Address: Palolo Zen Center, 2747 Waiomao Road, Honolulu, HI 96816

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Telephone: Office: (808) 735-1347; Fax: (808) 739-9461

Driving Directions:

From the West (including the Airport):

  • Take the H1 Freeway to the 6th Avenue exit.
  • Turn left onto 6th avenue.
  • Go two blocks and turn right onto Waialae.
  • Go four blocks and turn left onto 10th Avenue.

From the East:

  • Get off the H1 freeway at the Waialae exit and keep going straight.
  • At 10th Ave., turn right.

Once on 10th Avenue:

  • Take 10th Avenue up into Palolo Valley (about a mile and a half)
  • Veer right onto Waiomao Rd. (at a Y intersection). The temple is about one mile further.
  • Wind your way up the side of the valley past the ornate Korean temple high on your right. Drive carefully as the road narrows to one lane.
  • Past the Kawamoto Orchid Nursery on the left, you will see the Palolo Zen Center on your right. There is a small sign below the mailbox, and you will see tan and brown buildings with a wide expanse of lawn.
  • Use the first steep cement driveway only if you need to drop off luggage.
  • The second higher driveway and parking lot is at the top of the property and where you should park.
Getting to HDS from the airport:

Prior to your trip, you may ask the Administrator ( to send an e-mail to our members requesting a ride and giving your flight information. If no one volunteers to pick you up, you can take a shuttle bus to a Waikiki hotel (the New Otani Hotel is closest to Palolo), and then take a taxi. Or, you can take a taxi directly from the airport to the Palolo Zen Center. The fare will be about $45 from the airport, and about $25-$30 from the New Otani Hotel.

Getting to the Palolo Zen Center using public transportation:

The Honolulu bus service has an excellent trip planner at   The website has many features, including one that tells you when the bus is expected to arrive if you enter the bus stop number (see the examples below).  Each bus stop has a little plaque with its number. The fare is $2.50; exact change is required.  Ask for a transfer, which is good for two more rides within the next few hours.

Several major bus lines will take you to the Waialae Ave. and Palolo Ave. intersection (opposite 4th and 5th Ave.) where you will catch a local bus to Waiomao Road.

From Downtown: Catch the Route 1 (Kahala Mall or Hawaii Kai) Eastbound at S. Hotel/Bishop St. (Stop No. 128) or anywhere along King St.  The Route 9 (Kaimuki-KCC) also runs through downtown and points East along Hotel St., King St. and Kapiolani Blvd.  King St. and Kapiolani Blvd. eventually merge to form Waialae Ave.

From Ala Moana Center: The Route 9 stops at Kapiolani Blvd. and Keeaumoku St. (Nordstrom), Stop No. 999.  Or catch the Route 9 from Waikiki by walking up McCully St. to Kapiolani Blvd., Stop No. 363.

From Waikiki/Kapahulu: The Route 13 (Waikiki-Univ. of Hawaii) runs Eastbound along Kuhio Ave. through Waikiki and up Kapahulu Ave., but you must transfer to the Route 1 or 9 by getting off at St. Louis Dr. and crossing Waialae Ave. to Stop No. 2998.

Into Palolo valley: Whether you arrive on the Route 1 or the Route 9, get off the bus on Waialae Ave. at 4th Ave. and cross Waialae to Stop No. 3057 on Palolo Ave.  Your bus is Route 9S, a local loop bus for Palolo valley.  After about 20 minutes, get off the Route 9S bus at Waiomao Rd. (your landmark is the Bahai Center). Walk up Waiomao Rd. 1 mile (about 25 minutes), to the Palolo Zen Center.