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KIRPAL MEDITATION AND ECOLOGICAL CENTER (KMEC)
Find solace in this cozy screen cabin nestled in the Puna jungle, with a partial great ocean view, light trade winds, a lanai (deck), its own private bathroom, outdoor shower, and a comfortable Queen size bed. The newly constructed Ocean Vista Cabin, nestled in the Jungle and closer to the Community Kitchen is an upgrade to this wonderful Dragonfly Cabin and I would recommend considering that as well before you decide. If you have a third person in your party and require a separate room nearby, we will open up the beautiful Butterfly room (otherwise it will not be used during your stay).
Please note that the shared kitchen is about 800 feet away from this particular space, so you may want to drive back & forth through the orchard.
Our spacious and open ten acre property is surrounded by a buffer of Jungle and features 150+ trees with 30 or so kinds of tropical fruit. You're welcome to help yourself to the freshest fruit possible whenever they're ripe!
Swimming is half a mile away at Isaac Kepo'okalani Hale Park, one of the few safe places for swimming on this rugged, extremely scenic, coast.
A body-temperature warm-pond park is just a mile further, as well as excellent snorkeling in the large, wave-protected, Kapoho Tide Pools, with dozens of corals and thousands of brightly colored tropical fish.
The nearly constant lava-flow area is just half an hour to the West of us, and perfect for a sunset, or sunrise, hike where you'll often see a cascade of red-hot lava plunging 50 or 60 feet into the boiling ocean below. Truly awesome! A peak experience for most of our guests.
Shopping, a natural foods market, and delicious restaurants are 15 minutes away in Pahoa Town. Several large Farmer Markets operate on the weekends too.
Our Teak Meditation Pavilion was made in Bali and is, to us, a very holy and special place for prayer and reflection. We don't preach, or otherwise "reach out"...., it's simply there if you would like some peace and tranquility - which is, as most people tell us, our main product. :-)
Please try to arrive before dark or shortly thereafter.
The cost contained Please try to arrive before dark or shortly thereafter. is all inclusive covering the required Hawaii Hotel Room Tax Hawaii General Excise Tax.
Check out our reviews on AirBNB! www.airbnb.com. They speak for themselves. KMEC is the best value around for places under $100.
Mahalo Nui Loa,
Len & the gang.
We comfortably exist on a large solar electric system, some propane, and mostly catchment rain water. You don't have to scrimp, but we do ask that you be mindful of the limits of these kinds of "off grid" systems.
A VEGETARIAN FACILITY
KMEC is a vegetarian oriented facility. The owners and some of our staff are strict vegetarians avoiding meat, fish fowl and eggs (both fertile and infertile). They do eat cheese and dairy. Meat eating and non-vegetarian guests are most welcome at KMEC. You should advise our General Manager of your dietary preferences when booking your reservation. We will make every effort to accommodate you and provide you with the most enjoyable stay possible.
DRUGS, TOBACCO, ALCOHOL AND INTOXICANTS
KMEC is a drug, alcohol, tobacco and intoxicants free center. Our focus is on meditation, spirituality, healing our body, giving peace to our soul and healthy living. The owners and some of our staff totally abstain from the use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco and intoxicants. We recognize that not all of our guests are similarly oriented and you will be welcome in any event. You should advise our General Manager of your particular preferences, if any, with regard to these issues and we will make every effort to accommodate you. Please let management know in advance when inviting guests on property.
KMEC is a place that promotes nonviolence, truthfulness, humility, purity, selfless service, meditation and healthy living. KMEC does not discriminate based on age, race, religion or sexual preferences.
I booked my stay on airbnb and received a call during the day from Marjane. She introduced herself and provided me with directions. She also asked to bring a flashlight. At this point I started to wonder what I was getting myself in to. Upon arrival, Marjane showed me the property and explained the basic rules. I grew up in the suburbs and usually stay at the Hilton or other resorts, so this was definitely something I have never done- so for others who can relate, please listen to the following: This was one of the best experiences I had on the big island. The property has a calming feeling and one can truly enjoy the nature here. Yes, it's a bit out of the ordinary but that's the beauty of this place- it's camping with the amenities of your home. The outdoor shower is spectacular and yes- very private. There are rules to protect the property from bugs and rodents and there are NONE here even though the place is in the middle of a rainforest. Marjane is a wonderful host, who will guide you on the rules and will make your stay extraordinary. She even informed me of a tidal pool nearby with some beautiful corrals. Highly recommended.
Len and Marjane were fantastic. Thank you guys.
Coming back from a 4 day backpacking trip, the Dragonfly cabin was the perfect transition to civilization. It had just the right amount of being "out there" that I wanted to hold on to. I loved being here but I would caution that it might not be for everyone. To them... I would say lighten up :) Time to enjoy the beautiful green lizards that will drop by the cabin - if you are nice.
On a side note, while camping, we went hunting for mangoes and after searching for more than a hour, we came back with a few busted but incredible mangoes. A fellow traveller told us about this "mythical" place where there were hundreds of mango trees - right by the road - where you could pick as many mangoes as you liked. I never imagined I'd find it. I walked out the meditation center and I was like... what in the world. I was there!
This was a very unique and pleasant experience. Len and his associates are very accommodating hosts. We enjoyed sleeping in the rain forest, observing the local volcanic activity, and spending time along the coastal area. We highly recommend this location!
We were so happy to find this gem! Len & staff were super friendly & knowledgable. The room is incredibly unique - We fell asleep & woke up to the sounds of the jungle! The nearby parks and road leading to KMEC were amazing, and we had the best stargazing of our entire HI trip. Would absolutely recommend!
First of all, Leonard, who owns and is developing the Center, is a wonderful man to talk to. The Center is a project on behalf of His spiritual master, Sant Kirpal Singh. Len's assistant Steve was very helpful in all things including trying to make my laptop work.There are extensive grounds with the cabins and common buildings spread out, so there is a lot of privacy and quiet if you want it. I stayed in the Peaceful Dragon, a screened in space that was next to the meditation building. There were lots of birds in the morning, and at night you could hear the coquis (tree frogs) and hear the ocean in the distance.
It was close to some of the beaches and ocean overviews in the Puna area. It's about a 45-60 minute drive up to Volcano National Park.
First - I'm not the target demographic. The focus of the center is to provide a peaceful location for meditation and contemplation. I, on the other hand, was in Hawaii mostly to explore the Big Island and I've never meditated in my life. That said, the Peaceful Dragonfly Cabin was a WONDERFUL place to stay.
The complex is NOT well marked, but the directions given were precise and accurate. I was warmly greeted on arrival and taken on an extensive tour of the grounds, including the orchards, and was made to feel entirely welcome and free to make use of all of the public areas, and was invited to partake in breakfast the next morning. I was given a great recommendation for relaxing in nearby hot pots as well.
The cabin itself is both wide open (screen walls) and enclosed by the forest. Lots of birds and critters around, but except for a gecko or two, they stayed outside. It's very close to upscale camping (thought the bed was pretty comfortable, and towels were provided). Hearing the rustling of the flora and skittering of the fauna after dark was peaceful and conducive to both reflection and sleep. It was fascinating to hear the progression in creature noises through the night.
There's a full bath adjacent to the cabin, and there was plenty of hot water for a short shower in the morning (and the partial view to the ocean at dawn was a great way to refresh). The only slightly disappointing note to the entire experience was that the solar-powered electricity went off after only about 8 minutes of use with one CF lightbulb. Not sure whether this was a glitch, or whether you should assume that it's lights out after dark. It wasn't really a problem for me as I was able to read my tablet, but it would have made for a longer evening if I'd planned on needing the light. OTOH, maybe that's what a meditator would appreciate.
My only regret is that I misjudged my timing, and found myself on the diametrically opposite point on the island late the next day, and, having a very early flight out of Hilo the following morning, decided not to drive all the way back. I would definitely consider renting here again, and staying to enjoy more of the amenities!
We had a dead battery cell which has now been replaced. Lights out was a fluke. Sorry it happened on your watch. Plenty of light now both inside and outside. Come again and stay longer. Appreciate your review.
A great place to find peace and quiet. Great host and very knowable, Steve, is a gem. Would definitely go back and stay.
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About the Host, Kirpal Meditation And Ecological Center (KMEC), A Vegetarian Friendly Facility
The lava flow currently is not effecting KMEC. The flow is away from us and has subsided. Major roads are open. Enjoy the natural beauty of this island. Mahalo.
Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center is a half mile from the ocean on the eastern tip of the Big Island of Hawaii, approximately seven miles from the small village of Pahoa. The 10-acre ocean-view property is blessed with average daytime temperatures of 85° F year-round, and 65° F at night, with cool, fragrant trade winds, surrounding tropical flora, including old growth mangoes, nearby swimming, surfing and snorkeling.
This property was once a papaya farm and is now newly planted with bamboo, papaya, palms, banana and many other fruit trees. The octagonal Balinese meditation pavilion is set among shade-trees with an expansive view of the ocean. The island wildlife is all around us – a variety of birds by day and at night there's the pleasant chirping of Coqui frogs – and there are no snakes. Natural wonders include Volcanoes National Park, for lava and crater viewing, volcanically heated warm ponds and steam vents (as outdoor saunas) and other wonders of the lush tropics.
Kmec opened in the summer of 2008 for pre-arranged seasonal meditation retreats and private meditation-vacations on request. Additionally, we would like to extend our welcome to Big Island travelers offering cozy cottages and open air kitchen and bath. We offer daily free meditation instructions and practices at our beautiful Balinese meditation pavillion. Additionally, we offer Yoga and nature tours upon guest's request (donations accepted).