My home away from home for elders escaping the cold. This place tries to live in harmony with mother earth. Off grid, recycling, composting, solar electric, rainwater catchment with hot showers, art and gardening. Affordable--stayed 7 weeks in early 2014 in their volunteer option. Flexible folks, willing to consider ideas for projects. The tent within a tent hales (housing) were comfortable and stayed dry even during heavy rain. Nature is right there. Felt strange going back to four walls later. Not bad access to catch buses to Hilo, Volcano, Kamuela and even Kona if you have the time and wish to burn less carbon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eco Retreat Hawaii provides accommodation to travelers on a budget. Our facility is staged on 11.2 acres of Ohia Lehua rainforest, just outside of the Puna forest reserve. Only 12 miles from the Hilo International Airport, Eco Retreat Hawaii is centrally located in relation to all tourist destinations on The Big Island's East side.Accommodations feature a 4,000 square foot Commons-Greenhouse, where you will meet travelers from all over the world who are also exploring Hawaii!!Power is no issue on this farm, our solar system produces over 20 kilowatt hours of electricity each day! Enjoy all of our low impact sustainable systems: 10,000 gallons of filtered and stored rain harvest, great for long hot showers and FREE Laundry! Traditional flush toilets, dozens of tropical trees, vegetable gardens, permaculture projects, vermicomposting, chickens, and more! Help us grow and maintain paradise with our Eco Retreat Volunteer Program and get a 50% discount!!We offer a range of accommodation options based on your needs! ... more less