About 16 miles east of Na‘alehu, beyond Punalu‘u Beach Park, Highway 11 passes directly by this little town. You'll miss it if you blink. Pahala, once a booming sugar plantation company town, is sleepy today but still inhabited by retired cane workers and their descendants. Behind it, along a wide cane road, is Wood Valley, once a prosperous community, now just a peaceful road heavily scented by eucalyptus trees, coffee blossoms, and night-blooming jasmine and often laden in mist.
Wood Valley Temple. Behind Pahala, this serene and beautiful Tibetan Buddhist temple, established in 1973, has hosted more than 50 well-known lamas, including the Dalai Lama on two occasions. You can visit and meditate, leave an offering, walk the lush gardens shared by strutting peacocks, browse the gift shop, or stay in the temple's guesthouse, available for peaceful, nondenominational retreats. 96777. 808/928–8539. www.nechung.org. $5.
Pahala, Hawaii, 96777, United States