KIRPAL MEDITATION AND ECOLOGICAL CENTER (KMEC)
Catch your breath from the hustle and bustle in the serenity of our Rollinia Cabin. Queen bed & bunk-bed furnished, it can accommodate up to 4 with an additional charge of $15 each after the first two guests. Children under 12 are free.
The shared fully equipped kitchen and two fully equipped, clean, and modern bathrooms, with a great jungle view, are about 60 feet away.
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 half mile further, as well as excellent snorkeling in the wave-protected Kapoho Tide Pools with dozens of corals, and thousands of brightly colored 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 ocean boiling below. Truly awesome! A peak experience for most of our guests. Please check to see if lava is flowing is flowing down into the sea as sometimes that changes.
Shopping, a natural foods market, and delicious restaurants are 10 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, is our main product. :-)
The cost contained herein is all inclusive covering the required Hawaii Hotel Room Tax Hawaii General Excise Tax.
We do not charge for children under 12 years of age. Ask for a special offer if you are bringing children.
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.
Host & staff were very friendly, however, it's not at all the facility we expected.
On a second read of the description just now, it is fully accurate, however: it's not fully descriptive. The photo makes the cabin look like it's tucked into a secluded spot (far from it), the description mentions nothing of the staff that need to tromp close to the cabin to use the bathrooms thru the night. It felt like they were walking right outside the screen (cinder walkway was really ~15' away, but having arrived after dark, we had no idea). This doused any thoughts of intimacy on our one night get away.
It also doesn't mention the other cabin within coughing distance, or the several times that cars drove past the facility thru the night & felt obliged to honk.
It mentions nothing about the 7AM noise from the staff beginning to clean up from a large event that finished the day before. It mentions nothing about the breakfast, which one might expect as included from a place adverting themselves on a B&B site. Not only is there no breakfast, there is not even coffee (save the generosity of James & Kyle sharing their private stock).
The 'open air' bathroom was fine by me, but my wife was uncomfortable. There is also no light to get you to & up the short stairs to the bath.... a $15 motion light from Costco would solve that. One would also expect the description to mention there is no hot water. Also - it was no issue the night we were there, but those two bathrooms serve all 25+ potential guests on compound.
Frankly the description seems intended to do exactly what it did to us, & we felt used.
If it had been described as a $50 hostel we'd have given it a 7 or 8, but touted as a B&B at over $100 (with fees) it's not a choice we'll ever make again.
KMEC is certainly interested in affording each and every guest an optimal experience and we apologize for not meeting ???'s expectations. Neither our website nor our listing suggests that we provide drinks or food service for our guests. We do provide, however, all kinds of organic, even exotic fruits, many of which cannot be purchased except at local markets when in season. The Rollinia fruit, for example, is truly a delicacy and I hope that you had some of them as they were plentiful and in season, but in the future we will provide complimentary coffee/tea (organic of course). Many of the issues complained about could have been avoided (especially lack of privacy and separation from staff accommodations) with a daylight arrival as is suggested on our website. A move to a more private cabin would have been accommodated given a timely request. The property provides more than 2 showers (six in all) for guests (some more private than others) and, had you arrived before dark, gaining familiarity with the property could have avoided this alleged inconvenience. Sometimes the hot water needs to run awhile a few seconds before getting up to temperature. Flashlights are provided, however The Noni does have a switch which turns on the lights to the toilet and shower facilities in the rear of the cabin. This switch is located on the wall directly besides the front door. Again, a daylight arrival would have avoided this inconvenience. We sincerely hope that you will reconsider a future visit and as a gesture of our good will, we are extending to you a $50 credit to be used at a cabin of his choice in that regard. P.S. The coffee will be on us as well!
Robert Herndon, General Manager, KMEC Hawaii.
It was a nice airy experience, and really worth trying it! Sadly it was raining a lot during our short time staying.
Aloha, We originally planned to stay here for 3 nights, but it was so wonderful that we extended to a full week! The cabin is nice and clean and comfortable. The grounds are beautiful and the fruit trees are plentiful with their fruit available to eat. Stephen was very helpful with touring information and his kindness. Will be back soon!
We spent a lovely evening here. Our cabin was clean, airy, quiet and beautifully, but simply,furnished. The bed was exceedingly comfortable! Bathrooms in adjacent building were open air yet private. The grounds are stunning and perfect for seeking solicitude. .
Our hosts were helpful with steering us to a local spot to snorkel and then swim in thermal pools while watching the sunrise.
A completely positive experience. I wish we had stayed longer!
this is a very special place with a great meditation room. The tranquil cabin is very close to the kitchen and you have also w-lan in this room which is very comfortable. The hosts are very helpful and we had lots of fresh coconut juice, which we enjoyed a lot (jummy). The center is near to the beach and warm water ponds and also to the tree lava park. The coqui frogs are really loud (at around 7pm and in the night), but you can get used to it (earplugs are very useful). For us this was no problem as we really enjoyed to stay at this peaceful meditation place in the rainforest. Thank you, we really enjoyed it!
We greatly enjoyed our time at KMEC. Very cute cabin, beautiful grounds and peaceful meditation pavilion. Our son loved the bunk bed. : ) Len and the staff are very friendly and helpful. Such a beautiful area!
Beautiful, tranquil place. Great location. Lovely staff. Close to the amazing 'Red Road' which is not so red anymore but one of the most beautiful drives we've done on this trip. Would love to come back again one day and actually make use of the meditation room. Too much to see/do this time around. Mahalo!
This place is very unique and the hosts are super friendly. Strongly recommend.
Cozy cabin, beautiful garden, nice people, helpful staff. I could hear birds in the evening and in the morning.
If bathrooms and showers outside bother you, the place is not for you.
What a great place! A true Hawaiian experience. Set up on a 10 acre meditation retreat with tropical fruit growing everywhere and amazing views. 5 min down the road is the ocean break, a beach park and some crazy tied pools to snorkel and see tons of tropical fish. Just up the road in town they have a killer restaurant called Kaleo's that has live music and 5 star food, there is also a cool coffee cafe/bakery with some real good energy.
We stayed in a cool little cabin with a common kitchen and a couple common bath rooms. The kitchen is 100% vegetarian so keep that in mind. As a family of four (2 small boys) we loved it.
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