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4 Days Meditation, Healing, and Yoga Retreat Hawaii

  • 13-260 Pohoiki Road, Pahoa, Hawaii, USA

Overview

Hawaii Yoga Retreat

Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center (KMEC) in Pahoa, Hawaii offers a wonderful spiritual uplifting environment to heal and grow. Located on the eastern tip of the Big Island of Hawaii, very close to the ocean for safe swimming, snorkeling, and soaking in the thermal warm ponds, and not far from Hawaiis only active volcanoes where one may view flowing lava. KMEC opened in the summer of 2008 for pre-arranged seasonal meditation retreats and private meditation-vacations on request. Additionally, KMEC extends their welcome to Big Island travelers offering cozy cottages and open air kitchen and bath.

Highlights

  • Daily morning yoga practice
  • Yoga studio and meditation pavilion for practice
  • Organic fruit orchard and vegetable garden
  • Fresh locally sourced organic breakfast
  • Use of fully equipped kitchen
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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KMEC is an off-the-grid retreat center that can accommodate up to 30 guests on an idyllic 10 acre property. It is situated on ten acres featuring organic fruit orchards with a beautiful Balinese meditation pavilion for prayer and healing as well as the yoga pavilion that can accommodate up to 20 yoga practitioners or a seated audience of 100.

KMEC offers a wide range of accommodations depending on your level of comfort and privacy; from a private cabin with its own kitchen and bath, to a simple single bed private cabin including a variety of options in between. All bathrooms have flush toilets and the showers have hot water. Accommodations are simple and comfortable, with no televisions or phones.

Yoga Hale

KMECs largest event space, it has a floor space size of about 20-feet by 40-feet and has about 1000-square feet of floor space. It can accommodate over 100 people sitting or standing or about 20 people stretched out and lying down (i.e. on yoga mats). The Yoga Hale includes its own kitchen and full bathrooms.

Meditation Hale

KMECs Balinese meditation pavilion opens 24 hours a day for prayer, small group meetings, yoga, or solitude. Custom made in Bali, it is a very holy and special place for prayer and reflection. It can accommodate 30-40 people sitting on cushions. It is equipped with a TV, DVD-player, Wi-Fi, light, cushions, and own independent solar power system.

Amenities

In order to accommodate you during your workshop, KMEC has available a large variety of items for your use and some at no additional cost. You will receive a list of these items eight weeks prior to your arrival. Items can include:

  • Back jacks (floor-level seating with back support)
  • Flip chart with stand
  • Folding chairs and tables
  • Free, fast Wi-Fi internet service around much of the center
  • IPad dock with speakers (CD player on request)
  • Laptop / mp3 player hookups
  • TV and VCR / DVD player
  • Yoga mats, blankets, straps, and props

Cabins

All KMECs cabins can be occupied by one person or two persons (except from Milo 1, and Papaya1, each of single occupancy, and Rollinia which can take up to four persons along with Mango which can sleep four comfortably).

Dragonfly

Queen bed, one or two persons, usually for couples. It's very private (romantic) and has its own toilet and outdoor shower. You can find solace in this cozy screen cabin nestled in the Puna jungle, with a partial great ocean view, light trade winds, a lanai (deck), and hot shower. Its near the meditation pavilion. The fully equipped shared kitchen is about 800 feet away.

Butterfly

Single bed, one person. Its very close to the Dragonfly. KMEC never rents it out if the Dragonfly is occupied except if its a party of three.

Ocean Vista Cabin

Queen bed, two persons. One of KMEC most popular. It has a great expansive view of the ocean with deck and private shower with toilet. This newly built screen-cabin is tucked into a pleasant opening in the jungle, overlooking a 500 acre ranch, giving a panoramic view of the coastline. You can enjoy amazing pink and red sunrises over a wide swath of ocean to the east, while basking in the gentle trade-wind breezes coming through the trees. As open and airy as you can get, featuring a spacious lanai (deck) and its own treehouse-like bathroom lanai about 30 feet (10 meters) away. A hot shower and vanity sink - all semi-enclosed, but still private, up in the branches of primitive looking Lauhala trees. The shared kitchen / social area is an easy 100 feet stroll along our level driveway.

Mango Cabin

Queen bed, two persons. A lovely octagon cabin, the shared fully equipped kitchen, and two full clean and modern bathrooms, with a great jungle view are about 60 feet away.

Rollinia Cabin

Double bed, plus two bunk beds, so it can sleep three or four persons for the same price.

Elegant and cozy, it will catch your breath from the hustle and bustle in the serenity of this cabin, it offers lovely furniture. The shared fully equipped kitchen and two fully equipped clean modern bathrooms featuring a great jungle view are about 60 feet away. Children under 12 are free.

Lilikoi Cabin

Double bed, two persons.

Noni Cabin

Queen bed, two persons. Largest cabin, with its own private kitchenette, terrace, and bathroom, close to the Yoga studio.

Papaya Cabin 1

Single bed, one person.

Papaya Cabin 2

Bunk beds, two persons.

Papaya Cabin 3

Bunk beds, two persons.

Milo Cabin 1

Single bed, one person.

Milo Cabin 2

Double bed, two persons.

Milo Cabin 3

Two single beds, two persons.

Yoga hale

Queen bed, two persons.

Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center offers local tours upon request.

  • Davida Moore

    She teaches Hatha yoga with an emphasis on the chakras, mindfulness, pranayama, Ayurveda, and it’s relation with nature.her classes and workshops are infused with the aspects of natural healing and self-care. She not only learned how to properly teach asanas, but also how to nutritionally care for her clients and cater the practice to the individual’s needs. Thus, creating a safe, supportive environment for her clients to thrive in while aligning their mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual selves.

KMEC is a sustainable community in the center of Hawaiis volcanic and natural wonders. This property was once a papaya farm and is now newly planted with sour sop, jack fruit, pomegranate, rollinia, variety of bananas, figs, passion fruit, mamey sapote, avocados, papayas, sugar cane, coconut, lilikoi, and guava. There are also loquat, cacao, macadamia nut, cashew nut, noni, starfruit, breadfruit, tangelos, grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, lemons, pomelos, and more.

The octagonal Balinese meditation pavilion is set among shade-trees with an expansive view of the ocean. The island wildlife is all around KMEC - a variety of birds by day and at night, theres the pleasant chirping of Coqui frogs, and there are no snakes. Natural wonders include Volcanoes National Park, lava and crater viewing, volcanically heated warm ponds directly on the ocean, steam vents (as outdoor saunas), and other wonders of the lush tropics.

Nearby places

  • Black Sands Beach at Kehena, 7 miles
  • Issac Hale Boat Ramp Park, 0.5 miles walk to the ocean
  • Kaimu / Kalapana Volcanoes, 11 miles
  • Kapoho Lagoon, 5 miles
  • Lava Tree State Park, 4 miles
  • Local Ahelanui Beach Park, 1.5 miles walk
  • MacKenzie State Recreation Area, 3 miles
  • Steam Vents Natural sauna caves, 15 miles
  • Volcano National Park, 40 miles
  • Yoga Oasis, 2 miles
Activities
  • Hiking nearby
  • Hot spring nearby
  • Shopping nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Surfing nearby
  • Swimming nearby
General
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • Car rental nearby
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Local market
  • Meeting room
  • Shop nearby
  • Tour assistance

Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center offers guest the use of their community kitchen, fully equipped, plus organic fruit from their orchard when is season.

Please note that Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center provides Breakfast each day and any other meals are an extra cost not in the retreat price. They have an award winning chef to prepare your locally grown mostly organic gourmet vegetarian meals on request. Find pricing details at Booking Conditions.

Islands naturals market and deli

Natural foods store with takeaway food service located just off the main street in downtown Pahoa.

Makuu farmers market

Hawaiian crafts, plants, produce, jewelry, shells, ethnic and recycled clothing, food, live music, records / CDs, and books from approximately 150 vendors. Opens 8 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sunday. Located in Makuu Farmers lot, Keaau / Pahoa Hwy, bypass road.

Pahoa Village farmers market

Large, covered, outdoor market with fresh fruits and vegetables, clothing and jewelry, food and coffee booths, music, kava bar, and more. Opens 7 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sunday. Located in downtown Pahoa in the Akebono Theater / Luquins parking lot.

Pahoa restaurants

Several restaurants in Pahoa are open every day of the week.

Delight and help yourself to fresh organic tropical fruit at KMEC spacious and open organic trees property. Any fruits and vegetables grown at the center can be shared.

Enjoy a beautiful nature walk at KMEC (donation based)

KMEC rents surf boards at 20 USD a day and snorkel gear at 6 USD a day

Optional tours

There are many natural attractions in the vicinity of KMEC. These can be visited by arranging a paid adventure with KMECs guide if required, or if you prefer to explore on your own, renting a car from the airport is a good option as well.

Natural view Lava Tree State Park

It has curious lava formations from a previous eruption.

Natural view MacKenzie State recreation area

Quiet, accessible picnic spots on spectacular lava coastline, and not for swimming.

Snorkeling at Kapoho

Snorkeling at Kapoho Lagoon Reef and tide pools on Kapoho Bay. Pleasant and safe.

Snorkeling at local tide pools

Snorkeling at local tide pools, limited to 5 persons and two hours. Cost: 12 USD per person.

Surfing

Surfing at Isaac Hale Beach Park. Also known as Pohoiki, this is an oceanfront park, boat launch, and surf location along Pohoiki Bay. Recommended for experienced surfers only.

Swimming and snorkeling on Pohoiki Bay

Swimming and snorkeling at Issac Hale Boat Ramp Park, on Pohoiki Bay, swimming is safe and has easy access. You can find a small warm healing pond as well. No entrance cost.

Swimming at Kehena

Swimming at Black Sands Beach at Kehena. A hard but short climb up and down, swimming could be dangerous. This is a clothing optional beach and frequented by dolphins.

Thermal swimming

Thermal swimming at Warm Ponds (Ahalanui Beach Park). A spring-fed thermal pool, safe and relaxing, fine view, and warm to hot healing waters at the ocean edge. No entrance cost.

Volcanoes National Park

Best crater viewing and nature museum. Enjoy a half day tour. Cost: 70 USD per person.

Volcanoes Kaimu / Kalapana

Great lava viewing, best in the evening. No entrance cost.

Certified massage, acupuncturists, food detox, horticultural therapy, individual or small group yoga intensives, and more. Costs not included in retreat price but all guests through bookyogaretreats.com enjoy KMEC retreat rates.

Sessions are typically between 75 to 90 minutes, which includes a comprehensive breakdown of each person needs and short term goals.

  • Private 1on1 35 USD
  • Couples 45 USD
  • Groups of 3 or more 60 USD
  • 1 personal yoga instructive or assessment
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 3 yoga classes
  • Access to meditation pavilion and library
  • Cabin cleaning fee
  • Daily breakfast and diner
  • Full equipped kitchen and dinning spaces
  • Organic fruit orchard and vegetable garden
  • Use of the yoga studio and equipment

Arrival by airplane

Please book a flight to Hilo International Airport (ITO) or Kona International Airport (KOA).

Directions from Hilo International Airport (ITO):

  • KMEC Hawaii is only a 45 minute drive from this airport
  • Leaving the Hilo Airport, turn left at the traffic light onto HI-11 / Hawaii Belt Road / Kanoelehua Avenue and go about 5.9 miles
  • Turn left onto HI-130 / Keaau Pahoa Bypass Road continuing to HI-130 and go about 12.2 miles
  • Turn left onto Kapoho Road and go about 2.7 miles
  • Continue, staying to the right, onto Pohoiki Road and go about 3.8 miles
  • KMEC Hawaii will be on the left
  • After crossing the yellow stripe in the road, the last 0.6 meters turn into a single lane road with turnouts. Look for the KMEC signed gate on the left
  • Helpful hint - please try to arrive during daylight hours as this will make your drive easier and will facilitate your check-in process

Directions from Kona (KOA) Airport:

  • KMEC Hawaii is a nice 2.5 to 3 hour scenic drive from Kona, halfway around the Island of Hawaii, the Big Island, via either the northern or southern routes, or the newly finished saddle road passing Mauna Kea
  • Make a left out of the Kona Airport and drive north on Route 19
  • Continue on Route 19 through Waimea, down the Hamakua coast (still Route 19) until you get to Hilo
  • Past the waterfront side of town, make a right onto Highway 11 at Kens House of Pancakes (sign says Volcano 30 miles)
  • Turn left onto HI-11 / Hawaii Belt Road / Kanoelehua Avenue and go about 5.9 miles.
  • Turn left onto HI-130 / Keaau Pahoa Bypass Road continuing to HI-130 and go about 12.2 miles
  • Turn left onto Kapoho Road and go about 2.7 miles
  • Continue, staying to the right, onto Pohoiki Road and go about 3.8 miles
  • KMEC Hawaii will be on the left
  • After crossing the yellow stripe in the road, the last 0.6 meters turn into a single lane road with turnouts. Look for the KMEC signed gate on the left
  • Helpful hint - please try to arrive during daylight hours as this will make your drive easier and will facilitate your check-in process

Arrival by bus

Please book a Hele-On Bus, Hawaii County mass transit agency. Take into account the very limited public transportation via the Hele-On county bus that leaves from downtown Hilo. This is a slow, but inexpensive option that comes to Isaac Hale Beach Park, if you can coordinate schedules. Isaac Hale Beach Park is located approximately 1/2-mile down Pohoiki Road from KMEC Hawaii. For more information visit the Hele-On bus website: http://www.heleonbus.org/.

Arrival by taxi

Transfer rate from and to Hilo International Airport (ITO) on regular taxi is about 70 USD in total for 4 passengers in a shared taxi van each way.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center an inquiry.
  • Review by Ellen from Huntington Beach, CA
    10 out of 10

    "I've had many experiences in my life but nothing quite compares to Kirpal. This place is amazing in more ways than I can list and it really transformed me in only a few days (wish I had booked for longer). I wanted to take my first solo trip and found this as the best yoga retreat center in Hawaii (in my opinion). I was scared I wasn't going to have anyone to hang out with or meet but quite the contrary. All of the guests are eager to meet new people and the volunteers are extraordinary. While I was there Len, the owner himself, said something along the lines of - 'I can tell how successful this center is simply on the happiness of the volunteers', and it's true. They are all so respectful to everyone and they are there whenever you need them. "

    "It's hard not to be happy at a place like this. Everywhere you look is lush, green beauty and when you eat their homemade vegan meals you're eating a large percentage of harvest straight from the land. That's not something you can get on every vacation you go to so take advantage of the opportunity to truly nourish your body. I felt revived to be there and the yoga was really incredible. Great teachers and great views but my favorite part was my private yoga session with Amanda Carson. Wow! I asked her to teach me inversion and silks as a beginner and by the next day I was doing headstands all on my own. She's truly skilled (and not just in yoga). I hope everyone can take her class and be around her energy."

    "If I had to make a couple constructive criticisms it is that it took a few days to get a hold of someone on the phone to answer questions but after that it was smooth sailing the rest of the way. Also, my towels smelled a little bit mildew-like but we are in the jungle so didn't bother me. In fact I would encourage everyone to come here with an open mind. It's not a 5 star hotel and they're not trying to be. It's a place to get away and be one with the Earth- to have solitude while nourishing your body and mind with fresh air, clean meals, new friends and a lot of laughter."

    "Thank you so much, KMEC! I will be back!"

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  • Review by Adrienne F. from Minneapolis, Minnesota
    10 out of 10

    "My preschooler and I had a wonderful stay at KMEC! I am not sure which part we loved the most: exploring the exotic fruit trees on the property, spending time with new friends in the community kitchen, the unique bathrooms that overlook the "jungle", or our cozy cabin that was clean and comfortable. The staff was extremely helpful and always available to assist. We just loved it and would be extremely grateful if we ever have the opportunity to return!"

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  • Review by Nikki C. from Los Angeles, California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center is a beautiful, serene place. Although it is off the grid, I find it to still have the comforts of home which I didn't expect. I.E. plenty of electrical outlets in cabins to charge devices, the filtered water for drinking tastes amazing, the wifi is reasonably fast and reliable, the showers have hot water, and the toilets are a full flush (if you've experienced a low flush toilet you know why this is nice!).The staff are friendly and helpful, and also very knowledgeable of the area to assist you with planning outings. If you partake in any of the meals, it is always delicious!! They cook vegetarian meals with local organic produce. You can even eat the fresh fruits that grow on the property including coconuts, bananas, tangerines, oranges, limes, lemons, mangos, grapefruit, rollinia, and so much more I can't even remember it all!The location of the property is only a half mile from the beach, surfing, snorkeling, and warm ponds. It's about 15 minutes from the main town, so if you don't have a car it is definitely a bit secluded and more challenging to get to the grocery store, pharmacy, etc. It is a tropical, jungle setting so there are bugs, just come prepared for that. There is some natural bug spray and sunscreen in the community kitchen as a backup, and there are screens on all the cabins which keeps most of them out while you're sleeping.If you are interested in any services they have massage, acupressure, acupuncture, reiki, and yoga just to name a few. They welcome any guests to join in the satsangs or meditations in the meditation pavilion. They also have laundry facilities and guests can pay $7 to have their laundry done for them, which is great if you pack light.Overall, I found it to be a good balance of all the qualities I was looking for. Comforts of home but still rustic, close to the beach and not far from town, good food but a kitchen to cook your own as well, and happy people but plenty of privacy. Definitely would recommend to friends and family (just not the ones who prefer 5-star resorts)."

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  • Review by Janice B. from Red Deer, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "Wonderful! We were looking for a place in nature where we could relax and enjoy nature and do some meditation. This was the place to go! The fruit trees around us and the simple rustic accommodations were wonderful! We had the opportunity to do yoga and also attend a couple Satsangs while we were there. All the staff was helpful! We will defiantly be back next year. I hear that it usually rains in this area but it was very sunny and warm when we were there. They are close to the warm pool and not too far from Pahoa. We had our own kitchen in the Noni cabin. We were glad that this center promotes the vegetarian diet. We have been vegetarians for many years. This center is off grid and they promote green living!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Idaho Falls, USA
    9 out of 10

    "Beautiful property, loved the night critters. I'm not the target demographic (I don't meditate, and I was more interested in exploring the Big Island than relaxing), but this property is really wonderful. I reserved the peaceful Dragonfly cabin which is both open (screens for walls) and secluded (surrounded by forest). Being enclosed by the sounds of the rustling flora and skittering fauna was, in fact, peaceful, and conducive to restful sleep. I was warmly greeted on arrival, given a thorough tour and invited to make use of the public facilities (e.g., kitchen, yoga hall, meditation room), and was invited to breakfast harvested that morning from the on-site orchards. It felt like upscale camping. Water is mostly from catchments, and electricity is solar-powered. There was plenty of hot water for a short shower in the morning. Wi-Fi was available in the main complex, but did not extend down to my remote cabin. In any event, the electricity in the cabin died after only a few minutes of use - not sure whether that was a glitch or not, but it ended up making the experience even more relaxing. Outstanding access to the hot pots, and there were lots of surfers enjoying themselves nearby."

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  • Review by Dr. Girard from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Peaceful break, the Kirpal Center was both peaceful and beautiful. The yoga hale is amazing at dawn. I loved the outdoor bathrooms. Steve was very accommodating: he answered all of my questions and gave me the solitude I wanted."

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  • Review by Sarah J. from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I will be back. I stayed at KMEC for an entire month! My stay here was simply wonderful! My cabin was very charming with beautiful character. The staff was very kind, patient, and willing to show me around the island. The surrounding land is very well kept very clean! Hardly any bugs, most definitely the cleanest place I saw during my travels around The Big Island. KMEC is located on Pohoiki road - a quick hitchhike to all the fun hang out spots and I can't express how much there is to do on the Island, you will never get bored. Sunday: early morning ecstatic dance at Kalani followed by an afternoon party at Kehena black sand nudist beach and then a cool down at the lawn with all the local hippies. Perfect Tuesdays night: Taco Tuesday at Cinderland. Wednesdays night: the one and only uncle Roberts. Thursdays night: Maku'u Sweat Lodge. Saturdays mornings spent in one of the many markets around the Pahoa/Puna district. My Saturday afternoon consisted of Kava drinks and burritos in town and all of the above events are free!"

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  • Review by Corona K. from Geneva, Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "Incredible time. My friend and I stayed at KMEC for a week during February and really enjoyed our time there. The staff is wonderful and friendly and the room was simple but very charming and quiet with an incredible view onto the surrounding nature. Its walking distance to the warm ponds at Pohoiki beach which we thoroughly enjoyed, and the road there, lined with old mango trees, is one of the most beautiful sights in Hawaii. Perfect for anyone looking to have a relaxing and fun holiday!"

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  • Review by Shanon from San Diego, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I really enjoyed my stay at Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center. It's peaceful and full of nature. I found the property off-the-beaten path and just as promised. The staff were helpful and very nice. Definitely would come back."

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  • Review by Christine A. from Erlangen, Germany
    10 out of 10

    "Stayed for one week at Kirpal and enjoyed it very much! Simple and nice cabins with comfortable beds in a tropical garden, nice and big open kitchen as well as clean open bathrooms looking out to the green surroundings. Very friendly and nice staff and residents, offering all kinds of advice. I didn't participate in the morning Yoga sessions, but surely will be doing this next time!"

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Hawaii, United States

Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center offers a peaceful and sacred place for yoga and meditation retreats in the wonderful Big Island of Hawaii.

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