|A temple in progress.|
|A peek into the interior of the Iraivan Temple.|
|Views from the Pali Lookout.|
However, once a week a guided tour is offered, and this tour passes the Kadavul Temple through the botanical gardens to the area where the Iraivan Temple is being built. When we visited the monastery nine years ago, we were led by the monk who was in charge of all the plants on the property. In addition to talking about the history of the monastery, Gurudeva, and the building of the temple, he shared a lot with us about the various types of vegetation. On our visit nine years later we were led by a Hindu man who also works with the plants, but his focus was more on Gurudeva’s history as he had known Gurudeva for a few decades. Not only did we get to see the progress of the building of the Iraivan temple over nine years, we were also able to learn from a different perspective.
While not the usual Hawaiian vacation activity, visiting Kauai’s Hindu Monastery is an interesting addition to a Kauai itinerary. You’ll learn a little about the Hindu religion, stroll through a beautiful, lush garden, and witness the construction of a hand carved temple.
Guided tours of Kauai’s Hindu Monastery are offered approximately once a week starting at 9:00 a.m. and last for about 90 minutes. The tour is free, but reservations are required to reserve a parking spot. Call the monastery for tour dates and reservations. Modest clothing is required, which means no shorts, short dresses, t-shirts, or tank tops. Sarongs are available. The phone number and other visitor information can be found on their website.