My first visit to Kalani and definitely not my last. I really needed a warm, beautiful, nurturing environment and Kalani exceeded my expectations.
The rooms: I stayed in Tree House room 12--it was great. Clean, and spacious. Screens on 2 sides overlooking a field. Rooms vary in size, but overall I would warn you that the walls are thin, and noise will travel. Overall it wasn't a big problem. The coqui (spelling?) frogs are loud, but I really liked the noise and you can use earplugs to help dampen down the sound. My room had a nice bathroom and I didn't consider it as "rustic" as some.
The grounds: Gorgeous. I highly recommend a Monday walk about with Barcus the horticulturalist in charge--we spent about 3&1/2 hrs walking the property and I could've spent longer. Learned about Kalani's aquaculture project as well.
The food: REALLY GOOD. Fresh, delicious, vegetarian options, great granola, great salad bar, great desserts in the evening. I never felt deprived.
Activities: I didn't come with a group, so I did the "Kalani experience" package. I got to choose from at least 2 yoga/dance classes a day. I took classes in Hawaiian language, hula, and even an improv class. Ecstatic dance was a unique experience and people from the community will often come to participate in Kalani activities. I would definitely recommend a watsu treatment with Sara Joy. There is a wonderful geothermally heated pool and tide pools for snorkeling within a short driving distance. I definitely would recommend renting a car to give you more options. Yes, pool is clothing optional, but I kept my suit on and felt quite comfortable around the naked folks.
People: I think this is truly the best part of the Kalani experience. Staff and guests are great folks, I found people to be overall warm and friendly. If you are a bit shy, I think people are friendly enough to draw you out or leave you in peace. Seating on the dining lanai is sort of "assigned" if you're with a group, but I found no trouble socializing with other guests/staff at mealtimes (and I would infiltrate a neighboring class' table at times). I met some special people with whom I'll definitely be keeping in touch.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kalani is the largest retreat center in the state of Hawaii, nestled on the yoga coast in one of Hawaii's largest conservation areas for over 35 years. We feature more than 40 classes a week, including our renowned yoga and meditation programming, Hawaiian culture classes, and dance (hula, modern, and aerial.)Our location on the Big Island of Hawaii is 5 minutes from Kehena Beach, a clothing-optional black sand beach where wild-spinner dolphins frequently swim; 15 miles from spectacular lava-viewing; and nestled in luscious rainforest, which helps feed our organic kitchens with abundant fruit and vegetables. Kalani is known as a power spot - Shiva Rea calls Kalani "one of the most potent and nurturing retreat centers in the world." Kalani is a 501(c)(3) charity. Your stay here will support the preservation of Hawaiian culture, transformation, and within the poorest district in Hawaii. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kalani Oceanside Retreat Pahoa
- Kalani Oceanside Retreat Hotel Pahoa
- Kalani Hawaii/Pahoa