• Yoga, tai chi & Zazen meditation

• Hakalau Farmers Market & FoodSHARE

• Japanese Folk dance practice

• Annual Traditional Mochi Pounding

• Merrie Monarch Hula Festival

• The Pottery & Gardens of Clayton Amemiya

The current activities and special events list change from time to time. Be sure to check this site to see what is scheduled for the the near future

While here, you are welcome to work in the gardens on the 2-acre grounds, sit Zazen meditation M-F mornings—5:20-6:20 a.m., , attend tai chi & chi quong classes at Hakalau Jodo Mission, go to an occasional dinner, movie or outing with other guests and pursue your own explorations around the island.........

TRANSPORTATION: A rental car is advisable. There is public bus service. Schedules and map in pdf format can be downloaded here. Our stop is "Hakalau." (If you are not able to open file get your free Acrobat Pdf reader at Adobe

The Pottery & Gardens of Clayton Amemiya - Hidden Hawaiian Adventures

Clayton creates unique Hawaiian wood fired "Anagama" ceramics - vases, teacups, sake cups, large abstract wall and garden pieces, and special commissions. Visit the beautiful landscaped gardens and studio of local potter, Clayton Amemiya. His home is tucked away in the hills behind Hilo. There you will see his artistry in his beautifully landscaped garden of exotic tropicals, many, many varieties of Hawaiian ti's, fruit trees and the carefully pruned magnificent bamboo grove. He will lead you along the smooth river-rock paths that wind through the gardens to his wood fired kiln where he fires his work.


2023 Annual Merrie Monarch Hula Festival Competition

April 9-15, 2023: See the finest hula halaus (schools) perform both kahiko (ancient) and auwana (contemporary) hula in a competition that draws thousands to Hilo every year. Hotels and car rentals book early (some hotels are already fully booked) and performances are packed. More information at


23rd Annual Traditional Mochi (rice cake) Pounding for New Year's
is anticipated to resume in December of 2024.

Akiko's over the years has become synonymous with MOCHI POUNDING. Our very first Mochi Pounding began with 23 people, mostly neighbors who pulled out their old equipment, stored away for years. We continued year after year steadily. From a small neighborhood gathering it grew and grew. Our 22nd Mochi Pounding in 2019 drew 1000 visitors to our wee village. The 23rd Mochi Pounding is anticipated to resume in December of 2024.

Come and join the fun from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. making traditional rice cakes the "old-fashioned" way. Everyone takes their turn at pounding the delicious sticky rice for good luck. Fire building starts at 7 a.m. to steam the rice. Hearty local style lunch for $5. New years crafts, food vendors, fortune telling, massage, I Ching readings, floral arrangements, plantation stories, Okinawan taiko drumming, Hawaiian entertainment & more. Great cultural mix of everything that makes our beloved Hawaii so extraordinarily special!!!

The latest event updates can be found on the Wailea Village Annual Mochi Pounding Facebook page by clicking here.

Or, call Miss Akiko @ (808) 963-6422 or email: for more information.

Mochi Pounding Festival Video is HERE

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