some as it enhanced my home.

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1 Thank chris H
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New York, NY
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Peaceful temple for peaceful mind”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2012 via mobile

Wood valley temple

Very quiet peaceful place.  If you like meditation, zen etc, might worth to stop by between volcano and Kona.  Take pikake street from highway 11.  GPS will take you middle of nowhere, so it's better go to their web nechung.org to get an accurate direction.
You will see red/orangish roof on your right and will not miss it.  We stopped by in the morning to visit and pray.  Monk came to see us to greet and thank you.  It used be a Japanese temple - nichiren shu when Japanese were working for sugar cane business.  Temple was left behind and it become Tibetan temple since 1975.

とてものどかで平和な場所にあります。ボルケーノとコナの間にありますのでもしお寺等が好きな方は立ち寄ってみるのもいいかもしれません。以前は日蓮宗の日本人が作ったお寺だった様でそののごりがあちこちにみられます。GPSでは正確な場所が得られません。ハイウェイ11からパハラの街に入ったらピカケ通りをずっと奥の方に進んで下さい。15分程でオレンジ赤色のカラフルなお寺が右手にみえます。

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