Labyrinths on Maui

I am sort of known as “the Labyrinth Lady” on Maui as I has been offering Monthly Full Moon Labyrinth Walks on Maui since 1996. Below is my labyrinth at “The Sacred Garden.” Access to the labyrinth is free (donations appreciated!) and open to the public daily 10-5 or by special arrangement. The Sacred Garden is located in Makawao at 460 Kaluanui Road. 808-573-7700. The garden is operated by the Divine Nature Alliance a 501(c)3 public charity and your donations and purchases ensure that the garden is able to remain open to the public for those in need of solace, safety, peace, and beauty. The garden serves as a place of inspiration and beauty, comfort for grieving, space for celebrating and self-discovery, and for meditation, contemplation and reflection.

The 11-circuit labyrinth is located on the other side of the greenhouse (please access through the greenhouse) in a grove of Kukui Trees. The Sacred Garden is also home of a 7-circuit labyrinth inside of the greenhouse.

Part of my labyrinth ministry on Maui has been to provide labyrinth weddings on a portable canvas labyrinth or on the labyrinth at The Sacred Garden, in which the bride and groom walk in separately, letting go of the past. They share their vows when they find each other in the heart of the labyrinth and then forge the path out together. The labyrinth is the perfect metaphor for the transition of marriage. (808) 243-PATH (7284)

Rev. Heather Mueller of St. John’s Church in Keokea and I had a “happy accident” when we discovered that she had built a replica of the Chartres Cathedral labyrinth in the parking lot of St. John’s Church but had no one to teach the community about it. While simultaneously, I had discovered this perfect tool for sharing powerful concepts for spiritual growth with the community, but I didn’t have a labyrinth. We were truly an answer to each other’s prayers and continued to provide monthly full moon labyrinth walks at St. John’s for Maui’s pilgrims for ten years. The walks are now held at The Sacred Garden of Maliko in Makawao, Maui, Hawaii.

Rev. Mueller has also been presenting the labyrinth walks as part of the church’s historical tour for senior citizen groups who quickly discovered the labyrinths healing abilities quite by accident. “One woman shared that she almost didn’t make it to the walk due to a severe migraine,” the Reverend explained. “At the last minute she decided to walk and when she emerged from the labyrinth she excitedly shared that her migraine—which usually lasted several days—was completely gone! Shocked, she wanted to know if this was ‘normal.’ As I reassured her of the labyrinth’s healing traits, another older woman overheard the conversation and shared that she suffers of vertigo on a regular basis and was apprehensive about walking around in circles on account of it. However, after just a couple of turns along the path she realized that her vertigo had gone away!” Rather than being disoriented and confused, the twisting path served to balance her equilibrium.

While Rev. Mueller is no longer at St. Johns, the labyrinth at St. John’s (808-878-1485), open to the public.
Maui Memorial Medical Center has just created a beautiful labyrinth on site for familes, patients, doctors and staff to use during the course of their day, or their stay. The labyrinth is a Chartres style painted in the patio and was put in place by Chaplain Amy Hill Crowe and the Integrative Medicine committee.


Labyrinth historian, John Kozak. painted a labyrinth on the grounds of Sacred Hearts School in Lahaina.

712 Waine’e Street, Lahaina (Maui), Hawaii 96761
Intersection of HW 30 and Dickenson St in historic old Lahaina towne. Located behind church on corner of Sacred Hearts School playground.
John points out, “Anytime someone prays, there is an associated body movement. The labyrinth walk is a body movement prayer. In Catholicism, we have sermons, mass, choir, and liturgy—all talk, talk, talk. The labyrinth offers the opportunity for a spiritual experience.”

Kapalua, just below the Ritz Carlton, is the home of Maui’s largest labyrinth. Building the Kapalua Labyrinth was a true act of love and was done as peace project in spring 2005.

The Kapalua Labyrinth is made of white coral and is nestled on a little penninsula with turquoise blue water on three sides. This sacred location was considered a “jumping off point” for souls as they made their transition from this existence to the next. To get there, Go to the Ritz Carlton (Turn toward the ocean from Hwy 30 onto Ritz Calton Way. Take it all the way to the bottom where you will see the small Ritz Carlton Chapel on the right. Turn right into the little parking lot. It is easiest if you walk up toward the chapel, then cross the bridge toward the ocean that will take you on a golf course path toward the bottom of the hill. When you reach the bottom, you’ll have to walk across a small stretch of golf course toward the stand of ironwood trees. The labyrinth is on the other side of the trees, near the ocean.
There is another labyrinth beyond the RItz by the “blow hole.” Continue on highway 30 north to “Hobbitland”. At mile marker 38, park seaside near the orange gate, walk down toward the ocean.

1 Comment

  1. I really like this mpteahor. It’s so true sometimes we feel so lost, but if we just keep walking we would realize that we are still on the same path, heading towards the same final destination. And we can’t always control how fast we are going, but maybe if we stopped and looked around for a second we would be able to see the beauty of where we are. I think that this is especially hard as a recent graduate trying to get to the final destination, but I’m missing the beauty of what life is right now. Thanks for writing!

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