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Kalani - The Promise of a New Direction


Kalani is Hawaii's largest retreat center, one of the best-loved centers in the world for more than 35 years. Run by a volunteer staff of 120, this non-profit educational center welcomes visitors from around the world for personal and group yoga retreats and a colorful mix of performing arts, nature, adventure, and diverse programming. Volunteers return year after year, and many stay long-term.  


Kalani Volunteers

Kalani's volunteer program offers the opportunity to experience life within a vibrant community, enjoy a variety of activities, classes and experiences, and learn and grow while serving our guests and visitors in the spirit of aloha.

It is the perfect way to enjoy an extended stay in Hawai'i in a nurturing, rejuvenating, and transformative environment.

Some of the benefits that volunteers receive include:

  • Housing
  • Three chef-cooked meals a day
  • Monthly volunteer trips to the Big Island's world-famous sights
  • Free access to Kalani's weekly schedule of 50+ activities and classes in yoga, wellness, dance, hula, Hawai’ian culture, and more
  • An extended stay in a transformational place, a healthy, nurturing yoga and spiritual retreat center
  • An extended stay within a recognized "power spot"; famed yoga instructor Shiva Rea calls Kalani "one of the most potent and nurturing retreat centers in the world"
  • Proximity to gorgeous nearby surrounds which include dolphin swims, black sand beaches, hot springs, lava hikes, waterfalls, turtle nesting areas, snorkeling and much more
  • Oceanside living with an oceanfront lookout point and nearby Kehena Beach
  • Full use of Kalani's clothing-optional pool, spa and watsu facilities
  • Reduced rates for massage, watsu and other bodywork treatments
  • Reduced volunteer rates for many of the week-long workshops held at Kalani
  • Community dining and social opportunities
  • Weekly volunteer nights, including excursions, movies, parties, karaoke and more

To help offset our costs, there is a tuition fee (in $USD). It is:

  • $22/day ($1950) for lodging for a two month term
  • $23/day ($1400) for camping for a two month term
  • $30/day ($1800) for lodging for a three month term
  • $19/day ($1650) for camping for a three month term

Volunteers commit to be here for a two or three month stay and contribute 30 hours per week (4 shifts) in an assigned department.

Our Jobs

We often need assistance in the following areas:

  • Housekeeping
  • Agriculture
  • Kitchen
  • Maintenance

Click here to read about the various tasks and responsibilities required of volunteers who work in the above departments.

We have a particular need for the following skilled/experienced workers - trade scholarships are available. Contact Kalani for more details.

  • Mechanic
  • Carpenter
  • Plumber
  • Electrician
  • Roofer
  • Chef (Culinary School Grad)
  • Experienced IT Help Desk
  • Network Administrator
  • Web Editor w/ Drupal Experience
  • Graphic Designer (Print & Web)

Trade scholarships are available for these positions. Contact Kalani for more details.

Enjoying volunteering together and outside!

Our Ideal Candidate

If you are ready to be part of a thriving community based on serving with Aloha, mutual respect and open communication, we'd love to hear from you!

Journaling on the beach

Room and Board

We have camping and shared housing accommodation available to volunteers. We can sometimes provide an "A-frame" residence for longer-term stays. Click here to read more about volunteer housing available at Kalani.

Volunteers enjoy full access to the three healthy chef-created meals served daily at Kalani. Vegetarian and vegan options are available. Guests and volunteers often rave about the food served at Kalani. Click here to read more about our world-famous cuisine.

Perks

Watch a quick Volunteering video - you'll feel the Kalani spirit start to grow inside you - only to be outdone with a personal visit.

We offer you full use of Kalani's facilities which include:

  • Clothing-optional swimming pool
  • Two outdoor hot tubs
  • Sauna
  • Gymnasium
  • Two volleyball courts
  • Well-stocked art shed
  • 'The Lounge' - a peaceful gathering area and reading room for guests and volunteers
  • Pool Table
  • Ping Pong TableLearn Hula Dancing at Kalani!

Volunteers may also partake in the range of ongoing activities at Kalani which include:

  • 50+ weekly classes in 13 different types of yoga, dance, hula, Hawai’ian Huna Healing, art, performing arts, wellness, and much more
  • Weekly trips to local markets
  • Dolphin Swims
  • Snorkeling
  • Ecstatic Dance
  • Kirtan
  • Native Plant Treks
  • Local sightseeing adventures

Three month volunteers receive 7 days off from service explore the island, relax at Kalani, attend a week-long workshop or participate in self-guided study.

Two month volunteers receive 2 additional days off from service.

Getting Here and Getting Around

We are 45 minutes drive south of Hilo on the eastern most point of the Big Island of Hawai'i.

An airport pick-up and drop-off is arranged for volunteers through Kalani's Volunteer Coordinator Office.

Click here for directions on how to arrive at Kalani by plane and by car.

There is a bus that goes around the island, so you can see other parts of the Big Island of Hawai’i. Cars are also easily hired from Car Hire operators in Hilo and the local area.

Sabbatical Program participants receive:

Our Sabbatical Program is a great alternative for those who seek to have more free time during their live-in experience at Kalani.

  • One month vacation at Kalani Oceanside Retreat Village (subject to availability - a longer sabbatical stay may also be possible)
  • Join in with the other volunteers two shifts per week in the housekeeping or agriculture departments
  • Relax in our comfortable and simple accommodations (private lodge room with bath)
  • Weekly life coaching sessions for the duration of your stay
  • One massage per week (four massages total) from our wellness center
  • 2 adventures/excursions offered by Kalani
  • Your choice of any of Kalani's 50+ classes and activities each week
  • All-inclusive use of the pool, hot tubs, and sauna
  • Take pleasure in all the same benefits as a volunteer (listed above)

Click here to read more about Kalani's Sabbatical Program.

How to Apply

To apply or receive further info on our Volunteer and Sabbatical Programs, call Kalani's Volunteer Coordinators at +1 800-800-6886 or click here to email the Volunteer Coordinator office.

Unlike with a work exchange program, Kalani volunteers are living in a resort with access to all of its amenities including a spa, pool, yoga classes, watsu classes, massage and bodywork at a reduced rate and you're experiencing community life.

Kalani is a 501(c)(3) registered charity, and operates as a non-profit educational village, providing retreats to community and international guests, services, classes and workshops within the local community as well as visitors from around the world. We promote Hawai'ian culture with a strong offering of workshops that focus on Hawai’ian culture, and preserve three ancient Hawai'ian sites that are located on the Kalani property.

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Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter

Housing: Camping and Shared Housing

Staff Size: 100 - 115

Location: Pahoa, Hawaii