Kalani

Set on the breathtaking volcanic coastline of Hawaii’s Big Island, Kalani is an educational retreat center that offers health and well-being retreats, group workshops, sabbaticals, and community life experiences.

Surrounded by 120 acres of pristine landscapes in the Puna District, Kalani offers comfortable accommodations ranging from off-grid campsites to eco-friendly wooden and bamboo cottages, freshly prepare farm-to-table fare, and an array of activities. Adventures and activities in the area include swimming and snorkeling in the azure ocean waters off the coast, exploring waterfalls the black sandy beaches and parks, and viewing Pele's lava flows at the Volcanoes National Park.

Thriving themselves on providing hands-on community participation and offering sustainable education programs, Kalani is a living model implementing best practices in permaculture. Photo: Kalani

»Rooms & Suites

Rooms & Suites


Kalani offers a range of accommodations to suit every need from simple campsites to eco-friendly wooden and bamboo cottages. Architecturally aesthetic and equipped for comfort, rustic accommodations are simple, outside-in spaces that offer tranquil havens in which to relax and are available in a variety of styles and sizes from free-standing cottages, bungalows, and lodges to tree houses and lofts. All accommodations are basic and clean with no phones, televisions or heating and cooling, although open to the cool breezes off the sea.

Private, free-standing cottages are 400 square feet in size and made from renewable bamboo and wood with covered, outdoor lanais. Nestled among tropical foliage or looking out over the fields, cottages boast beach house décor and unique artistic touches and feature comfy beds, private bathrooms with showers and baths, and mini fridges.

Hale Lodges are family-friendly two-level lodges that are located on the central lawn near the dining lanai and offer quiet bedrooms on each floor with direct access to common areas and beautiful views. Approximately 200 square feet in size and catering for up to three guests, Hale Lodge rooms feature comfortable beds and private or shared bathroom with showers and baths. Hale 1 is a stylish second-floor studio spanning 1,000 square feet in size with covered outdoor lanais on both levels, while Hales 3 and 4 have larger second-floor studios with a shared kitchenette on the ground level.

Bungalow Rooms are 225 square feet in size with high, slanted ceilings and tall screened windows that flood the rooms with natural light and lovely jungle vistas. Accommodating up to two guests each, these rooms feature one queen-size and one twin bed, a private bathroom with shower and bath, and a mini fridge.

Lofts are approximately 1,000 square feet in size and feature two private bedrooms that open onto a common space, private bathrooms with showers and baths, a common area with a high-ceiled seating area and kitchenette.

Tucked beneath the cool shade of a large Monkeypod Tree, five Treehouse rooms seamlessly connects the nature outside with the interiors through large screened walls that draw in tropical breezes, filtered light and spectacular views. These rooms are 500 square feet in size and feature comfy beds, private bathrooms with showers and baths, and mini fridges against a backdrop of breathtaking views. Photo: Kalani

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»Restaurants / Room Service

Restaurants / Room Service


Described as the beating ‘heart’ of Kalani, the dining lanai and kitchen serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, every day, for up to 250 guests. Mealtimes are announced by the sound of a conch shell, a daily tradition that echoes the rich cultural heritage of the Hawaiian island land where Kalani now resides. Cuisine at Kalani encompasses a variety of culinary styles including Italian, Thai, and Indian, as well as an abundance of Hawaiian specialties such as fresh seafood and local tropical fruits and vegetables. Photo: Kalani

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»Amenities/Recreational Activities

Amenities/Recreational Activities

Facilities and amenities at Kalani included a beautiful 25-meter swimming pool and heated Watsu saltwater pool, as well as two Jacuzzis and a sauna. Massages are offered by expert therapists and can be enjoyed in the peaceful sanctuary of the massage rooms overlooking the pond.

Activity and gathering spaces include the Rainbow Room, which boasts 3,200 square feet of space with a suspended wooden floor, state-of-the-art sound system, bathrooms, showers and water fountain and is ideal for large group activities like yoga, music or dance performance. The Blue Moon Room is 6,600 square feet in size and features the same facilities.

The EMAX (Earnest Morgan Arts Exuberance Center) is 4,500 square feet in size with a suspended wooden floor with ocean views and is used for yoga, martial arts classes, dance and ecstatic dance, and other performances. Constructed from solid lava rock with a beamed wooden ceiling, the Ceremonial Lodge is available to groups for ceremonies and other special occasions and celebrations.

Other guest facilities include a casual open-air dining lanai (veranda) that offers delicious cuisine in a scenic, relaxed environment, a comfortable lounge area with several plush couches and wireless Internet, and a gift shop is stocked with Hawaiian clothing, crafts, snacks and other items.

Kalani offers a variety of daily activities, ranging from meditation and yoga to dance and volleyball. Activities, daily classes and activities include a series of yoga classes and workshops, including Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Restorative Yoga, as well as Hula classes, Lauhala weaving, and volleyball. Various dance, movement and meditation workshops and classes can be enjoyed such as Kalani Ecstatic Dance, Aerial Dance, Tai Chi, Qigong, Osho Nataraj Meditation, and Aquatic Bodywork.

12-6860 Kalapana-Kapoho Road, Pahoa, HI 96778, website, Phone: 800-800-6886 Photo: Kalani

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Kalani on Hawaii’s Big Island