People say that because of Madam Pele, the Goddess of the Volcano and Fire, who lives on this Big Island, that manifestation of one’s desires is intensified and sped up.
Whether or not you believe that, there is no question that there is something unique and special about being here – the Big Island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean . . . the most geographically isolated islands on Earth. Our nearest town – with our nearest single traffic light – is 10 miles away. That means that we can see all the stars in the night sky. There is no light pollution.
The second stoplight is almost 25 miles away. There is precious little traffic. There is a beautiful road – called ‘The Red Road’ – along the ocean goes for approximately 20 miles with some of the most beautiful scenery ever seen by humankind.
Sit outside the Love Shack at dawn and see the morning sun rising over several hundred acres of lava from a 1955 flow. Walk along the ocean, go for a run, or swim in the Pacific, often accompanied by dolphins. No matter where you’re from, you will see why we think our black sand beach, Kahena, is so much like the Garden of Eden. It literally is a Paradise.
Attend yoga classes led by phenomenal yogis – some of whom are based here. We also have the blessing of yogis visiting constantly from the finest centers around the world. They teach at a yoga and retreat center one mile away called Kalani.
View the lava flowing from the volcano at the end of the road,where many nights you can see the glow of lava coursing down the mountain. Oftentimes you can see the plume of steam hundreds of feet in the air caused by the entry of the hot molten lava into the ocean.
On special days and nights, there is a boat that can take us very close to the site of the lava entry into the ocean. Imagine: you are 100 feet from the place where the newest land on the planet is being created. You can literally feel the heat on your face. The sound of the steam as the lava hits the ocean is something you will never forget. This is a truly amazing and unique experience, made all the more precious since no one can predict exactly if, when, or where the lava flow will be visible.
Take a four-wheel-drive to the top of the tallest mountain on the planet – Mauna Kea. Yes, we live on the tallest mountain in the world. Measured from its base to the summit, Mauna Kea is approximately 36,000 feet tall. This is the Mauna Kea with observatories from many nations bringing astronomers to take advantage of the clear pollution-free sky and the extreme height. This is a place where in the winter, even Hawaii has snow.
Being Point® Hawaii is located in Lower Puna on the Big Island of Hawaii, just a short walk from Kehena black sand beach and Kalani Oceanside Retreat . . . and less than 20 minutes drive from numerous great spots including Pohoiki, the Warm Ponds, Champagne Ponds, Kapoho Kai Tide Pools, and Green Lake, just to name a few.
There are farmers markets on Saturday at S.P.A.C.E., Sunday at Maku’u, and Wednesday and Saturday in Hilo – a quaint town of less than 50,000 people on Hilo Bay. It is Old Hawaii. To some, it looks like a time warp, although we do have a Starbucks or two and a couple of fast food restaurants. Hilo continues the vibe that it had during the middle of the Twentieth Century when many of the buildings and storefronts were built.
Just north of Hilo is the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden – a true Garden of Eden along the ocean. There, you will see beautiful plantings from all over the world. We are encouraged to go throughout the year because there is always something different blooming, so the experience is always unique and nurturing.
The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is up the Hamakua Coast – a beautiful drive along the northeast corner of the island. Look to your left as your crossing bridges and you’ll see waterfalls. On the right you’ll see beaches and beautiful ocean on your way North toward Kailua-Kona – a beautiful village of 30,000 people.
The population of the Big Island is under 200,000 people. It’s entirely possible that if you live in a city, there are 200,000 people within a 5-mile radius of where you are reading about our Big Island.
On Maui, Being Point® Retreats is based in Wailea, on the West Shore, just minutes from several beaches, shops, restaurants, and numerous yoga studios. Maui has tons to offer: surfing, sunbathing, stand-up paddle boarding, scuba diving and snorkeling, zipline tours, and much, much more.
As much as Maui has to offer during the day, the fun doesn’t stop there – Maui has much to offer in the way of nightlife too, with many different restaurants, bars, and clubs to choose from in different towns. And speaking of nightlife . . .
The Hawaiian Islands’ location in the middle of the Pacific Ocean often makes for amazingly clean air, and spectacular night skies since there is so little light pollution here. It is for these reasons that Haleakala is home to several observatories; unfortunately they are not open to the public. For those of you interested in star-gazing, the Haleakala Amateur Astronomers Group might be a good place to start if you are interested in gazing skyward through a good telescope. If you have never truly seen the Milky Way Galaxy, you are missing out on a breathtaking experience not to be missed!