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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 is welcome.
  • No charge.
  • Dana for teachers is welcome.
  • Please arrive on time.
  • Bring a cushion if desired.
  • Chairs are available.
  • Weather in Kohala can be unpredictable so please bring additional clothing appropriate for rain or cold

From either Waimea (Mountain Road) or Kona (Queen Ka`ahumanu Hwy.),

On Akoni Pule Highway (Hwy 270), 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 the Chinese Tong Wo Society temple followed by the Rankin Gallery in the Wo On Storefront.

Begin looking for three signs: “No Passing Zone” and “Halawa Catholic Cemetery” on your left (ocean side) and “one-lane bridge” sign on the right (mountain side), turn left into the dirt road directly at those signs.

(The left is 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 with several gates, turn left onto Pratt Rd. Stay on this uneven road through a tunnel of trees until you go through an open gate.(You will pass the entrances to HIP Agriculture and Inhabit Sanctuary on your right). 

Sometimes the gate remains closed until about a quarter to 4, so if you arrive early, just wait for one of the local Sangha to unlock it. Continue to drive along the tunnel of trees until you can take a right through Vipassana Hawai`i’s gate (on which we have a sign) and follow the mowed path to our sitting area.

New Entrance for Kohala Sunday Sitting!

Starting in November 10th we will begin using a new entrance to our land at Halelua.

Head east on Akoni Pule Hwy (270) toward Pololu from Kapa’au Town.

You will pass Arakaki Market on your right and then Kohala Middle School on your left.

The road will dip down and then pull up a gentle hill passing mile marker 25 on your right.

Directly after mile marker 25, at the top of the hill, you will take a left into gates leading to a long road headed makai (toward the ocean).

The gate should be open 15 minutes before the sitting. If not open yet, just park to the side and wait.

Pass through the gate and follow the road all the way to Pratt Rd. Hang right and take your first left through the gate onto our land. Follow the path between the palms on your left to the Sunday sitting tent!

Vipassana Hawai’i O‘ahu Sangha meets in Honolulu

Sundays at 5:00 pm

Bodhi Tree Meditation Center

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.

Weekly 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. 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:

(Empty slots will be filled as practice leaders sign up)


12/1 – Harry Palmer

12/8 – Joe Bright

12/15 – Quynh Nguyen

12/22 – Matt Hawkins

12/29 – Joe Bright

11/3 – Xuan Huynh

12/29 – Joe Bright

January 2020

1/5 – Niki Miller

1/12  Quynh Nguyen

1/19 – Quynh Nguyen

1/26 Joe Bright

February 2020

2/2 – Thanh Huynh

2/9 – Xuan Huynh

2/16 – Matt Hawkins

2/23 – Mark Nokes

March 2020

3/1 – Xuan Huynh

3/8  – Niki Miller

3/15  – Harry Palmer

3/22 – Matt Hawkins

3/29  – Matt Hawkins

Other Vipassana Sittings on O’ahu: 

Bodhi Tree Meditation Center

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 Statue

Fridays 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 7:30 PM

Aloha Sangha meets in our home in Palolo Valley at 2439 A Holomua Place, for meditation and discussion inspired by early Buddhism. All are welcome. For more info and directions, see

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