Welcome to Kalani!

Update Following Tropical Storm Iselle 
Aug 21 - 9:00 AM HST

Kalani is experiencing some unique circumstances following Tropical Storm Iselle's visit to our land. We are ever grateful that everyone is safe, and are honored to provide recovery services to our community as we all work to return to regular daily routines and full operation. We invite our Puna 'ohana to Kalani for the following services:  

  • Kalani has secured a freezer container courtesy of Suisan, which is powered by a generator and fuel donated by the Puna Lion's Club. We have bottled water and a full freezer of ice to distribute. Hawai'i Island Food Basket has provided food that will be available while supplies last. Food, ice and drinking water distribution is open every day at Hale Aloha until 6:00 p.m.

  • Hale Aloha now has free WiFi, which we are happy to provide to the community.

  • Our class schedule has resumed, with most teachers back on the schedule.

If you are an arriving guest, please know that Kalani did experience electricity, Internet and telephone service outages as a result of the storm. We are very happy to report that HELCO has repaired our main electrical artery, and we are restoring power to campus in phases. In the meantime, several areas of campus continue to be run on generators. Water service has been re-established, and the Kalani kitchen continues to serve delicious meals on our usual schedule. 

Mahalo for the outpouring of positive thoughts and intentions - we are proud of our team, our volunteers, and our guests who all kept calm, positive, and extended hands in collective service.

We will update this notice when we have resumed normal operations, or if there are any further updates. 

Kalani is Hawaii's largest retreat center, one of the best-loved centers in the world for more than 35 years.

Visitors from around the world come for our personal and group yoga retreats and our colorful mix of performing arts, nature, adventure, and diverse programming.

Here's what visitors are saying about Kalani: 

"I fell in love with it - didn't want to leave."
"The service was excellent."
"Remarkable international volunteer staff who care..."


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Hawaii Retreat Center - Big Island AccommodationsLife is exuberant on Kalani’s 120 acres of organic agriculture, preserved heritage, and retreat accommodations. Exuberant in fiery lava, invigorating ocean, tropical foliage, and exuberant too with people celebrating the spirit of aloha.

Only five miles away, you'll find easy access to lava fields where the lava flows down into the sea, and Volcano National Park is just a one-hour drive..We are blessed to be upwind, so we have no vog (volcanic smog) here, just the sweet, clean air of the Northeast Trades coming across thousands of miles of Pacific Ocean, considered to be the cleanest air on earth.

Visit our tropical conservation coast and center yourself at the haven Shiva Rea calls "one of the most potent and nurturing retreat centers in the world."

In addition to our world-class workshops and edu-vacations, other ways to experience Kalani include our award-winning volunteer and sabbatical programs, or becoming the steward of a Kalani cottage.

Your Contributions Make a Difference!

Big Island Hula Culture AdventureKalani is established as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charity with a 35-year track record of service. We are the largest NGO provider of recreational and cultural services serving Puna, the poorest district in Hawaii. In addition to serving our community, we also provide substantial services to thousands of retreat center visitors annually.

Whether you stay with us as a guest, or make a tax-deductible donation to one of our funds, your contributions support our educational mission, the preservation of ancient Hawaiian cultural sites, and the development of a model sustainable community.

We value your contributions, and put your dollars to good work transforming lives and preserving cultural heritage. To make a secure, tax-deductible contribution please call (800) 800-6886, or click the button below.

"Kalani is the kind of low-key paradise that makes you fall in love with Hawaii again." – Edward Guthman, The Advocate