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North Kohala Meditation Center

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In Halelua, in remote North Kohala, a peninsula on Hawai‘i Island blessed by trade winds and abundant rain, 80 acres of coastal lands hold the timeless wisdom of centuries past, the unlimited breath of the present shaping the future, quiet, serene, kind and wild at once. Here, a rocky stream bed opens to a narrow bay, home to monk seals, crashing waves and ancient sites. Rolling pastures, salty winds, and shoreline cliffs bear witness to the vastness of the Pacific and the spaciousness of nature. Seabirds soar and dragonflies glide.

IMG_4114In 1999, Vipassana Hawai‘i’s founding teachers, Michele McDonald and Steven Smith, began acquisition of these lands with the intention to preserve them for future generations while creating a small hermitage for practice. At Vipassana Hawai‘i, we trust that a safe home for practice amid nature is one of the most mindful ways to contribute at this time on this earth. So we envisioned a secluded monastic center harmonious in its environment, a perfect setting for the teachings of the Buddha, who, himself, taught outdoors, practiced outdoors, and encouraged his monks to practice outdoors.


Currently, we have a simple tent out on the land under which we offer a weekly Sunday Sitting but we hope to expand.  We have begun small trail and agricultural projects but we are in need of more funding for construction and long-term maintenance. If you have any interest in helping us explore what might be possible for us, please get in touch with us!

Read more about some of our guiding values and aspirations for the land!

For all of us, may this be a time of joy and ease.