Help Halau i Ka Pono and Zen Life & Meditation Center get a permanent home.

Help us Raise $150,000 by Sept. 14 for the Downpayment on 46 Lake St. Property.

Our Vision

Our vision is to live in an awakened world that transforms suffering into compassion and delusion into clarity through the realization of authentic expression. Purchasing this property will help us realize this vision and fulfill our mission to empower you to live a Zen-inspired [and Hula-inspired] life of openness, empathy and clarity.  

Over the last seven years we have outgrown our leased one-room Zen Center and Hula School and need additional space to accommodate our diverse and varied offerings. 

Our Plan

We plan to purchase a building that is in excellent condition at 46 Lake Street in Oak Park and create a warm and welcoming home for you at our Zen Center and Halau I Ka Pono Hula School.  We'll be able to have at least two events happening at the same time: workshops, retreats, classes and maybe even a Sunday program for children. People will be able to share meals, tea or coffee and meet in a peaceful, spacious and restful setting. Weʻll be able to hold residential retreats. There will be space for cultural Hawaiian projects and crafts.  Once we pay the $150,000 downpayment, our mortgage costs will be less than they are in our existing space. 

The New Space has following benefits:

  • Flexible space for several classes at same time
  • Quiet, clean, comfortable and welcoming
  • Multiple kitchens, office space and bookstore (2 indoor kitchens and one outdoor kitchen)
  • Charming backyard and patio
  • Many improvements on building, including a new roof, all done up to code
  • Over 5,000 Square Feet that include a first floor, second floor and basement
  • Upstairs living quarters for Zen priests/teachers/Kumu Hula


Downpayment and closing costs of $150,000 to obtain a loan of $520,000 to purchase the building.

Why Now

We are all experiencing upheaval, enormous change and much chaos, as fear grips much of our country. There has never been a more pressing time for a solid and sustainable Zen Center that can grow and bring it's mission into our community. 

Call to Action

We invite you to help us make this new home for the Zen Life & Meditation Center a reality. To purchase the property we need to raise $150,000 by September 14, 2018. You can give online with the "Donate" button or mail a check made out to Zen Life & Meditation Center, 38 Lake St.   Oak Park, IL  60302.  Put "down payment" in the Subject Line and it will be kept in a Restricted Fund for the building.

Launch Party - Sunday, August 12th

Come to our  Launch Party to Kick-off this Special Down Payment Campaign on Sunday, August 12th from 11 am - 3 pm.  A donor will match your donation made at the party, dollar for dollar, up to $5,000!   You can donate online with the button below.  Or make checks payable to Zen Life & Meditation Center and put Building Fund on the Subject line.  Mail to June Tanoue, 38-2E Lake St. Oak Park, IL  60302.  

There will be delicious food, hula, music and all around good energy!  Bring your favorite side dish.  Come see the building at 46 Lake St. in Oak Park and be inspired!

To date we have raised $91,863.00!  Help us reach our goal by giving generously today! Mahalo nui loa (Thank you very much)!