Greenhouse Addition

The Siddhidata Kulam has been working overtime to get strawberries, cucumbers and a variety of kales and chards growing and into the kitchen as soon as possible. Here are some photos of their journey into finishing the greenhouse addition.

Noni Building Blessing, 2018

What was just an empty field April 27th last year is today a fully finished and equipped processing facility for noni from our certified organic orchard located across the river from the monastery on land leased from the State. The orchard's eight acres has proved to be a successful "cash crop" which ultimately will support all the agricultural activity on the 312 acre parcel. This 24 foot by 56 foot building is one of the few we've built "from scratch" at the monastery and was a bit of a challenge to manage. But it is now finished and exactly what we needed to clean, ferment and press what becomes "Wailua River Noni Juice." Since its inception, the monastery has always maintain agricultural activities. Earlier it was honey production on a commercial scale; now, with the acquisition of the large parcel of former sugar cane land it is noni, nursery trees and hardwood trees. One benefit of this agricultural activity is to keep the monastery closely tied to the local community of our rural island. Our thanks to architect Thamby Kumaran who did the building plans as a donation, to Easvan Param who installed all the electrical wiring and to all the others who helped.

You can buy our noni on eBay, visit us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram @wailua_river_noni.

Holiday Helpers

The Minimela is blessed to have a full team of hardworking sevaks take the inventory and price checking by storm. This devoted group spent hours chipping at the endless supply of new Minimela items and getting their tags and prices in order.

Washing Iraivan Temple

A new once-a-month cleaning routine has been activated for Iraivan Temple, and the first of the ongoing cleanings has been performed by Nirvani Tejadevanatha and Natyam Dayanatha using the new Genie Boom Lift Operator. A closeup of the control panel inside the lift cabin. Natyam Dayanatha is today's operator, while Nirvani Tejadevanatha operates the pressure washing wand—carefully cleaning the temple stone. The two monks run through a list of pre-cleaning protocols, checking safety measures and operator awareness. Here we go!   Up up and way, the two use the boom's powerful arm to get hoisted into the air and right up close to the stone. Amazing!   The cleaning begins. The temple is in much need of regular upkeep and input of energy. The soon-to-be arrival of stone carvers and this new cleaning routine is really feeling good and the Iraivan area is starting to feel that activity buzz once again. Jai! Thank you to all the donors who help support this giant project.        

Growing Shitake Mushrooms

After several months of trial and error, the monks have learned a system to successfully grow Shitake mushrooms. Shitake mushrooms have many great health benefits as well as being quite tasty!

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