What is your deadline?

December 4th, 2017.  All writers who will be staying with us at Kalani must have applied, been accepted, and made their deposits by this date.


Need to reach us?

Haven’t gotten a response about your application, problem with a form, or just have a question that is not answered here?  You can always write to us at assistant@pelesfire.com.


How much does it cost?

Your cost includes tuition (for all workshop offerings, instruction, and an individual consultation on your manuscript) and Kalani accommodations/use fees.  Kalani’s fees cover three meals a day, use of the grounds, and accommodations for your choice. The combined registration fee varies according to Kalani’s fees, and breaks down as follows:

Standard double cottage ($2295)

Triple cottage ($1995)

Single cottage ($2925)

Kama’aina off-site ($1299)

Additional classes, massage, adventures are available to you through Kalani for an additional fee. Transportation not included.


Any discounts available?

If you have worked with one of us before, are a returning participant, or if you have been referred to us by a friend, let us know. You may be eligible for a Kindred Scholarship toward tuition.  Please inquire at assistant@pelesfire.com.


Can you tell me more about the housing?

Pele’s Fire is being held in the Ocean Vista and Kalani Kai sections on the grounds, which are a short walk away from the dining area, pool and center. We have a studio for workshops and readings, along with a lounge and deck, and will be holding dance/movement writing classes in a larger space, where optional yoga and other classes are also being offered.

Our accommodation are cottages: private, free-standing structures of approximately 400 square feet that feature wood and renewable bamboo construction and a covered, outdoor lanai. Some have screened windows; others glass. All cottages have unique artistic touches, a private bath and mini fridge. Some are nestled in tropical foliage, while others look out over open fields.

Cottages have capacity for up to three persons. Kalani registration fees are calculated based on double occupancy. If you are coming as a group of three and want to stay together, or are interested in a single cottage, let us know early and we can discuss fees and availability.


I need to book my flights. When should I be there?

The schedule is currently being drafted and will be available soon. Kalani check-in is at 4 pm on February 28th, so activities will begin shortly thereafter.  Early arrivals will be allowed to leave their belongings at reception and use the grounds, take any scheduled public classes etc.  Check-out is after lunch on March 6th.


What airport should I fly into?

The closest airport is in Hilo, about 30-40 miles away. You could also fly into Kona, which is on the other side of the island if you want to do some sightseeing. (That’s about a two-three hour drive.)


Do I need a car? How do I get from the airport to Kalani?

Kalani has a pickup/drop off service to the Hilo airport, which is $50-$75 each way depending on the number of passengers. If you are coming from Kona, you will need to rent a car, and if you are landing in Hilo but would like the option of leaving Kalani and sightseeing during the retreat, you might do better renting a car. If you are interested in being in touch with other writers to share a rental car, you can let us know on your registration form. We will know better closer to the date who is coming, and who is arriving when.


Can I come early/leave late?

Kalani does offer extended stays at a discount, space permitting. Retreat participants who wish to extend their stay must contact Kalani Guest Services directly at 800 800 6886, or by emailing reservations@kalani.com.


I want to make it a vacation. What else is there to do on the Big Island?

For those who want to spend more time in Hawaii, Kalani is quite out of the way and probably not the best home base for your extended stay. If you want to see other parts of the island, plan on renting a car and traveling. In this case, Kona airport is your best bet, as it has more flights, and more rental car availability. To get started, the Hawaii tourism site, Go Hawaii, can give you a sense of the scale of the island:  Or check out Fodors or the guide book Hawaii: The Big Island Revealed, which is the most comprehensive guide for uncommon sites and comes as an app.


What’s the weather like?

Average historical temperatures in late March are 80 degrees in the day and 65 degrees at night. It’s the jungle, so expect both sun and some passing rain.


What kind of telephone/computer access is there?

Cellphone service is spotty, however there is some limited reception on the property. Guests with AT&T as their service provider seem best able to get a decent signal. Wireless land-line phones are available at Guest Services, where you can also buy a long distance calling card. There is also a pay phone.

You can check your email on a Kalani PC for an hourly fee. If you have a laptop, wireless service is available in several places, including in the main areas of the Pele’s Fire retreat. Usage is free, but please be aware that wireless access is limited in the jungle environment. Large downloads are strongly discouraged (No hogging the network!). Dial-up service is not available. There is also a printer available at Guest Services (per page fee). Check back in with us before you come to see if we have been able to add an additional printer exclusively for our retreat.


Is Kalani suitable for me?*

Kalani is a community that celebrates life in ways that embrace a natural lifestyle. We live in harmony with the jungle environment, which means you will probably encounter harmless creatures such as spiders, geckos and mongoose. There are mosquitoes here, so we recommend that you bring a repellent spray. Our accommodations are simple and comfortable, with no televisions or phones. If you have any questions about your stay, feel free to contact Kalani online or call us at (800) 800-6886 (toll-free in USA and Canada) or (808) 965-7828 (worldwide).


What should I bring?*

These items are available in the Kalani gift shop, but you may want to bring your own:

  • Batteries
  • Books
  • Bug spray
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Flip flops, sandals (slippah’s)
  • Hat
  • Long sleeve shirt and pants (for evenings)
  • Phone card for making long-distance calls (Cell access is limited)
  • Refillable waterbottle
  • Shorts
  • Skirts, dresses, sarongs
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • T-shirts, tank tops
  • Toiletries (shampoo, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Travel umbrella
  • Yoga mat and props (yoga mats and props are provided in our classrooms)

Other useful items that are not available in the Kalani gift shop:

  • Alarm clock, battery operated
  • Beach towel
  • Camera
  • CD player or iPod with headphones
  • Laptop (wireless access available)
  • Lightweight rain coat
  • Medications
  • Sandals with ankle straps that can be worn in the water
  • Spending money for excursions, shopping, etc. (We do not have an ATM on-site)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sweatshirt (for cooler evenings)
  • Swim suit
  • Tennis shoes or close-toed shoes for walking on lava and hiking


Did I read something about massages and other offerings?

Kalani has a variety of body workers on the grounds. If you are interested in scheduling a massage or other treatment, take a look at their website, and book before you arrive or as early as possible during your stay. The draft schedule for Pele’s Fire will be provided in ample time for you to be able to customize your retreat experience.

In addition, there is a full schedule of yoga, dance and meditation offerings through Kalani that can be viewed here (no advance registration necessary). You can rent snorkeling equipment and grab a bike if you want to explore on your own.




*FAQ from the Kalani website.