Accommodations at the Hui
In 1967 the Cooke family built a lodge for themselves on land that had been in the family since 1908. This lodge now serves as the primary facility for our guests during workshops. While here you can count on sharing a room with one or two others if you come alone, or with your partner if you come as a couple. Contact your instructor who will determine room-sharing arrangements for singles and couples, as well as our available accommodations.
All bathrooms are shared, including our two outdoor shower houses. A popular highlight for many guests is relaxing in one of our outdoor claw-foot tubs. A hot bath under the stars is not to be missed.
Our guests can look forward to an experience that is simple and close to the earth. Be prepared for natural surface, uneven walking trails as you walk around the property. This requires some fitness and a willingness and ability to hike short distances up a gradual 20% incline.
Please be aware that the Hui Ho'olana is set in a camp-like environment, and that
our facilities are not fully accessible for individuals with some types of
disabilities. The access to most parts of the center is via natural-surfaced foot
paths of up to a quarter mile on a moderate incline. Guests will need to take
personal responsibility for their own physical abilities and for using flashlights
for lighting during the nighttime hours.
Please print the liability release form, sign and send to your instructor before you arrive.
Karma Yoga is a practice of offering time in support of the household needs of your retreat and is an intrinsic part of living in community. Staff and guests all participate in karma yoga on a daily basis. You will each be given a small job like sweeping a deck or wiping the tables after meals. It is a fun way to feel truly a part of your group experience, and our small staff of volunteers greatly appreciates your willingness to contribute and participate in this way during your stay at Hui Ho'olana.
The Hui is known for its fabulous homegrown salads and delicious healthy cuisine.
Meals are mainly vegetarian plus occasional chicken, eggs and fresh local fish.
They are created and served 'family style.' Most of what we serve is organic, and our food is locally grown to the degree possible. Meals are generally wheat-free and we grind our own spelt flour.
Living on a remote island, menus are necessarily planned and shopped for in advance
and based on local availability and seasonality of foods. We are therefore generally
not able to accommodate special diet needs or preferences. If you are on a very
specific or restricted diet consider bringing items you need to augment your meals
as shopping on Molokai is very limited.
If you have any life-threatening food allergies, such as peanuts or shellfish, please let us (as well as your instructor) know as soon as possible before you come so that we can do our best to help you guard your health and have an enjoyable week of wonderful food.
Weather and What to Bring
As you are packing for your trip to Molokai be sure to go online to check the weather forecast, noting that the Hui is located up on a hill near the lower edge of the rainforest, and is therefore a bit wetter and several degrees cooler than the general Molokai forecast. Here is a link to the weather for our closest town, Kualapu'u
One of the most important things guests have learned over the years is PACK LIGHT! You need very little here. Pack so that you can easily carry your luggage up a staircase or down to your cabin. We do supply bath and beach towels.
The nighttime island beauty of pure darkness and incredible starry nights are part of the magic of time spent on Molokai, so be sure you bring a flashlight.
- 2-3 light changes of clothing that can be rinsed out is plenty.
- Bring something warm for our cool evenings, such as a fleece jacket and a pair of warm socks.
- Slip-off shoes or sandals (Hawaiian custom is to remove your shoes before entering a home).
- You will be walking on paths at night with minimal or no lighting, be sure you bring a flashlight.
- The strong sun and amount of time spent outdoors can be more dehydrating than you might be used to, carrying a water bottle is essential for your energy and well being.
- Bring what toiletries and sun screen you will need, as island shopping is limited.
- Mosquitoes can be out at certain times of the year, so bring an insect repellant if this concerns you. Herbal products made with eucalyptus oil work well for many people.
- During winter months it can be rainy so a light rain jacket would be wise.
- Either cash or US checks, as we do not take credit cards for our gallery or massage therapist.
Trip Insurance is recommended. One company you may want to try is CSA Travel Protection. They can be reached toll free at 800.711.1197.
Arrival and Departure
On arrival day, please arrive after 2pm. Before then, we are preparing for you and we cannot accommodate early arrivals. Check out is by noon on your departure day - your timely departure is appreciated, as we are unable to host guests on site after 12:00. Please plan your travel arrangements accordingly. Be sure your instructor knows your arrival and departure times. (They will be sending you an on-line sign up so we have all your updated information).
If you fly earlier or later, lunch over the beautiful view at the Hotel Molokai or a sandwich and Molokai's own coffee at the 'Coffees of Hawaii' plantation can be a pleasant start or end for your week on the island. Depending on where you are flying from, you may choose to spend a night on Molokai before or after your workshop.
Tourist and accommodation information can be found on the internet at visitmolokai.com and molokai-hawaii.com.
There are no direct flights from the US mainland to Molokai. You will need to fly to Honolulu or Maui and take a flight with one of three inter-island airlines:
~ Hawaiian Airlines
~ Mokulele Airlines
~ Makani Kai Air
Makani Kai is not at the mainland terminal- about a 10 min taxi ride.
Auto and Taxi
While it is not necessary for you to rent a car, there will be down time during the workshop when you will have some time to explore the island on your own. There are five car rental options on the island;
Alamo (888) 826-6893 alamo.com at the airport
Molokai Car Rental (808) 336-0670 molokai-car-rental.com
Discount Hawaii (888) 253-3224 discounthawaii.com
Aloha Rents aloharents.com
Taxi service from the airport or the ferry can be arranged through;
~ Hele Mai Taxi at 808-336-0967 or 808-646-9060
~ Molokai Off-Road Tours & Taxi at 808-553-3369.
DIRECTIONS: From the airport. Turn left at the T-intersection onto Highway 460 (towards Kaunakakai), then left again onto the Kalae Hwy 470 towards Kualapu'u. Drive three miles north, uphill, and turn right at the 3 mile marker. Press the yellow button on the pole before the gate and enter. After dropping your luggage, park above the Lodge at the end of the private drive on the LEFT, between the trees. Please do not keep your car in the turnaround in front of the lodge.
Accommodations on Molokai
If you are interested in spending a night or more on Molokai before or after your workshop, there is one hotel on the island, Hotel Molokai.
Other accommodation information can be found at VisitMolokai.com and molokai-hawaii.com.
Activities on Molokai
A list of Molokai activities can be found at VisitMolokai.com
Here are a few of our favorites;
Molokai Fishing for deep sea fishing trips, whale watching and snorkeling - Mike Holmes 808.336.0047 or 808.567.6789
Alyce C Fishing for deep sea fishing - Joe Reich - 808.558.8377
Molokai Fish and Dive for whale watching, snorkel and scuba trips and ocean kayaking - 808.553.5926
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