About This Listing
This has a comfortable double bed for two tucked away in our Milo and Noni forest with plenty of room and a small deck.
KIRPAL MEDITATION AND ECOLOGICAL CENTER (KMEC)
Our very spacious covered Milo Orchard Double Bed Mini Cabin with private deck, offers as much room as a small cabin with a walk in entrance and the ability to stand inside of it straight up. Always dry and comfy inside with a double bed and is secluded in our Milo and Noni forest orchard.
The shared kitchen and two fully equipped, clean, and modern bathrooms, also with jungle view, are about 120 feet away.
Our spacious and open ten acre property is surrounded by a buffer of Jungle and features 450+ 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.
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. :-)
Please try to arrive before dark or shortly thereafter.
Please note that we do not charge for children under 12 years of age.
The cost contained herein is all inclusive covering the required Hawaii Hotel Room Tax and the Hawaii General Excise Tax (13.25%)
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.
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 inform management in advance when inviting friends or relatives 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.
Marjane, the Swiss manager, made rude comments from the start, spent an hour at check in going over the rules. Cabin was not the one we reserved. They told us there would be wifi and outlets in our cabin, there weren't. There was one extension cord the lamp was plugged into. The cabin was very small, unfinished, curtains only on one side, and two twins, not double. Marjane padlocks the gate at 11 but said we could call if we were going to be out late and she would leave it open. One night we called, she told us she would lock it anyway for security and so we wouldn't disturb the other guests. We walked back in the dark and cobweb covered. Car honking every morning at 7 am. At check in she showed us an empty cabin and said we were welcome to hang out there. On our last (3rd) night we were getting up early for long plane travel and layovers. We had not charged our devices. I unplugged the lamp, plugged in my tablet and went to bed. Brian still had to finalize his route from Tokyo airport to our Airbnb there. We didnt feel comfortable leaving tablet overnight in the open kitchen, so Brian went in the cabin she told us we were welcome in to leave it charging. He was taking some screenshots of the information he needed, while sitting on the edge of the bed with a corner of only the gecko poop cover pulled up (no chairs), when marjane barged in and started screaming at him that she could have him arrested for trespassing! Told him to go straight back to our cabin, and that she would be watching him! She could not be reasoned with. Then she barges into our cabin where I am asleep and undressed, shines her flashlight on me and is yelling at me about it! Says we are lucky she doesn't kick us out now, she will leave us a very bad review, raging on and on. We were so disturbed we couldn't sleep for hours. In the morning we tried to get out of there without incident but she harasses me about where the flashlight was (in the cabin!) Where brian was (the bathroom) and yelled at me not to drive my car, that I needed to ask her for permission, and called me lazy for driving it to the kitchen. She then threatened to turn off the wifi so I could not pull up my boarding passes, (!!) Threw our food at us, told us over and over "shut up" and "get out" , called us "trash", threatened to call the cops, and I told her go ahead! We are paying guests and have done nothing! She called them! We left. It was a total nightmare. We called the owner, Len, who offered us a refund, but since then has changed his tune and hasn't told us why. No refund has been given. Unbelievable.
There is always two sides to a story! While checking our vacant cabins on my twice a day rounds, I noticed that Ms. Hanlen & her partner had sneaked into our most expensive Ocean Vista cabin (they had rented one of our Milo orchard cabins) without authorization! Contrary to what she states, I never authorized her & her partner to use the Ocean Vista cabin at any time.
When I politely asked them what they were doing in the Ocean Vista cabin, instead of apologizing, they rudely responded: "The cabin's empty. What's the big deal etc.?" Then, they claimed they were using the Ocean Vista because they didn't have any electrical outlets in their cabin. This is a false statement because all our Milo cabins have electrical outlets (pictures available on our website). Moreover, I reminded them that there are plenty of outlets in our guest areas (communal kitchen, Yoga Hall, outdoor Gazebo etc.) which they could've used. They responded by saying: "We didn't want anyone else to see what video we were watching etc." Both Ms. Hanlen and her partner continued using disrespectful and aggressive language against me the following day in front of 2 other guests. I decided to call the police because at that point I felt threatened, and I was concerned they may either harm me or damage the property. Furthermore, Ms. Hanlen and her partner, disrespected all our guidelines on which they were briefed shortly after their arrival (guidelines also posted in each cabin & guest areas). They took long showers, left the lights on in guest areas, left the fridge door open etc. I tried to explain to them that as a meditation center that we are, most of our guests go to bed early, and driving their car to their cabins very late at night, will disturb other guests. This is the reason why I asked them to park their car outside our gate, and walk to their cabins. The great majority of our guests have no problems respecting this basic guideline . As is evident from all the fantastic reviews we have from other guests, Ms. Hanlen and her partner obviously had difficulty understanding and abiding by our guidelines, and this is the root of the problem. Last, but not least, I do not recommend Ms. Hanlen and her partner to any host.
An amazing experience!! I highly recommend staying here for as long as you can
My partner and I had an extremely lovely time at KMEC..so much so, that we booked an extra night within an hour of our arrival! If you're into tranquility, nature, and sustainable living, this is a for sure place to check out. We enjoyed some freshly harvested jack fruit, oranges picked straight from the tree, and a sit in the meditation space accompanied by the sound of rainfall. We also enjoyed some great snorkelling at the nearby tide pools - - a must see while you're there!
Fun experience to sleep in the outdoors!! The place was clean and they take good care of the facility. I arrived in the evening and I was lucky that a car arrived behind me with a former coworker, otherwise I would have been lost!!!! They should have communicated that previous to the arrival. I can recommend to bring a flash light for the night. Overall I can recommend staying here! If you mind the sound of the frogs at night or the wild pigs then it's not your cup of tea!
it's always best to arrive during daylight hours. The prestigious Mango Grove is so beautiful, windy and miraculous that driving at night does not do it justice. Flashlight are provided in each cabins as well as electricity.
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We loved staying at KMRC! We stayed in 2 different rooms while we were there and enjoyed them both. We had the pleasure of seeing the Ocean Vista cabin and strongly recommend staying there! We briefly met the owner, Leo and thoroughly enjoyed chatting with him. The manager, Steve was very friendly, informative and accommodating during our stay. The mediation pavilion is lovely. Our only regret was not spending enough time in there. Eating fresh fruit and being able to pick it was fun as well as macheteing our own coconut to drink! We spent time on the whole island during our two week stay, and our 5 nights in Pahoa were possibly our favorite. What a great place!
The host (Leonard) was awesome and definitely the best part of our stay. Really endearing and goofy guy, he shared with us his experience as a paraglider.
We were unlucky and arrived during a storm, which made our room a bit uncomfortable with all the wind. Other than that, the room was nicer than advertised!
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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).