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Kauai Hindu Temple Photo

I had a delightful experience today when I "stumbled across" a tour of the Hindu temple being build above Kapaa on our little island of Kauai.  Granite slabs are being hand-chisled in India and shipped 10,000 miles to Kauai for the construction which has been ongoing since 1991.  The gold leaf dome overlays are stunning in the bright Kauai sunshine.

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Comment balloon 13 commentsRichard T. Dolbeare • October 14 2009 10:50PM

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Great photo thanks for sharing!

Posted by Dan Edwards 425-276-7008 (Keller Williams Realty - Bellevue) almost 9 years ago

I will actually be in Kauai in November on my 1st real vacation in 3 years.  Maybe I will stop by and check this out in person.

Posted by Christine McInerney, The McInerney Team, Knoxville TN Homes For Sale (The McInerney Team with Realty Executives Associates) almost 9 years ago

That is incredible I would love to see something like that going up!

Posted by Heather Adkinson, Real Estate Agent - Moses Lake (Windermere K-2 Realty LLC www.propertiesinmoseslake.com) almost 9 years ago

There should be lots of time left to see the construction as it looks like an endless project to me.  So far it's 18 years and counting.  Everything is being done by hand, even the quarrying of the granite is by hand rather than dynamite.

Christine & Jennifer- How cool that you are coming to Kauai.  Let's network over lunch one day.

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (KW Island Living) almost 9 years ago

Beautiful! where is Kauai?

Posted by Gabriela Agostinelli, your full time agent! (RE/MAX100) almost 9 years ago

ToulaRosebrock.comHi Richard:

How lucky to be there on Kauai!!!!

Looks like an interesting structure going up.

Posted by Toula Rosebrock, Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township, (Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ) almost 9 years ago

Richard - That is a great picture.  And how interesting that they've been working on this since 1991.  And it looks like the granite work is really ornate.  Beautiful. 

Posted by Susan Brown (Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too)) almost 9 years ago

Gabriela-  We're in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, please come visit!

Hi Toula- It's an immense project with no particular end date in mind.  I think it's a labor of love.

 

Susan- The granite is all hand-chisled, even the designs--no power tools.

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (KW Island Living) almost 9 years ago

Boy, that is beautiful, Richard.  An Indian friend of mine's daughter and son-in-law are moving to Oahu.  I will have to make sure they visit. (Sorry, he is being housed by the Navy :) )

Posted by Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market (Home Jane Realty) almost 9 years ago

Hi Jane- Have them call first.  There are tours twice a week but the days vary.

 

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (KW Island Living) almost 9 years ago

Very beautiful, but most temples and churches are. I always have to wonder, though, if someone's God needs that, or if the money could better be spent to house the homeless, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the sick............

Posted by Not a real person almost 9 years ago

Eighteen years is a long time to build such a building, still I marvel at the detail and that it is all hand crafted.  It's really a beautiful building - thanks for posting it Richard!

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) almost 9 years ago

Throughout history, castles and churches have been some of the grandest buildings.  I'd heard of this one for years before I finally went to see it and it was quite an interesting tour.

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (KW Island Living) almost 9 years ago

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