Buddhas headed to new homes

LIHU‘E — Brian and Molly McKenzie have been receiving guests every few days at their home in Lihu‘e.

These guests have been little Buddha images and icons that have been arriving from different parts of the globe.

“It has been very comforting to have these little statues come to pay us a visit,” said Molly McKenzie, whose ‘ohana unit in their home was filled with these little statues that will later be moved to the Lawai International Center where they will find their new homes in the shrines that are currently empty on the hillside.

Kaua‘i artist Ray Nitta and a group of volunteers, including Kimberlin Blackburn and Diane Nitta took on the art project to create 46 images to replace those missing from the 88-shrine pathway in Lawai.

Artists around the world were asked to create their interpretation of a particular shrine on the island of Shikoku, Japan. These

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