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Dec 01

Lahaina Jodo Mission- Maui

Temple BellLahaina Jodo Mission as it stands now was built in the late 60s and early 70s.  It is a replica of an authentic Japanese Buddhist Temple and is home to one of the largest Buddha statues outside of Japan.  The great Buddha and the temple bell were placed in this spot in 1968 to commemorate the 100 year celebration of the first Japanese immigrants to arrive in Hawaii.  Two years later the main temple and  pagoda were added to the complex. 
Jodo Mission GroundsWhile neither Karen nor I are Buddhist we did enjoy the time that we spent there.  Just looking at the architecture of the structures there and the intricacies of them was very interesting.  I will say that I did feel a sense of calm when I entered the grounds; though Karen and I were the only tourist there I do not think that we spoke above a whisper to each other the entire time we were there.
Lahaina Jodo Mission BuddhaThe statue of the Buddha is twelve feet tall and weighs over three tons.  It is a massive statue that is very fascinating to look at.  However I thought the most interesting thing there was the pagoda.  It stands about 90 feet tall and its roofs are pure copper.  The neat thing about the copper roof is that each shingle was individually hand-made and interlocks on all four sides making it look like one continuous sheet. 
PagodaThe Lahaina Jodo Mission is a very quick stop when you are on the north end of Lahaina.  It is free to walk around the grounds, but you can donate money in some of the lock boxes they have around it to help pay for the upkeep.  I would say that Karen and I were there for less than thirty minutes.  If you are in the area we highly recommend that you stop by and look at some fascinating architecture.  Just make sure you are very respectful when you enter the Lahaina Jodo Mission grounds. 

Lahaina Jodo Mission
located at 12 Ala Moana Street
For more information about the mission check out their website at  http://www.lahainajodomission.org/index.php

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