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The Sacred Falls International Meditation Center was born in the heart of Kaliuwa’a (the Hawaiian name of Sacred Falls) in the pristine North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Kaliuwa’a is revered by the Hawaiian community as a sacred place because of its legends and cultural heritage. This is the ideal setting and environment for spiritual cultivation, healing and growth. The Center seeks to honor the legacy of Kaliuwa’a and its significance to Hawaii as the Center is becoming a refuge for those needing solace and searching to cultivate physical and spiritual well-being.

The Center was founded by the Venerable Panekhao Nyanadharo. The Venerable has been ordained for more than 50 years and founded the first Forest monastery in Tournon, France, in 1977. He has traveled the world to share the Buddha’s teaching on peace, compassion and spiritual harmony.

In 2014, the Venerable Panekao visited Hawaii and decided to help the Hawaii Laotian community build the Wat Lao Buddha Sacksith. While visiting Sacred Falls, he envisioned this sacred place as being the hub to inspire harmony, spiritual growth and world peace.

“This is a sacred place, which has the power to downplay our daily worries and connect us to something beyond. I am struck by its beauty, and something here almost forces you to inner silence and peace”.

Our History

The current steward of the place is the Wat Lao Buddha Sacksith (Lao Buddhist Foundation of Hawaii) and its lay community. Our Center has rooted traditions in the Forest Monastic tradition of Buddhism, which follows the path of the Buddha who 2,600 years ago found enlightenment under a tree in the forest.

Whether you want to join our Vipassana Meditation or other programs, our Center will always welcome you or your group regardless of your faith.

The Center is offering an eclectic program designed to improve one’s well-being, including spiritual/meditation retreats and workshops on holistic healing practices.​

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