A Bowl of Pickled Vegetables 
A Portion of Compassion 
A Drop of Water A Portion of Gratitude 

Venerable Master Hsing Yun, founder of Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Order, became a monastic at the age of 12. When he was 17 years old, he became gravely ill and was unable to have any food for two months. His teacher, Venerable Master Chi Kai specially arranged for a bowl of pickled vegetables to be delivered to him. During a time of extreme commodity scarcity, this was a very rare and precious gift. With every mouthful of this gift, Venerable Master Hsing Yun was acutely appreciative of his teacher's love and concern and vowed his life to Buddhism to repay his teacher's benevolence. 

A small bowl of pickled vegetables has accomplished many causes and conditions. Just like a small droplet of water, it has nurtured countless of lives. Fo Guang Shan Water Drop Teahouse are set up around the world to manifest Venerable Master Hsing Yun's ideal of "compensating droplets of kindness with springs of gratitude". The tranquil atmospheres evoke a sense of spiritual generosity and purity. 

At Fo Guang Shan Hawaii Water Drop Vegetarian House, the surrounding Buddhas & art of the temple add to a sense of calmness. The cafe's modern-style furniture symbolises adaptation and evolution. When sunlight comes in and the windows cast long shadows, the atmosphere becomes ideal for reading a book while sampling delicious and healthy vegetarian foods.

Find us on Yelp!

滴水坊 Water Drop Vegetarian House Inc

Hours:        Mon-Fri    11am - 2pm
Serves:      Lunch and drinks
Phone:      (808) 545-3455
Email:        WaterDropHI@gmail.com

801 Alakea Street, Honolulu, HI 96813  
                    (intersection of Queen & Alakea)

Walk-ins welcome, good for groups and take out!


Water Drop Restaurant is owned by the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist temple, FGS Hawaii, we serve Chinese vegetarian dishes for the local community. More information (including the menu) on our Water Drop Vegetarian House is available on the Facebook page.

Also, find us on Yelp!


Established in 2015.

Meet the Business Owner

Shu Chen C.
Shu Chen C.
Business Owner

Venerable Abbess Yihung (Shu Chen), is a Chinese Buddhist nun from "Fo Guang Shan" (literally, Buddha's Light Mountain), an international Chinese Buddhist movement based in Taiwan. 

The FGS promotes Humanistic Buddhism. Temples and organizations have been established in 173 countries throughout the world, and now encompasses more than 3,500 monastics. The organization emphasizes education and service, maintaining universities, Buddhist colleges, libraries, publishing houses, translation centers, Buddhist art galleries, teahouses, and mobile medical clinics.

In 2009, Venerable Abbess Yihung was appointed by Venerable Master Hsing Yun, the founder of F.G.S., to manage our F.G.S. Hawaii branch temple. In 2012, F.G.S. has moved its location from Chinatown cultural plaza, to its current location, downtown Honolulu, in hopes of spreading Buddhism to a wider community. The Water Drop Vegetarian House opened in December 2015, in goals of providing the Hawaii population a healthier lifestyle.