Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center (KMEC)

About This Center

Meditation & Yoga Retreat in an organic, ocean view orchard in Hawaii

Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center (KMEC) in Pahoa, Hawaii, offers a wonderful spiritual uplifting environment to heal and grow. Located a half mile from the beach, this ocean view sanctuary has access to swimming, fresh fruits, snorkeling and soaking in the famous thermal warm ponds.

Location: Pahoa, Hawaii (Big Island)

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The Highlights:

Full accommodations

Short drive from Hilo International Airport

Daily yoga in 1000 sq ft. Yoga Hale with ocean view

Daily meditation in custom designed Balinese meditation pavilion

Onsite, award winning chef preparing local, sustainable, elegant foods

Full service treatment room (massages, acupuncture, energy work)

Full service laundry facility

Free wifi service

2 vegetarian kitchens available for personal use and chefs available to prepare breakfast and dinner

Complimentary organic fruit from the orchard on the property (when in season)

Private guided tours available in comfortable minivans to explore the stunning beauty of our surroundings – Lava viewing, waterfalls, Mauna Kea Volcano summit, green sands beach, etc. Custom itineraries designed upon request.

About KMEC’s Retreats

KMEC is designed to be able to serve individuals and groups with a variety of retreats. Our full service staff can assist you with designing the retreat of your dreams in the areas of Yoga, Surf and Yoga, Meditation and Spirituality, Holistic Nutrition and Detox. For custom retreats please contact us for pricing: (contact info blocked).

MEDITATION & YOGA - One's search for inner peace cannot come without balance in both the mind and the body. Here at KMEC our focus is creating a space for you to grow into your oneness. Whether you are a beginner or an elite yogi, you will find that our custom Balinese Meditation Pavilion and 1000 square foot ocean view Yoga Studio will give you all the space you need to reach the highest level of love and harmony within. We are open to all people from all walks of life who choose to come and practice with a loving intention. 

RETREAT - Look no further in your search to get away and connect to yourself or your group. Our entire facility can be rented out to host private groups for a custom retreat 365 days a year! When our center is not hosting groups, we open our space for individuals to come and experience a personal retreat with access to all the amenities KMEC and Hawaii have to offer. 

SACRED LAND - Our 11-acre organic orchard has been blessed with a pure intention to serve all those who choose to come and experience it. Each of the over 30 different types of trees were planted with the intention to provide food and healing to our guests (more on food). The cabins on property have all been built by hand and designed to be in harmony with the trees and nature surrounding them. We enjoy using all of Mother Earth's sacred resources by harvesting the sun's power for our electricity and rain for our drinking water. Because we are fully integrated with state-of-the-art solar power and water purification systems, we have all the features of any "on grid" facility which includes free wifi, normal flush toilets, instant hot water, and every room has full electricity. This ensures our guests are comfortable and never feel like they are "off grid" living (more on accommodations). Finally, we are just a small part of a much bigger experience on the Big Island, as Hawaii has long been known for its one-of-a-kind features you cannot find anywhere else.

Additional Highlights

Friendly and loving staff

A multi-purpose pavilion for groups, weddings or individual activities

Safe and purified state-of-the-art rainwater catchment system for drinking

Nearly 100% solar powered (generator assistance when needed)

Lovely 11 acres of fruit trees and forest

Fresh linens, blankets and towels

Comfortable beds

Ocean views over the orchard

Sound of the surf in the distance

Alkaline water upon request

Salt water swimming just a half mile away at Isaac Hale Park

Jungle warm ponds

Safe, peaceful, healing ambience; with many flowering plants

Freshest air on the planet

Fragrant Trade Winds

Clear and beautiful star gazing


KMEC offers a variety of accommodations depending on your level of comfort and privacy. Options range from our self-contained Noni Cabin featuring its own kitchen and private bath, various other cabins with a combination of queen, double, and twin beds to fit individual or family needs.


Hale (Hawaiian; pronounced Hah-Lay; meaning: building, pavilion, house or meeting place)

Yoga Hale: Our largest event space, the Yoga Hale has about 1000-square feet of floor space. It can accommodate over 100 people sitting or standing or about 20 people stretched out and lying down (i.e. on yoga mats). The Yoga Hale includes its own kitchen and full bathrooms.

Meditation Hale: Our Balinese meditation pavilion is open 24 hours a day for prayer, small group meetings, yoga or solitude. Custom made in Bali, it is a very holy and special place for prayer and reflection. It can accommodate 30 to 40 people sitting on cushions. It is equipped with a TV, DVD-player, light, cushions, an ocean view and its own independent solar power system.

Kitchen & Dining Hale:

Meals prepared by a private chef may be included in your quote upon request or ordered on a day-by-day basis. Special diets may be accommodated. KMEC is a strictly vegetarian facility.

Directions to KMEC

Directions from Hilo (ITO) Airport:

KMEC is only a 45 minute drive from the Hilo airport.

Leaving the Hilo Airport, turn left at the traffic light onto HI-11 / Hawaii Belt Road / Kanoelehua Avenue and go about 5.9 miles.

Turn left onto HI-130 / Keaau Pahoa Bypass Road continuing to HI-130 and go about 12.2 miles.

Turn left onto Kapoho Road and go about 2.7 miles.

Continue, staying to the right, onto Pohoiki Road and go about 3.8 miles.

KMEC Hawaii will be on the left.*

Directions from Kona (KOA) Airport:

KMEC is a nice 2.5 to 3 hour scenic drive from Kona Airport, halfway around the Island of Hawai’i, “the Big Island”, via either the northern route or the newly finished Saddle road passing Mauna Kea.

Make a left out of the Kona Airport and drive north on Route 19.

Continue on Route 19 through Waimea, down the Hamakua coast (still Route 19) until you get to Hilo.

Past the waterfront side of town, make a right onto Highway 11 at Ken’s House of Pancakes (sign says Volcano 30 miles).

Turn left onto HI-11 / Hawaii Belt Road / Kanoelehua Avenue and go about 5.9 miles.

Turn left onto HI-130 / Keaau Pahoa Bypass Road continuing to HI-130 and go about 12.2 miles.

Turn left onto HI-132 Kapoho Road and go about 2.7 miles.

Continue, staying to the right, onto Pohoiki Road and go about 3.8 miles.

KMEC Hawaii will be on the left.*

Public Transportation from Hilo:

There is also very limited public transportation via the Hele-On county bus that leaves from downtown Hilo. This is a slow, but inexpensive option, that comes to Isaac Hale Beach Park, if you can coordinate schedules. Isaac Hale Beach Park is located approximately a half mile down Pohoiki Road from KMEC. For more information visit the Hele-On bus website.

*After crossing the yellow stripe in the road, the last .6m turn into a single lane road with turnouts. Look for the KMEC signed gate on the left. HELPFUL HINT – Please try to arrive during daylight hours as this will make your drive easier and will facilitate your check-in process.

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

Reconnecting with myself after a very crazy few months with a new baby! Just having that feeling of being grounded again. But also having an opportunity to connect with new amazing people. Getting exposed and Inspired by new (to me) yoga instructors (and community). Being in the presence of real, authentic and raw emotion (the whole spectrum).. So many reasons! Alyson

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.