Cement Pour

The Siddhidata Kulam monks are pouring a cement slab today, just one of the many tasks that this department looks over.

Quartzite Platform Finished

It's done! The golden-hued platform that will be the stage for a thousand years for our silpi bronze master works is completed. The 35-foot oval is nestled amid mature palm trees about 200 feet North of Iraivan Temple. At its center is the massive, 9-foot-long raw stone, quarried from the same mountain as the temple itself, but not carved.

This Summer the bronzes will one by one take their place on the stage, creating an outdoor workshop that pilgrims can explore to see how the temple was constructed.

Bronze Memorial Foundation is Poured

The Ganapati Kulam teamed up with our grounds manager Doug Noggle and poured a nine-yard foundation for the future Bronze Memorial. The giant granite stone in the middle is going to be home for our Gurudeva centerpiece.

Noni Building Groundbreaking

For some time now the monastery has been producing a small amount of commercial noni juice. This Noni Juice project is part of an initiative to support our mahogany, rosewood and koa hardwood forests while they grow. We have over 1000 Noni trees on our Himalayan Acres agricultural land on the other side of the Wailua River, which we harvest fruit from. The fruit is then washed and barreled, allowing it to naturally ferments itself into noni juice. This juice is then sent to a commercial bottler. Up until now the monks have had to rent a commercial kitchen for a day and haul thousands of pounds of equipment and product to and from that kitchen in order to create this juice.

But no more! Today (well, yesterday) we mark the official groundbreaking of our new noni processing building, unofficially known as "Hale Noni" meaning "House of Noni." Inside this building, which will be a licensed commercial kitchen, our monks will be able to perform the otherwise tremendous task of juicing noni, with ease! The process will be much more efficient and enjoyable.

Beginning with a Ganesha puja by Yoginathaswami, our monks performed a ground breaking on the North Eastern corner of the soon-to-be building and blessed the earth beneath. Jai Ganesha!

New Tile Around Ganesha

We've recently improved the small walkway around the Nepali Ganesha shrine at the monastery's entrance. Thanks to a generous donation, we were able to have the area around the shrine covered in quartzite. It's a big improvement over the rough path that was there all these years. Now Pilgrims can walk around Lord Ganesha in comfort. Aum Gam Ganapataye Namah!

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