Hundreds of people took advantage of the once-a-year Pilgrimage of Compassion to experience the spirit of Lawai that wrapped around the souls of people in the area maintained by the Lawai International Center.
Shakuhachi grandmaster Riley Lee enhanced the experience with his soothing notes from a Japanese flute. Taiko Kauai welcomed the guests with a medley of performances, including a creation inspired by the winds that blow through the Lawai Valley and up the hillside housing miniature temples.
New experiences in the place came from performances by the sanshin group and hula performers from the Kawaikini New Century Public Charter School in Puhi.
More enhancements appeared in the special silent auction, baked goods sale, tea house and craft areas featuring the culture of the area.