Anuenue Freedom Festival (LGBT Pride)

Kalani Staff

July 1, 2011 - July 6, 2011

Anuenue Freedom Festival - Gay Pride HawaiiJoin us over the July 4th holiday weekend for a most unusual and beautiful Pride celebration:  the Anuenue Freedom Festival. Anuenue means rainbow, an important symbol honoring the diversity on this sacred land. The highlight of the weekend will be Sunday July 3rd, a day full of dance, performance, and activities, culminating with fireworks at the Point, overlooking the ocean.  A trek to the lava and to other key sites, and an opportunity to enjoy the performing arts festival, round out this package – making this an incredible time to visit Kalani.

Friday, July 1:  Arrive in Hilo before 1PM, and enjoy an afternoon tour of key local sites.  You will then be transferred to Kalani for a sumptuous dinner and a unique evening welcome celebration held in one of the largest watsu pools in the United States.

Saturday, July 2:  A day to unwind and take in all that Kalani has to offer – from our renowned yoga classes held in breathtaking studios, to your included wellness treatment.  Excursions will be made available to the nearby tidal pools for snorkeling, and the black sand, clothing-optional Kehena beach, where wild spinner dolphins often play.

Anuenue Festival GroundsSunday, July 3:  Anuenue Freedom Festival:  Start the day with an optional trip to Maku’u Market, or an invigorating yoga class, before joining the community for Kalani’s remarkable ecstatic dance. This is the birthplace of ecstatic dance, a joyful and moving dancing form of meditation and celebration that has since swept the nation.  The afternoon will be filled with activities and a festive pool party, and then following a celebratory dinner, enjoy a rich artistic performance at EMAX before finale fireworks at the Point.

Monday, July 4:  A variety of activities on property will be available throughout the day, from yoga to performing arts workshops.  Visit Kehena beach, lounge by the pool, or explore our 125 acres of rainforest and sustainable agriculture projects on a highly recommended guided tour of the property, which will connect you with this incredible land.  Finish the evening with our jungle dance – where the jungle is the source of our clothing!

Gay Hawaii Pride - Jungle DanceTuesday, July 5:  Experience the stunning beauty of the active volcanoes and lava flows on this memorable day of adventure!  Visit the enchanting Volcanoes National Park, where we will visit the most active crater in the world, walk through an extinct lava tube, learn about the monitoring of the volcanic activity, enjoy a spectacular hike, and then refresh ourselves with a wine-tasting from a most unusual winery.  We will then descend to Kalapana where the Pu’u O’o lava flow often crashes right into the ocean, creating spectacular sunset viewing.  In the evening, join a fun and engaging hula lesson after dinner, before your final evening on Hawaii’s wild coast.

Wednesday, July 6:  After breakfast, you will be transferred to Hilo airport, for your short flight to Honolulu.  For those swimming the 1500 free at the IGLA Championships, you will arrive in Honolulu with plenty of time to register and swim.

About the Facilitator(s)

This event is presented by Kalani staff, including Richard Koob and others. Please visit the About section of our website for more information about Kalani and our staff.


Workshop Fees

Kalani is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charity. Your stay here supports our educational mission, preservation of ancient Hawaiian cultural sites, and the development of a model sustainable community.

Included: Accommodation as selected below, all meals, noted tours, and classes.

Not Included: Flights to/from Hilo airport, and airport transfers if arriving outside the group arrival/departure times (July 1st, 1PM.) Continental Airlines has direct flights from San Francisco and Los Angeles to Hilo; Hawaiian Airlines and go! Mokulele both offer intra-island service between Honolulu and Hilo.

Fees per person: Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
6 - Cottage $ 1300 $ 1850
5 - Tropical Loft $ 1200 $ 1625
4 - Tree House Room $ 1200 $ 1625
3 - Bungalow Room $ 1150 $ 1500
2 - Lodge Room (private bath) $ 1100 $ 1400
1 - Lodge Room (shared bath) $ 1000 $ 1175

Additional nights can be added on to the beginning of this package at our special IGLA a la carte rates. Click here for rates and details.