ARRIVAL IN HAWAII
Which airport should I arrive in?
We recommend using one of the travel planning websites such as Kayak, Expedia or Orbitz to search for your flights and also visiting Hawaiian Airlines and Go Airlines (local airline). Hawaiian Airlines has recently opened up more flight options from the U.S./Canada mainland, Asia and South Pacific. The easiest arrival option is to fly into Hilo Airport (ITO). Hilo Airport is only about a 45 minute drive from Kalani Oceanside Retreat. The other arrival option is to fly into Kona Airport (KOA) which is located on the West side of the island and is about a 3 hour drive to Kalani Oceanside Retreat. There are direct flights from Los Angeles International Airport (Code: LAX), however a majority of the flights arriving into Hilo Airport will first fly through either Honolulu Airport (Code: HNL) located on the Island of Oahu or the Maui (Kahului) Airport (Code: OGG) located on the Island of Maui.
If you would choose to fly into the Kona Airport, there are buses going from Kona to Hilo and from Hilo to Kalani Oceanside Retreat. You will have to take a taxi from the airport to the bus stop from either airport. You can check out the bus schedule on the Hele-On Bus website. Please make sure to contact the bus company directly to see if there are any local holidays on your arrival day and/or if the bus schedule will be impacted for any other reason. Additional information for ground transportation is provided below. There are also commuter flights available from Kona Airport to Hilo Airport on Hawaiian Airlines, however their scheduled flights are always changing so check their website to confirm availability. You can also schedule your arrival flight to fly into any of the other Hawaiian Islands such as Honolulu on Oahu, Kahului on Maui, or Lihue on Kauai and then schedule a separate flight to Hilo or Kona Airports. Several flights are offered daily between the islands with Hawaiian Airlines and Go Airlines. We recommend Hawaiian Airlines as they are much more reliable and on time.
How do I arrive/depart from the Kalani Oceanside Retreat?
Transportation to and from Kalani Oceanside Retreat are not included in the cost for the Yoga Teacher Trainings and students attending shall make arrangements for their own transport. You can also contact Kalani directly to arrange transport. If you are arriving into Hilo Airport, Kalani is only a 45 minute drive. Kalani offers transportation (from Hilo only) for $50 or $75 one way depending on whether there are other guests arriving at the same time you are. Contact Kalani directly, at least a day in advance if you would like them to schedule an airport pickup for you. The cancellation policy is 24 hours notice. You can reach Kalani at: 800-800-6886 in the USA & Canada, 808-965-7828 worldwide, and 808-965-0468 locally.
Another option is to travel via local taxi. The cost for a mini-van taxi is approximately $100 total (3-5 passengers) and can be shared among training attendees if you are able to coordinate your schedules. A connection email will be sent out 4-5 weeks prior to the training in order to connect training attendees. One Hilo taxi we recommend is Helen’s Taxi at 808-895-4400.
There is also the Hele-On county bus that leaves from downtown Hilo. This is a slow, but inexpensive ($2.00 each way) option, that comes right to Kalani if you can coordinate your arrival schedule with the bus schedule. You will have to take a taxi from the airport to the bus stop (~$15). Please plan for enough time to retrieve your bags from baggage claim and to get a taxi outside and take the 10-15 minute taxi ride to the nearest bus stop (Prince Kuhio Plaza – Ohuohu Street). The bus will be like an airport shuttle vehicle and will have the word “Kalapana” highlighted above the windshield. The Hele-On Bus drops off at Kalani 3 times per day, Monday through Friday and 2 times per day on Saturday. Note that there is no bus on Sunday. Also, note that the Saturday schedule is different than the Monday through Friday schedule per the Hele-On website. You can check out the bus schedule here on the Hele-On Bus website and looking at the Pahoa/Pohoiki – Hilo Routes. When looking at the schedule, Kalani is located between Pohoiki and Sea View Estates. Please make sure to contact the bus company directly to see if there are any local holidays on your arrival day and/or if the bus schedule will be impacted for any other reason.
If you have your own car or decide to rent a car, Kalani is located approximately 20 miles from the nearest town and there are many natural attractions in the vicinity. If you prefer to have your own transportation to explore in your free time, renting a car from the airport is a good option. You can view directions to Kalani on the Getting to Kalani Page.
WHAT TO BRING
Do you have a list of recommended things to bring?
It is recommended to travel light and remember that you are traveling to a tropical area. Items that we recommend to bring during your trip are: flashlight (essential), yoga clothes, water bottle, sandals/water shoes/comfortable walking shoes, short-sleeve shirts (cotton or light synthetic), light fleece/sweatshirt (it can get chilly at night), pants (cotton or light synthetic), shorts, socks (1-2 pairs), undergarments, swimsuits, light raincoat or small umbrella, hat/bandana, notebook/pen, sunscreen, binoculars, back/daypack, camera, toiletries. We promote natural clothing items (cotton), but synthetic clothing does dry better in the humid environments. Teacher Trainees bring a notebook or journal and if possible an ipod or mp3 player and associated chargers/batteries if you would like to use music during your class. Ipads, iphones, and other tablets are not allowed in Teacher Training classes for note taking. Note: All participants are required to wear a shirt or tank top during all the training classes.
Do I need to bring cash
All meals and accommodations are included in the training, but if you wish to purchase anything else during your stay you can have it added to your account. Kalani accepts cash, credit or debit cards for any purchases or charges to your account during your stay. You can also obtain cash at the reception area using a credit or debit card. You can receive up to $100 in cash and there is a $5 fee for each withdrawal. There are also ATM’s located in Pahoa and Hilo. Kalani does require that you have a credit card on file upon arrival.
What is the weather like in Hawaii?
Hawaii’s weather is very tropical, located 18 degrees north of the equator and hours of daylight do not change much throughout the year. Sunrise is anywhere from 5:40 am to 7:00 am and sunset is anywhere from 5:40 pm to 7:00 pm, depending on the season. Daylight Savings Time is not observed, so it is important to check the local time when you arrive. Hawaii, being in the tropics, has very consistent temperatures (at sea level). Hawaii has two seasons: the Summer season is from May to October and the “Winter” season is from November to April. Summer time highs average 85 degrees F, while winter month highs average 78 degrees F. Summer and Winter are both beautiful times to visit Hawaii. The warmest months are August and September. Kalani Oceanside Retreat enjoys Hawaii’s ideal climate: light ocean breezes, sunny days, pleasant year-round temperatures (65-85°F) and occasional tropical showers that provide a cooling and nourishing change to the beautiful warm weather.
FOOD AND LODGING
What are the accommodations at the Lodges?
Accommodations and amenities vary at each lodge. It is best to visit each lodge’s website individually to check on what is provided for you. Sheets, towels and liquid body soap/shampoo are provided.
Is there internet/phone access at the Lodges?
Internet and phone services vary by location. At Kalani there is wireless internet available at several places on the property. Usage is free, but wireless access is limited in the jungle environment. If you have a laptop, there are wired Ethernet lines (RJ-45 jack) available in the lounge. Kalani also has a computer designated for checking email for an hourly fee. Kalani is out of range for most cell phone networks, however there is some limited reception on the property. Guests with AT&T as their service provider seem best able to get a decent signal. There are phone lines available in the reception and guest services areas from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
What food and beverages are available?
Three delicious meals per day are served on Kalani’s open-air lanai (veranda) and are included in the cost of the training. Kalani celebrates the abundance of Hawaii by serving local tropical fruits and vegetables and fresh caught fish. Seafood is often served at dinner (chicken and beef are served occasionally) and vegetarians are well cared for. Any special dietary requirements must be confirmed with your booking through Kalani lodge, as they must order your food in advance. All food is prepared and served with the spirit of Aloha. Kalani cuisine encompasses a variety of styles including Thai, India, and Italian and their chefs have extensive training and a common interest in creating healthful and delicious meals. A sample menu of the meals at Kalani is provided below. Tea, water and coffee are available in the restaurant area throughout the day. There are also sports and other health drinks available for sale in the restaurant.
Oatmeal or other whole-grain hot cereal
Fresh fruit bar featuring papaya, pineapples, berries, and mangoes (as available)
Yogurt, nut and seed selection
Cereal selection featuring house-made granola
Breads, various nut butters, and organic fruit jams
Roasted eggplant sandwiches with fresh tapenade, on olive bread
Turkey, avocado and swiss sandwiches with lettuce, tomato and spicy aioli on focaccia
White bean chili
Self-serve salad bar with local organic greens
Grilled balsamic-marinated ahi with smoked tomato & dill viniagrette
Mushroom-stuffed tofu with pineapple teriyaki sauce
Smashed potato & parsnips
Green beans with roasted red peppers
Jicama & sweet potato salad
Fresh fruit salad
Fresh salad bar with house-made dressings
Fresh Hawaiian mango & macadamia nut crisp
Assorted hot and iced teas, caffeinated and decaffeinated
Organic juices and herbal blends
Fresh lemonades and limeades
Kona and Puna coffees, caffeinated and decaffeinated
Wine and beer are permitted on property, but not sold. There is a store nearby where you can purchase these items.
Is there laundry available?
Yes, laundry is available at Kalani with about a one day turnaround time. The cost varies depending on the host lodge.
Are there any dangerous animals, reptiles or insects?
In Hawaii there are NO dangerous animals, reptiles or insects. The climate is very tropical, but you DON’T have to worry about snakes, scorpions, bullet ants, jaguars, pumas, etc. like you may have to in places like Costa Rica, Bali, etc.
Is theft a problem?
The lodges are located in gated communities with 24 Hour security so it is very safe on property as well as in the surrounding community. Unlike places like Costa Rica, Thailand, Bali, etc. you don’t have to worry about having your valuables stolen. Theft has never been a problem at any of the lodges and most people leave the doors of their room unlocked.
ACTIVITIES AT THE LODGES
What tours and activities are available to the guests??
Activities vary at each location and lodge and it is best to visit each lodge’s website individually to see what is available for you. Kalani offers a 25-Meter Half-Olympic Pool, weight room, heated Watsu pool, sauna and two jacuzzis. Please note that Kalani’s pool area is clothing optional for Kalani guests that are not attending the training. All yoga teacher training participants are required to wear clothing at the pool during training hours (i.e. 6:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Friday) to assist in maintaining the integrity of the training.
While visiting Kalani you can also choose from a variety of guided tours including:
- Volcanoes National Park
- Active Lava Flow Hikes
- Zipline through East Hawaii Jungles
- Helicopter Tours of coastline, jungle and lava flow
- Lava Boat Tours
- Waterfall Tours
- Hawaiian Cultural and Heritage Sites
- Secrets of Puna Adventure (Southeast Corner of Big Island)
Prices vary according to adventure, length of time of adventure and number of guests participating.
What other wellness activities are available?
Most lodges have spa centers with a range of treatments from massages to various beauty treatments. Kalani offers a variety of additional daily activities you may partake in in your free time. Some of these activities include ecstatic dance, hula, meditation, yoga, weaving, tai chi, martial arts, and volleyball. Most activities and classes last one hour to one hour and a half. You can visit Kalani’s Weekly Activity Schedule for more information.
What are the options for transportation for leaving Kalani during free time?
There are tree options for leaving Kalani during free time. You can schedule a shuttle with Kalani to Pahoa and/or Hilo. The costs are approximately $15 to $45 to Pahoa or Hilo and the cost depends on the number of people traveling. There is also the option to rent cars from Volunteers on property. When available, they will typically rent their personal cars for approximately $25 to $40 for the day. The less expensive option ($1.00 each way) for travel to Pahoa or Hilo is to take the local Hele-On Bus which picks up at Kalani 3 times per day. You can check out the bus schedule here on the Hele-On Bus website and looking at the Pahoa/Pohoiki – Hilo Routes. When looking at the schedule, Kalani is located between Pohoiki and Sea View Estates. The bus will stop anywhere along the route indicated on the schedule, you just have to let the driver know where you want to get off. Pahoa is approximately 30-45 minutes and Hilo is approximately 1-1.5 hours by bus, depending on the number of stops the driver has to make.
What are the yoga facilities?
Yoga spaces vary by location, but most of them have natural hardwood floors and some are screened in and some are open.
What equipment is available?
Kalani has mats available to use during the training for free. The mats are a typical 1/4 inch (6 mm) thick ‘sticky’ mat. It is not necessary for you to bring other props (blocks, straps and blankets), but if there are certain props you require or like, please feel free to bring them.