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Kirpal Meditation & Ecological Center

13-260 Pohoiki Road, Pahoa, Hawaii 96778

Reception 9AM - 9PM HST : (808) 333-9827

 

How to Get to KMEC:

We provide shuttle service from Hilo airport to and from KMEC for $80 one way. Please let us know if you require shuttle service. You are also welcome to rent your own vehicle.

From Hilo (ITO) Airport:

KMEC is only a short 55 minutes from Hilo airport along the eastern end of the .

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

  2. Turn left onto HI-130 / Keaau Pahoa Bypass Road continuing to HI-130 and go about 10.7 miles.

  3. At the traffic circle, continue straight onto HI-130 and continue 5.4 miles.

  4. Turn left onto Opihakao Dr/Kamaili St and follow it 5.3 miles to the end at the bottom of the hill.

  5. Turn left onto Kapoho-Kalapana Rd (HI-137) and go about 3.5 miles.

  6. Turn left onto Pohoiki Rd at the four-way stop and drive one last half mile through the mango forest.

  7. KMEC Hawaii will be the first turn on the right at the yellow sign.

  8. Continue up our dirt road, reception will be on the left across from the community kitchen.

 

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 Saddle road passing Mauna Kea.

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

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

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

  4. Take HI-11 / Hawaii Belt Road / Kanoelehua Avenue south for about 5.9 miles.

  5. Turn left onto HI-130 / Keaau Pahoa Bypass Road continuing to HI-130 and go about 10.7 miles.

  6. At the traffic circle, continue straight onto HI-130 and continue 5.4 miles.

  7. Turn left onto Opihakao Dr/Kamaili St and follow it 5.3 miles to the end at the bottom of the hill.

  8. Turn left onto Kapoho-Kalapana Rd (HI-137) and go about 3.5 miles.

  9. Turn left onto Pohoiki Rd at the four-way stop and drive one last half mile through the mango forest.

  10. KMEC Hawaii will be the first turn on the right at the yellow sign.

  11. Continue up our dirt road, reception will be on the left across from the community kitchen.

*Look for the 13-260 Pohoiki sign and two (2) tall poles with reflectors on either side of our driveway. The gate will be open.

*Do Not take Highway 132/Kapoho Rd/Pahoa Village Rd east from the intersection at the southern end of Pahoa. The old route was covered in lava during last years eruption and we must now take Opihakao Dr.

HELPFUL HINT – Please try to arrive during daylight hours as this will make your drive and arrival more pleasant. 

 

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 Pahoa, where we could pick you up for a smaller cost if you can coordinate schedules. For more information visit the Hele-On bus website.