Today 18 elders visited the Aadheenam from the Kalaheo Senior center. Some of them have visited before with the center and looked forward to seeing the progress. Others had visited back in the days of the "Tropical Inn" before Gurudeva purchased the property. While under the large banyan tree one of Japanese decent reminisced of the days when there were many such giant trees on the island. They could swing out into the ocean on a rope tied to the branches and swim back to shore. However, during WWII, the large trees were cut down to protect the shores from potential hiding places for enemy troops along the costal shores.
It is always enriching to share the beauty of the temple with our island residents.
Molly Leon, a professional photographer, poet and blogger was one of our visitors recently and shared these beautiful photos with us. Please check her out at mollyleonstudios.com
Over the three day retreat, Senthilnathaswami and Nilakanthanatha took our three taskforcers Adi, Vel and Roshan, and our upakurvana, Sivarathna, on an outing to the other side of Kauai. While the east side of the island is lush and green, the west side is much dryer. The group traveled to the town of Waimea, where they took the road up the mountain to see Waimea Canyon. They enjoyed lunch together in Kokee park, visited the Kalalau lookout--which was unfortunately cloudy--and then went for a hike through the mountain forests.
Yesterday, three of the monks made a short visit to Kauai's annual farm fair. It is one of the largest events held on the island each year. The fair draws thousands of people from around the island to enjoy the food, carnival rides, animals, crafts, booths and the vegetable, orchid and bonsai competitions.
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