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Hawai`i Sittings

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The Hawai‘i Island sangha meets in North Kohala Sundays at 4:00 pm:

Buddha statue in lei of Hawaiian flowers

4:00 – 4:45 – Silent Sitting Meditation
4:45 – 5:30 (only when a teacher is on island) – Dhamma talk, questions and answers.

Everyone Welcome – No charge – Dana for teachers accepted – Please arrive on time.
Bring a cushion if desirable. Chairs are available.
IMG_7343From either Waimea (Mountain Road) or Kona (Queen Ka`ahumanu Hwy.), reach Akoni Pule Highway (Hwy 270), and drive in the direction of Pololu look-out. Go through Kapa`au town, past the statue of King Kamehameha. Pretty soon you will pass the Hongwanji Mission on your right and dip into a gulch (Halawa) and back out again. On your right you will pass a Chinese temple followed by the Rankin Gallery. Begin looking for a “Halawa Catholic Cemetery” sign on your left (ocean side), turn left into the road directly after the sign – (before the “Do Not Pass” sign, before you pass the 26 mile marker, and before the one-lane bridge. If you cross the one-lane bridge you have gone too far).

At the T, turn left again. Stay on this uneven road through a tunnel of trees (Pratt Rd) until you reach its end. (You will pass the entrances to HIP Agriculture and Inhabit on your right and continue on through a gate into another tunnel of trees). When you can drive no further along Pratt Rd, take a right onto Vipassana Hawai`i’s land. Sometimes the gate remains closed until about a quarter to 4, so if you arrive early, just walk in or wait for one of the local Sangha to unlock it.

Kohala Map

Vipassana Hawai’i O‘ahu sangha meets in Honolulu Sundays at 5:00 pm: 

The Bodhi Tree, 654 N Judd St, Honolulu, Hawai’i  96817

For driving directions please view this map.

5:00 – 5:45 – Silent Sitting Meditation

5:45 – 6:30 – Dhamma talk, sharing reflections and practice experiences, questions, and answers.

IMG_3838Weekly mindfulness meditation practice for beginners through seasoned practitioners. This session is free and open to the public and no advanced registration is needed. Voluntary donations to the temple will be gratefully accepted.

Our location for the Bodhi Tree is 654 North Judd Street, Honolulu. There is plenty of street parking on the same side of the street as the temple. Please note there are several flights of stairs up to the facility. For driving directions please view this map.

Sunday Sitting Practice Leaders at the Bodhi Tree:

October 2018
10/21 – Niki Miller
10/28 – Matt Hawkins

November 2018
11/4 – Jesse Vega
11/11 – Thanh Huynh
11/18 –
11/25 – Samantha Tavares

December 2018
12/2 – Steven Smith and Michele McDonald
12/9 – Harry Palmer
12/16 – Matt Hawkins
12/23 – Quynh Nguyen
12/30 – Niki Miller

Other Vipassana Sittings on O’ahu: 

Bodhi Tree Meditation CenterIMG_3846

654A North Judd Street
Honolulu, HI (96817)

Wednesday 6:30 – 8 p.m.   Led by Joe Bright

Vipassana at the Palolo Zen Center

PZC Stone StatueFridays from 9am-noon

Please note, this sitting period is self-directed with no instructions or talks and is intended for experienced practitioners.

On the final Friday of each month, the group works in the Zen Center garden in thanks for the generous use of the space.

Please email Niki Miller with any questions


Broken Ridge Meditation Group

Mu-Ryang Sa  Temple

2420 Halelaau Place

Every Saturday 4-6pm

Monthly half-day retreats

Led by: Gregory Pai, Ph.D.

Email Greg Pai for more information.


Honolulu Dhamma Community

Thanh and Xuan Huynh lead weekend retreats once a month at the outdoor park on

Hawaii Loa Ridge. The retreat is held on both Saturday and Sunday during the day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., every second weekend of the month (except during formal retreat time).

Email Thanh Huynh for more information.

Aloha Sangha

Thursday 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

3241 Alani Drive, Honolulu

Led by Tom Marx

Kailua Insight Meditation Group

The Kailua Insight Meditation Group (KIMG) meets Wednesday evenings from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Kailua Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, located at 268 A Kuulei Road in Kailua, at the end of a small lane behind the 7-11 store, across the street from the Kailua Library.

E-mail Niki Miller for more information