Information Update – Suspension of Operations
Letter from Joel Tan, Executive Director
Earthquake activity and lava eruptions in Lower Puna beginning in May 2018 rendered Kalanihonua unable to safely deliver programming due to intermittent poor air quality, road closures, and earthquakes. Out of an abundance of caution, and to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone on campus, Kalanihonua leadership temporarily suspended public programming, including the volunteer program, guest stays and retreats for the months of May and June.
Unfortunately, as of June 1, 2018, we are unable to inform you of Kalanihonua’s reopen date, given that the lava flow shows no sign of abating. All operations are indefinitely suspended and we are not accepting future reservations at this time. All staff have been laid off effective June 2, 2018, and care of Kalanihonua’s next evolution rests with our Board of Directors.
I have been awestruck, since I came on as ED, by the love and dedication I have witnessed of everyone who plays a part at Kalanihonua. As this chapter ends and another unfolds, I am bolstered by the good work we have done together, and know that we all remain passionate and committed to contributing to the recovery and success of Kalanihonua and Hawaii Island.
The lava flow has created significant financial hardship for Kalanihonua, and as such we are not yet in a position to provide refunds on deposits paid for retreat and guest reservations. The Kalanihonua Board of Directors will follow through with making everyone whole as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience this causes.
In the meantime, we thank you for your support and patience. Please share questions, suggestions or concerns via [email protected]
With love and aloha,
Joel B. Tan & Your Kalanihonua ‘Ohana