Grandmaster Riley Lee, world-renowned shakuhachi (traditional 7th Century Japanese bamboo flute) master, performs a one-hour concert live and online on Sunday, September 18, 2023 at 4PM HT (7PM PDT, 10PM EDT). As the first non-Japanese to have achieved the rank of grandmaster, Riley Lee mastered the ancient Japanese ceremonial flute and attained the title of Grandmaster over 40 years ago through rigorous training—including practicing barefoot in the snow and playing his flute under a waterfall. There is a minimum $25 donation for the live performance which includes a recording of the concert. More info: Benefit Online Concert with Grandmaster Riley Lee | Lawai International Foundation (lawaicenter.org) and Lawai International Center, Kauai, Hawaii (lawaicenter.org)
Drawn by its healing energy, the ancient Hawaiians walked there from the far reaches of Kauaʻi island. The Asian immigrants followed, and they too, built their temples: a Taoist temple, Shinto shrine, and Shingon Buddhist temple. Today, Lawai International Center is a non-profit community project driven by volunteers, to bring the valley back to prominence as an international center of compassion, education, and cultural understanding. A journey to this site will reveal the thread that unites the Hawaiians, the immigrants, and dedicated community of modern residents.
For 19 years, during the Pilgrimage of Compassion at Lawai International Center, Grandmaster Lee led the procession from the beginning of the pilgrimage to the uppermost shrine. When he plays his shakuhachi at Lawai, Grandmaster Lee sets in motion the forces of earth and air, people and place, and the swirling power of the ha.
Lawai International Center is a gathering place for all people to hear what is not said, to see what cannot be seen, to feel what cannot be touched, to know peace and to receive the true spirit of Aloha.