By Rayne Regush on 25 March 2011 for Wailua-Kapaa Neighborhood Association -
Image above: Meditation pavilion overlooking the Wailua River at Kauai Hindu Monastery. Photo by Juan Wilson.
Presentation on sustainability of Kauai Hindu Monastery
Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Kapa‘a Library Meeting Room
Guest speakers Paramacharya Palaniswami and Sannyasin Yoginathaswami of Saiva Siddhanta Church, also known as Kauai’s Hindu Monastery, will discuss the important role of self-sufficiency within the monastery’s lifestyle of religious practice. The 353-acre spiritual sanctuary established in 1970 along the north fork of Wailua River, is an outstanding example of a community living sustainably. The monks grow about 80% of their food and tend a small herd of cows for milk.
Organic gardens, herbs, healing plants and hundreds of tropical fruit trees and hardwood trees are cultivated. They mill their own lumber as well. Much can be learned from their sustainable practices -- their exceptional green waste system and approach to soil building, construction techniques, and renewable energy solutions which provide electricity for two of their buildings so far.
The monastery’s initiatives set a compelling example for Kaua‘i in fostering food security and self-reliance, and managing natural resources. Meetings are free and open to the public. A portion will include updates on local issues. For information about W-KNA, to renew your membership or become a new member, please visit www.wkna.org or contact Sid Jackson at 821-2837. .