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Science, spirituality unite to create a garden of peace

  • COURTESY STEPHEN KEIL

    This Medicine Wheel was created from multicolored volcanic cinder and sea-sculpted coral sand. The center axis pole, a sandalwood trunk, represents the connection of heaven and Earth.

  • COURTESY STEPHEN KEIL

    Bamboo fixtures line the entrance to the gardens; Green Tara.

  • COURTESY STEPHEN KEIL

    Paleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary founder Barbara DeFranco and her dog Mona

  • COURTESY STEPHEN KEIL

    The patron saint of Tibet, represents all virtuous and enlightened activities.

In 1970, when Barbara DeFranco first walked her 9-acre property in Honaunau, it was covered with brush, lantana and Christmas berry that were so thick she had to cut a path with a machete. Read more

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