It’s time for hearts to unite on the sacred grounds of Lawai International Center. The center welcomes all to the 13th annual Pilgrimage of Compassion from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday with the program starting at 2:30 p.m. to celebrate a timeless spiritual vision in a valley long recognized as a healing sanctuary.
The pilgrimage will take visitors passed 88 historic shrines. World-renowned shakuhachi (Japanese flute) Grand Master Riley Lee – will issue a call to the pilgrims of the world.
The soothing sounds of Lee’s shakuhachi are the voice of Lawai International Center.
The evening includes chanting by Kumu Hokuao Kaohelaulii-Manson of Niihau, and the dynamic drumbeats of members of Taiko Kauai. There will also be a bonsai exhibit, ikebana demos, bake sale, silent auction and mochi pounding and cultural culinary demos.
Lawai International Center is a nonprofit driven by its volunteers, whose efforts are bringing the valley back to prominence as an international center of compassion, education and cultural understanding.
“A journey to this site will reveal the thread that unites the Hawaiians, the immigrants, and a dedicated community of modern residents,” according to a press release. “In the folds of this wondrous valley shines a healing and cultural center for all pilgrims of the world — a beacon of aloha and compassion when the world needs it most.”
Bring an umbrella and wear comfortable shoes for this hillside walk. And if possible, carpool and arrive early to facilitate parking. The gates open at 1 p.m. with demonstrations and exhibits open and the program starts at 2:30 p.m.
Donations are accepted. Info: 639-4300 or visit lawaicenter.org.
• Gates Open: 1 p.m.
• Silent auction: 1 to 4:30 p.m.
• Mochi pounding demos: 1:15 p.m. and 1:45 p.m.
• Bonsai exhibit and demos: 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Taro pounding: 1 and 2:30 p.m.
• Lei making: 1 to 2:30 p.m.
• Coconut weaving: 1 and 2:30 p.m.
• Ikebana Demos: 1 and 2:30 p.m.
• Calligraphy demos: 1 and 4:30 p.m.
• Cultural culinary demos: 1 and 1:50 p.m.
• Program and pilgrimage: 2:30 pm: Riley Lee, Taiko Kauai
• Silent auction ends: 4:30 p.m.