Svayambhu Lingam Mandapam

The Path of San Marga, or Straight Path to God, culminates at a large, naturally formed lava-rock Sivalingam surrounded by four smaller boulders, just as seen by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami in his 1975 mystic vision of Lord Siva which inspired and catalyzed the creation of the San Marga Iraivan Temple and Sanctuary. A sacred pavilion—both shrine and meditation hall—will be erected here, with twelve white columns rising into a roof that seems to float in space. Elaborate, colorful murals in traditional South Indian style will adorn the ceiling, depicting Gurudeva’s vision.

Hale Noni

In 2017 the monks built a simple 24’ by 54’ facility for processing the noni (Morinda citrafolia) fruits harvested from our Himalayan Acres land across the river. Here noni fruits are fermented in barrels, then squeezed with a bladder press to separate out the healing juice. Noni is known equally in India and here in Hawaii, where it was one of the 26 “canoe plants” brought to the islands around 400 CE by Polynesian navigators from the Marquesas Islands. They had traveled 2,000 miles by outrigger sailing canoes, bringing with them their foods, medicines (noni), trees and bamboo for building materials and flowers.

San Marga


The pathway which leads to Iraivan Temple. It means “True path.” A term especially important in Saiva Siddhanta. 1) In general, the straight spiritual path leading to the ultimate goal, Self Realization, which does not detour into unnecessary psychic exploration, pointless development of siddhis or karmic quagmires. San Margi names a person who is “on the path,” as opposed to samsari, one engrossed in worldliness. 2) San Marga is also an alternate term for the jnana pada. This path is almost 3,000 feet long, with tropical gardens on either side. It leads to Ganesha, Muruga and ultimately to Siva.

Kenikeni Mandapam


This six-sided gazebo at our entrance is a gathering place for visitors. A large informational poster introduces the monastery’s life, history and Iraivan Temple timeline. A rose-granite urn at the center is used for burning written notes containing past emotional experiences and difficult karmas that burden one’s mind.

Aerial Video