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Saturday
Sep212013

Sunday, Oct. 6 Lawai International Center comes alive

It's time for hearts to unite on the sacred grounds of Lawai International Center. The Center welcomes all to the dedication of the Hall of Compassion at the 13th annual Pilgrimage of Compassion on Sunday, October 6th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The program will start at 2:30 p.m. celebrating the timeless spiritual vision of a valley long recognized as a healing sanctuary.

After 23 years of preparation, the Hall of Compassion, a hand carved structure true to 13th century architecture, will be unveiled. Buildings similar to the Hall of Compassion have been known to remain standing for a minimum of 1,000 years. For the past 9 months over 400 volunteers and supporters have dedicated time and support to the creation of this extraordinary structure. Through their caring hearts, they are the embodiment of the spirit of Lawai.

Grandmaster Riley Lee, world-renowned shakuhachi flutist will issue a call to the pilgrims of the world. Carried by the wind through the trees, the soothing sounds of Grandmaster Lee's shakuhachi are the voice of Lawai International Center. Riley Lee's Grandmaster designation did not come easily. He attained the rank 30 years ago after rigorous training that included practicing barefoot in the snow, blowing his flute while standing under a waterfall, and playing in blizzards until icicles formed at the tip of his flute. He has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

The rarely seen children of Ni`ihau will chant and the members of Taiko Kaua`i will add their drumbeats to the celebration of birth of the Hall of Compassion. There will also be a bonsai exhibit, ikebana demos, bake sale, silent auction, as well as mochi and taro pounding and cultural culinary demos along with Keiki Land for the children.

Lawai International Center is a nonprofit , nondenominational community project driven by its volunteers, whose earnest efforts are bringing the valley back to prominence as an international center of compassion, education, and cultural understanding.

Please bring an umbrella and wear comfortable shoes for this hillside walk. And if possible, please car pool and arrive early to facilitate parking. The gates open at 1:00 p.m. with demonstrations and exhibits open. The program starts at 2:30 p.m.

Donations are gratefully accepted. For more information contact LM@hawaii.rr.com, call 639-5952 or visit www.lawaicenter.org