Kauai’s Hindu Monastery

Discover a Tranquil Oasis at Kauai's Hindu Monastery
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4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of your action-packed Hawaii vacation? Look no further than Kauai's Hindu Monastery. This fascinating working monastery offers a restful retreat for visitors looking to reflect, meditate, or simply soak in the splendor of some truly breathtaking surroundings. 

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

Kauai is known for its stunning natural beauty. There’s no better place to take it all in than Kauai’s Hindu Monastery. Located along the tranquil banks of the Wailua River in the shadow of a sacred volcano, this hidden gem is a serene spot for connecting with the world around you — and with your innermost thoughts and emotions. 

Also known as Kauai Aadheenam, Kauai’s Hindu Monastery was established more than 50 years ago as a spiritual headquarters and theological seminary for Hindus. Himalayan Academy, Hinduism Today magazine, and Hindu Heritage Endowment are also located here.

While Kauai’s Hindu Monastery remains a working monastery and home for the 19 monks who self-sufficiently live on its grounds, public visitors are welcome to partake in appreciation, reflection, and medication at this spiritual sanctuary.

A traditional South-Indian style monastery-temple complex, Kauai’s Hindu Monastery is set on 382 wandering acres, which are home to hundreds of Indian plants and palms that feature in the Hindu tradition. In addition to verdant tropical flora and fauna, you’ll also find awe-inspiring sculptures and two traditional temples.  

There are many ways to enjoy your visit to Kauai’s Hindu Monastery. You have your choice of guided and self-guided tours. (If you choose the latter, just download the map online or pick it up at the entrance when you arrive.) 

As you explore, prepare to be astounded by the astonishing sights and sounds you’ll encounter. One such wonder? The Shanmuga Banyan Tree. Sheltering a massive granite statue of the six-faced deity, Lord Shanmuga, and offering six meditation platforms integrated in its aerial roots, it’s a perfect place to convene with nature and yourself.

You don’t have to be religious to benefit from a visit to Kauai’s Hindu Monastery. While some people choose to pray, others simply reflect while savoring extraordinary views of lush gardens, bubbling streams, a small waterfall, and, of course, the magnificent Wailua River. 

However you choose to spend your time at Kauai’s Hindu Monastery, you’re guaranteed to depart feeling calmed and restored. 

Insider Tips:
-Plan ahead and time your trip wisely. Kauai’s Hindu Monastery is only open to the public in the morning hours. Additionally, if you want to access the small monastery temple for personal worship and/or reflection, submit a reservation request in advance. 
-Be sure to dress appropriately. Modest clothing is requested. (No tank tops, yoga pants, t-shirts, or shorts.) If you do show up in shorts, a sarong will be provided for covering up. You should also be prepared to remove your shoes before entering the temple.
-Food isn’t provided at the monastery, so plan accordingly. There is a grove with picnic tables if you want to pack a meal to enjoy during your visit.