For the avoidance of doubt this is the Kalani Retreat centre on the coast at Puna, Big Island, Hawai'i.
It is fascinating to read the reviews of Kalani and discover that the people who give it low ratings wear swimming costumes! This is a very special place designed to take you out of your rut, so it is unconventional. It will challenge you. It is different. It is not a five star hotel.
Come here and enjoy the sounds of the jungle, the sound of rain on the roof. There is no glass in the window because you do not need it. The air is warm and you can live in the jungle.
You queue for food and are served food on the plate but it is excellent freshly cooked fresh produce and tasty. You will not go hungry! Each day different volunteers cook which adds competition and variety.
Go to the pool and sauna and watsu pool and spa bath and enjoy being naked. If you need to wear a swimming costume this is probably not your place. Be free. Let it hang out. Go to the black sand beach. Enjoy the drum circle or the gay Mondays. At the beach some wear clothes most do not.
The gardens are semi wild riots of tropical plants. The place is mainly run by volunteers so sometimes things are not perfectly as the team would wish. The lady checking us in did not give us the right meal ticket but this was sorted out. There is a shortage of the green towels for the beach...... The building lodges are clever designs with four bedrooms sharing a shower and EC with twin basins in an area outside the bedroom doors. Possibly too public for some? Life is not perfect..... Go with the flow and you will enjoy your time here and join so many returning. There are all sorts of people here on various courses. It is dark at night and small torches are issued, but this allows you to see the stars like you cannot at home. Prices are high if you merely compare the standard with a hotel room, but here you get different standards where jungle atmosphere and volunteers gives a different character that is incomparable with any hotel!
I thought this was a gay exclusive naturist retreat. Although it was a gay foundation it is now open to all and whatever course you are on there are other courses running and people can join in on other retreats.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Kalani Oceanside Retreat Pahoa
- Kalani Oceanside Retreat Hotel Pahoa
- Kalani Hawaii/Pahoa