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Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center

3.0 out of 5.0

Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Don't know how this place ever got on trip advisor, but it is really just a campsite. The food is all cooked outside and there is no inside dinning and it is pretty buggy. So make sure you get de bugged. The staff was great, it's just the developer didn't finish

I was here for a yoga retreat and course organized by someone else, so I can only comment on the accommodations and food. The food was wonderful! Everything was vegan and gluten free and they were also accommodating of people in my group with allergies. Everyone was impressed by how delicious and filling the meals were. The accommodations were very basic but good. A bit more run down than in the photos by the owner. The rooms and linens were clean. If you realize you’re staying in “glamping” style cabins and not a resort you will be good. I really enjoyed being out in the jungle and listening to the frogs at night.

I booked an 8 night stay at Kirpal complete with morning yoga, breakfast, and dinner. Hawaii is quite expensive so as a budget traveller I was excited to find someplace that is affordable and that also operates as an ecologically responsible retreat. They use solar power and rainwater (and also have wifi!) Overall, I was looking for an experience that would provide me with a healthy and relaxing setting while also being able to explore the island. I fell asleep to the sound of coqui frogs and awoke to a beautiful sunrise in the morning. The morning yoga class was exactly what I was hoping for: a slow, well-guided introduction to the day (I'm not a morning person). The breakfast included local fruits and plenty of other foods like rice cakes, peanut butter, and chia pudding to fill me up before venturing out. There was also orange juice, coffee, and a variety of teas. The dinners were fantastic and were also quite filling. I loved loved loved the homemade dressings they made for the salads (I should have asked for recipes). They only serve vegan meals, which are also gluten free so, although I eat meat, my dairy and gluten free diet was already accommodated for. There was never a lack for second servings, and the meals were very well prepared (and this is coming from a cook who is also a bit of a picky eater). As for the employees, they are the absolute nicest people. They are very accommodating and quick to help, full of funny tales, and they come from a variety of countries and backgrounds, as do the guests. The meals are served family style so it was a great way to meet everyone, share stories, and get tips on visiting the island. If you are looking for a beautiful, natural setting to enjoy the Island of Hawaii this is an amazing option.

After booking and paying in full in August we were literally told on Christmas morning that there was no space and we needed to find rooms elsewhere. The bad news started when we arrived and were told our accommodations were not built yet and we were given worse accommodations than requested. Management could've emailed us in advance but chose not to. My family was really low key about it and didn't mind at all and my 66-yr-old parents were champs about the outdoor bathroom. On Christmas morning we were told that other guests were coming and we had to find other accommodation. I very much doubt whoever was coming had booked in August. When I politely asked management if they had any ideas of where to look for a room in Hawaii on Christmas (there was nothing available on Orbitz or for the remaining 4 days of our vacation) they told me "nope". So we wound up hotel hopping from one to the next in order to be in available places. We were reimbursed for the days we didn't stay at Kirpal, but not reimbursed for the thousands of dollars extra it cost to be booking the only available spots on the Big Island on Christmas Day or for the fact that the three days of accommodation we did get were much worse than what was paid for and booked. I am so disappointed in this place, as the management has none of the values professed on the website. The staff are wonderful people, and its beautiful, but being kicked out by management on Christmas morning with no warning on an island that is always fully booked by October is careless, cruel, and simply unforgivable. Most stressful "vacation" of my life.

This was my third stay there and I don't know if they are concentrating on growth too much but my experience was definitely better before! I had a small cabin called Milo and right next to the cabin they were building more cabins and since there are no windows to close I was exposed to extensive construction noice. Sawing, drilling and hammering does not go with a meditation center. The sheets had definitively NOT been washed and I do not see why they would charge a $14 cleaning fee? What for? I was glad I had my own sheets and pillows. The area where I stayed is becoming way too crowded with all the small buildings and tents. There were wasps in my room which I had to catch and release. The price is misleading, since you are not aware of it until you make the reservation. I will not be back, sorry!

Was here for a yoga immersion. Researched prior to booking and was shocked upon arrival as the facilities are very rundown compared to the photos online. My bed pillow had horrible BO and it took 3 days for a replacement which my yoga teacher double cased since it had brown stains and black mold! Luckily I had a yoga blanket to substitute as a pillow! They advertise vegetarian, but are vegan, and many meals lacked sufficient protein and creativity was also an issue. Veggie curry was a mainstay. Luckily we had some free time in town to eat a better variety of food. The days our yoga school cooked were much better. Unfortunately, we were expecting fish ( esp.being in Hawaii), but despite the sign in kitchen saying vegetarian, they insist they are vegan. Also, they only cook in coconut oil!! The open bathrooms allow frogs to jump on you in the shower, the shower curtain in moldy, the water presssure is inconsistant as is the hot water and the cabins with full upper wall screens may allow for the breeze, but with too small cotton curtains, my bed was rained on and wet for a week. The photos depict bamboo shades etc, so getting rained on was not in my plans! I have camped many times, but this was insane. A shower curtain would suffice to keep the rain out.... Laundry is done ONLY with vineger, and bath soap is water with lavender oil. I was afraid to ask what they was dishes with! Thankfully there is a laundromat in town. After 16 days, and gorging myself everytime I was off site, I still lost 5 lbs.!! Oh, and let's not forget the geckos and roaches everywhere in the cabins. They provide a gecko sheet for the bed to catch the droppings! The feral pigs and mongoose are quite cute however!

KMEC is located on the southeast part of the island, which is also more local (vs. the Kona area that has all of the big-name stores that you can find in other cities). The entrance sign is small, which made us pass it up. Keep an eye open for it. The drive there is more than beautiful! Vines hang across the narrow road and salt is in the air. Once you pull into the property, you pass statues of Buddha and small huts. We were promptly greeted and checked in. We had selected the cabin with the bathroom. The bathroom is completely outside on the back porch. We showered out in the open air, but away from anyone's view. It was great! The building itself is screened in, so there is great airflow. It rained one evening while we were there and the sound of it hitting the tarped roof was like nature's music. Upon arriving, we were told that the top layer on the bed (which also covered the pillows) was a "gecko cover". There were plenty of geckos inside that would hand out in the rafters, scurry across the counter, or sit just above the door. We loved them so much that we found a ceramic replica to bring home and hang on the ceiling. Meals are optional and you can tell them the same day that you would like to participate (small cost). They are both vegan and gluten-free. So great!!! Only 1 Possible Improvement: > The refrigerator in the cabin didn't work and hadn't been cleaned properly. You could smell the old moisture inside of it. It really just needed to be propped open when not in use.

We're not super high maintenance people and read through all the reviews. At the point in time we were booking, this was really our only option. We were booked on the 4:30 a.m. tour and the only other places to stay were more than an hour away. This was maybe 10 minutes away. We knew we'd arrive late and it would just be a place to crash. And we knew our kids would think it was a cool adventure. It really feels like the middle of nowhere and it is! The stars are incredible. The checkin process was easy. We stayed in the Mango. It has screens over the windows so that was a relief - I worried about having mosquitos biting us though the night. We did encounter 2 LARGE cockroaches - they reminded me of the palmetto bugs I would find in our outside storage shed when I lived in SC as a child. One of my children was so freaked out, he was positive he wouldn't sleep. They fly! We managed to get one out but the other one seemed hidden. We assured the children they were more scared of us so we should just sleep. At this point it was 9:30 p.m. (for us felt like 3:30 a.m.) and we had to be up at 4. Everyone managed to fall asleep but the frog noises are no joke. It almost made me laugh. Previous reviewers are not wrong. They do provide ear plugs, but it is no competition for the natural noises. All in all, for us, one night was totally fine, even fun. Not sure I would've hacked much more. It is a commune-type feel. Might be a great place if you are trying to escape the hustle bustle of city living or reconnect with nature.

I went here with my son. The owner Leonard is a great and personable guy. His family was visiting and I got to spend some time with them as well. My son enjoyed picking fruit and walking to the ocean. We were able to use some snorkel masks and enjoyed the tide pools One of my favorite areas. Will be going back again and realized I owed them a review

This was a wonderful location to use for relaxing, going to the lava flow (Feb 2017) and Volcano National Park. There are very nice beaches nearby, tide pools and warm pools (The water temp is about 78-80 degrees) and it has little fish that come up and eat your dead skin (which many people pay dearly for). The staff was beyond amazing and very friendly. When we left, it was like leaving family but we did stay 14 days.

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free parking
  • Airport shuttle (fees apply)

Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center places you next to Pohoiki and within a mile (2 km) of Isaac Hale Beach Park. This 12-room, 3-star cabin property has conveniences like free self parking.


Buffet breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 8 AM to 10 AM.

Property features

Guests of Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center enjoy free WiFi in public areas, 2 meeting rooms, and a picnic area. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle during limited hours for USD 80.00 per vehicle one way. A multilingual staff is on hand to help with tours or tickets, and offer sightseeing advice. This hot springs cabin also has a garden.

Room options

Premium Cabin, Multiple Beds, Private Bathroom, Partial Ocean View (Dragonfly)

Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Superior Cabin, Ocean View, Sea Facing (Yoga Hale 2)

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Cabin (Rollinia)

Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Premium Cabin, Multiple Beds, Private Bathroom, Partial Ocean View (Ocean Vista)

Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

100.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 32 reviews

Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center

13-260 Pohoiki Avenue, Pahoa, HI 96778