Events This Month

Friday, May 27

An Evening with Filmmaker Cheryl Dunye

7:00pm - 10:00pm
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An Evening with Filmmaker Cheryl Dunye hosted by Joel Barraquiel Tan

Join us for a screening of THE WATERMELON WOMAN, Cheryl Dunye's debut feature which follows Cheryl, played by herself, as she struggles to make a video-documentary about a beautiful 1930’s film actress popularly known as “the Watermelon Woman.” The film features many notables from the lesbian and gay community including: Guin Turner (Go Fish), Sarah Schulman, Camille Paglia and highlights the photography of Zoe Leonard. Produced by Barry Swimar (Paris is Burning) and Alexandra Juhasz, and distributed in the U.S. by First Run Features.

A Q+A with Cheryl will follow the film screening.

Cheryl Dunye is a native of Liberia and received her BA from Temple University and MFA from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. Dunye has received numerous national and international honors for her work in the media arts.

Her fourth feature film THE OWLS, was celebrated at national and international film festivals in 2010. Her third feature film, Miramax’s, MY BABY’S DADDY, was a box office success and played at theaters nationwide. Dunye’s second feature, the acclaimed HBO Films, STRANGER INSIDE, garnered Dunye an Independent Spirit award nomination for best director in 2002.

Dunye wrote, directed and starred in her first film which was the first African American lesbian feature film, THE WATERMELON WOMAN. It was awarded the Teddy Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival and best feature in L.A.’s OutFest, Italy’s Torino, and France’s Creteil Film Festivals. Dunye’s other works have been included in the Whitney Biennial and screened at festivals in New York, London, Tokyo, Cape Town, Amsterdam and Sydney. Dunye has served on the Directors Guild of America’s Independent Council and on the advisory board for New York’s Independent Film Project’s Gordon Parks Award. She was also a mentor for IFP/ West Project Involve and a board member of Los Angeles OUTFEST.

Presently she is Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Queer Cultural Center, sits on the board of Radar Productions, and is on the advisory board of Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project. In addition Dunye has received grants from the Astraea Foundation and Frameline; a recipient of a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts; a fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation; and graced with the prestigious Anonymous was a Woman Award as well as a lifetime achievement award from Girlfriend’s Magazine. Based in San Francisco and Los Angeles, Dunye is at work on several new projects.

Location: Kalani
Admission: Free + donations gratefully accepted
No reservation required + call 808 965 7828 for more information

Saturday, May 28

Reclaiming Our Lost Soul Pieces with Stewart Blackburn

9:00am - 4:30pm
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We all have let go of parts of ourselves in order to survive. But now we need them back!

In this workshop we will:
° Explore how we have shrunk ourselves to Kit in.
° Learn many techniques for bringing back our lost pieces
° Learn how to accept, honor, and nurture those pieces that have felt left out and unloved for so long.

We can never be fully whole until we have integrated all the pieces of who we are. Today we start!

Stewart Blackburn is a shamanic practitoner and teacher whose focus is on helping people become self-empowered and self-loving. He is an ordained senior teacher (alaka'i) of Aloha International (Huna) who teaches many classes, both at Kalani and online. He is a writer, a counselor and a healer. His book, The Skills of Pleasure, has been a helpful tool for many people. He lives quietly in the jungle near Kalani with his dog, Pono.

Location: Kalani OV25 Studio
: $40
for Kamaʻāina, Guests or Volunteers

Does not include lunch, which is available for purchase at Kalani. The workshop will run from 9:00 am to 12 pm and 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm.

Saturday, May 28

Kalani Permaculture Series: Mushroom Cultivation FUNdamentals

9:00am - 2:00pm
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Easy to grow, on a wide variety of materials, nutritious and delicious mushrooms are an excellent complement to any garden or landscape. Learn the basics of cultivating edible and medicinal fungi for you and your family, on materials that are easily sourced locally.

We will begin the day with a lecture, followed by hands-on training at Kalani's Permaculture Demonstration Garden.

This workshop will be facilitated by Zach Mermel of Ola Design Group.

One part ecologist, one part horticulturist, one part land designer, Zach has been collaborating with fungi for nearly a decade. He has complemented his own hands-on experiences of fungi, by studying with a number of well-regarded mycologists, including Paul Stamets.

Location: Kalani. Blue Moon Room
Admission: $50
Guests, $40 Kama'aina & Kalani Staff, plus $25 materials supply fee.
Reservations: Call Tony at 808-965-0468 ext. 108 or [email protected].                                             

Reservation Deadline: Wednesday, May 25th, to ensure that all particpants have the necessary materials for the workshop. 

~Lunch is available for purchase at Kalani~

Sunday, May 29

Ecstatic Dance - Sunday, May 29th, 2016

10:30am - 12:30pm
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Kalani Ecstatic Dance is a conscious, non-verbal celebration of life and movement in our open-air, oceanfront space.

Join us each week for a community dance experience, Sunday morning "spirit time," and focused, compassionate presenters.

Kalani Ecstatic Dance is for adults age 18 and older. If you'd like to join us for lunch at Kalani, meal tickets are available for purchase.

Arrival set: 10:30 to 11:00 AM
Opening Circle: 11:00 AM
Closing Circle:12:30 PM

Admission: $10 kama'āina, $15 Guests - gratefully accepted at the door.
Location: Kalani. 12-6860 Kalapana Kapoho Road, Pahoa, HI 96778

01-May: Oneself
08-May: Opulence
15-May: Rajasick & Pathway
22-May: Ascentix
29-May: Maxwell

- Move however you wish.
- Refrain from verbal communication in the space.
- Refrain from drug and alcohol use in the space.
- Please refrain from photos, video, and shoes and scents.
- Observe respect for self and one another's space.
- Use sensitivity when engaging with one another

Note: For safety and liability reasons, we are not able to accommodate children at Ecstatic Dance. If you do bring a child, that child must be accompanied by an adult at all times outside the dance space.

Friday, June 3

Active Meditation: A Way to Refocus Your Life with Shola Ricco

1:00pm - 4:00pm
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Meditation is a beautiful way to stay grounded and achieve the skills needed to live in the now. It also has a positive effect on your health, sleep, longevity, creativity and happiness. Meditating in a group and sharing the silence creates connections and cultivates community.

Active Meditation is a style that advocates movement followed by silence. Taking the time to go inward and explore, the goal of this workshop is to achieve a taste of your inner sky, your inner silence. By combining sound, breath, movement, dance and stillness, Active Mediation helps you to stay grounded, reduce stress and increase creativity and personal power. No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome on this joyful journey to find peace of mind, inner calm and stillness.

Shola Angela Ricco is an internationally trained Healer and Teacher who has devoted the past 25 years of her life to soul evolution. She is a certified Osho Meditation Facilitator. She has trained with Frank Natale and Wilbert Alex in Trance Dance and has been a practicing Trance Dance facilitator on the Big Island since 2004.  Shola is a graduate of the Natale Institute in Turin, Italy and the Nine Gates Mystery School founded by Dr. Gay Luce

Friday, June 3

Hawaiian Culture Series: Wahi Pana, Myths and legends of Pelehonuamea

7:30pm - 9:30pm
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Kalani's Hawaiian Culture Events provide a unique forum where Hawai`i and its peoples can come together and share cultural knowledge, customs, and aloha to all willing to receive. These events feature a different Hawaiian cultural practitioner who speaks and shares 'ike (wisdom) through talk story, hō`ike`ike (demonstration), or hana`ana

June 3, 2016:

In Hawaiian culture "wahi pana" are defined as celebrated or noted as legendary places or landmarks of special interest and historical significance. Each of these places have distinguishing landmarks (mountians, peaks, streams, wind, and rain etc.) that are given specific names and are connected to the rich history, chants, stories, and songs that are traditonally passed down from one generation to the next. 

In this case... we will be hearing the story of "Haʻi moʻolelo", about the most revered volcano fire goddess in Hawaiʻi "Pelehonuamea".  Lightning up ancient Hawaiian legends and Myths related to fire, lightning, water, wind, dance, and volcano craters.  Her journey from Kahiki to Hawaiʻi Island  along with a 40 day trial period requesting her younger sister "Hiʻiaka" to fetch her lover "Lohiʻau" King of Kauaʻi  and bring him back home to her in a place called Halemaʻumaʻu at the summit of Kilauea where she resides. All of Hawaiʻi islands  lay in the setting of her stories to this day it is believed according to legend any volcanic eruption in Hawaii are traits to Peleʻs longing to be with her true love.

Tu'ulei "Tu'u" Goo was born and raised in Hawaii. Her Hawaiian name is Ku'ulei but most people call her "Tu'u" for short. She is pleased to share her ʻike (knowledge) with malihini (visitors) and kamaʻaina (commoners) alike. Tu'u has been teaching conversational Hawaiian language, history and culture for over five years to a variety of ages from ʻopio (young) to kupuna (elder). She obtained her two Bachelors of Arts degrees in 2000 from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo where she majored in History of the Pacific and Hawaiian Studies. She has been sharing her knowledge within the lower Puna community for over half a decade.

Location: Kalani. 12-6860 Kalapana Kapoho Road, Pahoa, HI 96778
Admission: Free,donations gratefully accepted at the door and go directly to the presenter.

Friday, June 10

Rhythm Full Circle with Deborah Masterson

2:15pm - 4:15pm
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Immerse yourself in this form of moving, musical exploration. Develop your awareness and deepen your understanding of rhythm in its many forms. You don’t need to play an instrument. People from all paths come together to transform their relationship to music, to each other, and to life. Bring your curiosity!

In a  two-hour rhythm circle, we vocalize, step, and clap simultaneously. Gently held and supported by the group, we weave different rhythms on several levels. Our  experience of repeatedly falling into chaos and then re-emerging into a higher level of organization leads us to an awareness not only of music, but also of learning and life. It’s an opportunity for us –together– to explore the power of rhythm to instruct, challenge, and heal.

Wear comfortable clothes and an open mind. Yoga mats are available for your use.

Rhythm Full Circle

Deborah Masterson, a certified advanced TaKeTiNa rhythm teacher, began to train with the founders, Reinhard and Cornelia Flatischler in 1998 and continues to do so. Her fascination with the mystery and power of rhythm was ignited when, in 1988, she attended a Samulnori (Korean folk drumming) concert. For many years, she concentrated on Korean percussion and dance, both in Honolulu and in Korea. More recently, her explorations have included West African dundun, Cuban and Congolese congas, dumbek, and frame drum.

Rhythm circles are based on the TaKeTiNa method for rhythm education and therapy. In 2008, Deborah and her mainland partner, Zorina Wolf (the interviewee) prepared this video to help answer the question: What is TaKeTiNa?

Location: Kalani. 12-6860 Kalapana-Kapoho Rd. Pahoa HI, 96778
: Donations gratefully accepted.

Saturday, June 11

Reiki Master Workshop with Daniel Tallant and Kelley Rasch

9:00am - 5:30pm
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Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing.  Reiki is the laying on of hands that channels universal life force energy to aid in balancing the subtle energies within our bodies.  Reiki addresses physical, emotional, mental as well as spiritual imbalances.

Participants will be attuned to the Master practitioner/teacher level, practice giving healing sessions, and learn how to attune new practitioners.

Prerequisite: Certified Reiki II Practitioner

Daniel Tallant is a Usui Master Reiki Teacher and Certified Intuitive. He has been practicing Reiki for over 5 years and involved in the health and wellness industry for almost 20 years with a focus on physical, mental, and emotional disturbances. Daniel utilizes a Shamanic Journey approach with the use of crystals and pendulums to balance the chakras and maximize the healing energies for his clients.

Kelley Rasch has been studying holistic healing modalities for over 10 years. She is a Reiki Master, Karuna Reiki Master, Tuning Fork Practitioner, Intuitive Massage Therapist, Sound Healer, and Aromatherapist.  Kelley uses her numerous modalities as a magical alchemy blend that activates all five senses during her sessions. She works from a place of deep compassion and hard earned skills. Whether she is traveling to Thailand to learn Thai massage or teaching lymphatic drainage next to the ocean in Peru, Kelley is always learning. Hawaii has been inspiring her to learn local healing methods and dive even deeper into her love for the earth and the wisdom of the plants.

Location: Kalani. Blue Moon Room
Admission: $200 Guests, $150 Kama'aina, $100 Kalani Volunteers

Registration: Maximum of 20 participants. To register, call Tony at (808) 965-0468 ext. 108 or email [email protected]

Saturday, June 11

Adventures in Hawaiian Shamanism with Stewart Blackburn

1:30pm - 3:30pm
Other Kalani - see description

 Adventures in Hawaiian Shamanism is a series of stand-alone classes that explore the esoteric knowledge of Ancient Hawaii. This form of that knowledge is called Huna and comes from the island of Kauai. In these classes we work with the elements, the animals, the plants, and the Spirits for healing and self-knowledge. The guiding principle is Aloha and all that we do is an extension of that principle. We use a Huna-style Shamanic Journey in each class to explore and work with the inner world to help make the outer world a better place.

This month's topic:

Working with the Hawaiian Goddesses. Whether we want to invoke gods and goddesses as real beings or as metaphors for particular aspects of experience, what matters most is that we hold a vision of them to help us accomplish our goals. Seven of the Hawaiian Goddesses are especially useful for this and we will explore each of them in detail in this class.

Stewart Blackburn is a shamanic practitioner and teacher whose focus is on helping people become self-empowered and self-loving. He is an ordained senior teacher (alaka'i) of Aloha International (Huna) who teaches many classes, both at Kalani and online. He is a writer, a counselor, and a healer, and many people have found his book, The Skills of Pleasure, very helpful. He lives quietly in the jungle near Kalani with his dog, Pono.

Location: Kalalni. 12-6860 Kalapana-Kapoho Rd. Pahoa HI 96778
Admission: Free / donations gratefully accepted at the door

Saturday, June 11

Fat, Forward and Fine

7:30pm - 9:00pm
Other - see description

A storytelling perfomance with Kimberly Dark

This is Kimberly’s first new show in four years! Her funny-sexy-thinky performances have been performed at venues around the world during the past twenty years. And most often, they start out being workshopped right here in lower Puna.

Fat, Forward and Fine is no exception. Come enjoy the show and give comments in the post show discussion. Read more about Kimberly, her writing and shows at

Location: Kalani 12-6860 Kalapana-Kapoho Rd., Pahoa HI, 96778
: Suggested donation $7-$15

Friday, June 17

Full Moon Drum and Dance with Chris Berry

7:00pm - 10:00pm
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For thousands of years drum and dance has been used for healing and expansion. Join us for a Full moon Kasha in which we dance to ancient rhythms with the intention of burning blocks away and expansion with rhythm and dance into our greater selves.


Chris Berry was initiated as a master drummer at the age of 19 and  spent over 30 years playing in AFrica and internationally. Now based on the Big Island Chris Brings his healing rhythms to the Aina to be shared every Friday closest to the full moon at Kalani.

Location: Kalani, 12-6860 Kalapana-Kapoho Rd., Pahoa HI, 96778
$15 Guests, $10 Kama'aina
Reservations: No reservations necessary

Saturday, June 18

Kalani Permaculture Series: Honey Harvesting & Processing

1:30pm - 4:30pm
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Do you love honey?  

Wanna get sticky and harvest some to eat fresh from the hive?!

Join Paradise Nectar Apiaries and Kalani on June 18th to harvest and sample some of the delicious treats from the hive.  Fresh pollen, nectar, and honey!  Oh my!!

Learn how to process hive products from the hive to the jar. We will also be discussing other value-added hive products and how to make them.

Jen Rasmussen started learning about bees about eight years ago here on the Big Island.  After a few months working with bees, several pests & diseases made their way to the Big Island.  The learning curve was rough for many bees & their keepers.  Several beekeepers lost their bees and struggled to recover.  At this time Jen Rasmussen began her journey learning how to care for bees with these new pests & diseases without the use of chemical treatments.

Over the years the bees have grown strong and capable of protecting and sustaining their hives.  It may be witnessed at Paradise Nectar Apiaries, even after many losses, the strong bees survive, and create the new hives that will repopulate the apiary.  Jen Rasmussen encourages strong hygienic behavior in the hives and teaches how to provide preventative hive management that will keep the bees healthy and strong.

To learn more about intuitive treatment-free beekeeping visit and like the Paradise Nectar Apiaries facebook page.

~All proceeds will benefit the bee-keeping efforts at Kalani~

Location: Kalani. Blue Moon Room
Admission: $50
Guests, $45 Kama'aina, $10 Kalani Volunteers
Reservations: Call Tony at 808-965-0468 ext. 108 or [email protected].

Saturday, June 18

~The Mothership~ An Epic Equinox Event with Jade Rajbir Kaur (Jade Light)

7:30pm - 9:30pm
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A Magical Journey Into the Primordial Sound Current

Come Bliss Out To Gentle Kundalini Yoga & A Symphony of GONG, Singing Bowls, Didgeridoo & Tuning Forks

Led lovingly by Jade Rajbir Kaur

 Jade Rajbir KaurJade Rajbir Kaur is a Certified 3HO Kundalini Yoga Teacher (as taught by Yogi Bhajan), Quantum Biofeedback Practitioner, and Wellness Coach. Jade loves to help others heal and awaken to their own Infinite Divinity. She leads Wellness Workshops and Retreats at her Lava Temple in Kalapana, Big Island HI; as well as in NYC and Asia. Jade is also Founder of the Adi Shakti Refuge, and Co-Founder of the Buddha Wisdom Garden. Please visit, mahalo!

Location: Kalani, 12-6860 Kalapana-Kapoho Rd., Pahoa HI, 96778
Admission: Suggested Exchange:  $20 Guests & Kama'aina, $10 Kalani Volunteers 

  • The event begins promptly at 7:30pm; please arrive on time so we can tune in together as a group.
  • It is recommended to bring a blanket / shawl with which to cover yourself.
  • This event is open to adults only.

Saturday, June 25

Backbending, Breathing & Bandhas: A Jivamukti Workshop.

9:00am - 12:00pm
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Backbends provide entry into the ANAHATA (heart) chakra, located at the center of the chest. Anahata chakra is associated with our karmic relationships with others whom we feel have hurt us. When we bend backwards, we access our heart center and allow the experience of those relationships to come to the surface. That can be very scary, because it forces us to see that the source of negativity is within us, not in the others whom we usually feel have wronged us—we can only see things outside of us that we already have within us; nothing exists in the world except as a projection of our own minds. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “I have decided to go with love; hate is just too heavy a burden to bear.” Backbends also stimulate the thymus gland. The thymus plays a significant role in our immune system, which can be suppressed when we dwell in dark emotions. Stimulating that gland can help keep our immune system working effectively and contribute to better health. Our physical, psychological and spiritual health is intertwined."-Sharon gannon

~This workshop is open to all levels~

Banka Jennifer Schneider came to yoga through Buddhism. She was first exposed to meditation and chanting while living at Tassajara Zen Monastery and Green Dragon Temple.She went on pilgrimage to India to study with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and to France to study with Thich Nhat Hanh. In 2003 Banka completed her first teacher training at Kalani with Kathy Elder.In 2007, she became certified in both Sivananda and Jivamukti Yoga and became an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher in 2015.Banka has spent 5 weeks since 2008, studying, living with and taking care of her teachers in New York and has currently been teaching yoga for over a decade.

Location: Kalani, Rainbow Room
$50 Guests, $30 Kama'aina, $20 Kalani Volunteers
Contact Tony at  [email protected] or 808-965-0468 ext. 108

Saturday, June 25

Inner Dance With Petronila Tabudlo Blank

1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Using music set to brain wave frequencies, Petronila will guide you into an expanded state of consciousness. Be a witness to the stories you hold within you.

Unlock stuck emotions, energies, misguided beliefs. See and feel your Magnificent Self. Gain Clarity and Insights yet to be explored.

Petronila Tabudlo Blank is originally from Hawai'i. She specializes in Energy work and Bodywork, which are Ito Thermie, Lomi lomi, KCR (Kinetics Chain Release), AromaTouch, Reiki, Ha Art, Inner Dance. Petronila completed the Inner Dance Facilitators training in 2010 with the founder Pi Villaraza in Hawai'i and than took the Intensive training in the Philippines in 2011. She currently facilitates sessions on the island of Hawai'i for children and adults. Her aim is for all Beings, which includes children, to have a voice, empowering them to make their communities a better place. Petronila seeks to raise the vibration through her connection to nature, spirit, and every person she meets with ALOHA.

Location: Kalani. 12-6860 Kalapana Kapoho Road, Pahoa, HI 96778
$10, gratefully accepted at the door.
No registration is necessary.