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There is something magical about the Hawaiian Islands. It has been known and experienced as a "tropical paradise"' for centuries. Couples are captivated to journey here from all parts of the world for celebration and vacation. The warmth and beauty of these islands are dazzling and the spirit of Aloha in the people that live here is genuine and heartfelt.
Lokahi Lodge is a spectacular custom-built quartzite-stone sided home. Perched on the most northern tip of the Big Island, this 10-acre private estate has expansive views of the deep blue Pacific ocean and the island of Maui from every room. The grounds are well-manicured, the gardens lush and verdant and the orchards abound with a wide variety of tropical fruits and nuts.
You will be sharing the Lodge with 1 other couple and your hosts. In the guest wing where you will be staying there is one full bathroom inside the house and one outdoor bathroom with shower. You will be sharing both bathrooms with the other couple.
Lokahi Lodge is a spectacular secluded custom-built 3 bedroom 3 bath quartzite-stone sided home of 2500 square feet on ten lush acres overlooking the vast Pacific Ocean. An indoor bamboo and fern garden greets you as you enter the front door. The interior features a great room with large beamed cathedral ceilings of aromatic Port Orford cedar.
Floors of warm Brazilian cherry wood combined with cool polished and textured granite guide you to the large windows and sliding glass doors with sweeping ocean views. A magnificent well-appointed kitchen with granite counters makes meal preparation a delight. The great room opens to a spacious lanai (porch) with views of the deep blue Pacific and the island of Maui.
The lanai is made of rich ipe (iron-wood) held up by hand-harvested Ohia posts featuring a porch swing, hammock, and an outdoor dining area for your enjoyment. A vegetable and flower garden grace the view towards the ocean. There are 3 attractive bedrooms, each with an ocean view, (one of which is a master suite with a large, deep granite bathtub) and three elegant bathrooms (including two outdoor showers). High-speed wireless computer access is available. A complete laundry center is conveniently located off of the kitchen.
When the deep spirit and spectacular beauty of the Hawaiian islands called your hosts, Richard and Natalie, to come live in the magic and power of these islands almost 40 years ago, they explored, connected with and embraced the most inspiring places, people and experiences that thrilled them, opened their hearts and supported the passion in their relationship. These experiences are now offered to a small group of couples to experience the love of true Hawaii.
Imagine yourself and your partner embraced by this Hawaiian Couples Adventure program that takes care of all your needs and offers an authentic experience of Hawaii.
Imagine you and your partner living at Lokahi Garden Sanctuary, the 10-acre organic farm, and garden sanctuary, created by Richard and Natalie as a place of beauty and peacefulness, shared with a small group of other couples.
Richard and Natalie will offer support for the health of your relationship by learning and practicing compassionate communication and listening partnerships.
Richard and Natalie bring you a unique experience that fulfills dreams of encountering authentic Hawaii, an experience that can only be created by people who have lived here and loved this island deeply and for a long time...and have been crafting small group adventures in an elegant way for over 20 years.
During this 10 day Hawaiian Couples Adventure you will experience beautiful lodging, delicious meals, exhilarating outdoor adventures such as whale watching (in season), sailing, snorkeling, ceremony, hiking, kayaking, beach time, meditation, Pilates/yoga, massage and spa treatments, Hawaiian cultural experiences (hula, awa ceremony, ceremony at the volcano, lei making, talk story) and some practice in couples compassionate communication.
Each day's activities vary depending on weather and ocean conditions. Each day there is typically meditation in the morning followed by fitness/yoga/pilates. Then an outdoor activity, a hike, swim, snorkel, kayak, sail. There is a couple Lomi-Lomi Hawaiian style massage and a spa treatment included. There are cultural activities including an Awa ceremony, hula and live music, a sunrise ceremony at the Volcano National park, and lei making. You will have 3 sessions focused on couples' communication as well. There's plenty of rest and relaxation.
The big island has 22 ecosystems of the 26 ecosystems on our planet, two 14,000 foot mountains, an active volcano with flowing lava, jungles, rain forests, deserts, and beaches of white, black, green sand, coral and lava rock.
The humpback whales migrate to Hawaiian in winter to birth their babies and enliven our ocean with their majestic presence and playfulness.
Sail and kayak with the whales and spinner dolphins, snorkel in crystal clear coves with fish, turtles, coral, and underwater sea arches, ride some waves and relax on the beach.
You will hike into lush Pololu valley with its black sand beach. You will experience swimming in waterfalls and pools created by fresh water rivers running down to the ocean.
You will hike across lava fields with views of smoldering craters, steam vents and the new plant life of baby ohia trees, ferns, opelu berries growing in the cracks and nourished by the chant of the winds and the misty rains.
During your time together, you will participate in authentic ceremonies to honor nature and spirit in Hawaii and within yourself, sacred hula and Hawaiian music, awa ceremony, ceremony at the volcano, lei making, "talk story".
Relax, rejuvenate, re-balance, nourish and pamper yourself with a Lokahi Garden Sanctuary signature plant-enhanced spa and massage treatment.
Garden-fresh scrubs, lotions, masks, oils, and mists capture the essence of Lokahi’s fruits, flowers and medicinal herbs (spa guests may even gather some of the plants for their treatment if desired).
Refreshing garden tea and coconut water are included, as is additional time to enjoy the serenity of the Sanctuary. Following your treatment, rest in a hammock, lounge chair or swing, sit in the forest or garden or walk through the medicine wheel on the grounds.
1 1/2 hour spa and massage treatments (includes an additional hour to experience the Sanctuary) cost 170 USD. Plant walk and treatments by appointment only.
Lokahi Garden Sanctuary is a sustainable working farm, garden sanctuary, and retreat center. Founded by Richard Liebmann, N.D. and Natalie Young, Lokahi Garden Sanctuary is dedicated to serving their Ohana (human family) by offering programs and practices that encourage Lokahi (harmony and balance within and without) and providing opportunities to experience an intimate relationship with the Aina (earth).
Located in historic North Kohala on the Big Island of Hawaii on 10 lush acres with sweeping ocean views and the island of Maui, Lokahi Garden Sanctuary includes extensive vegetable, medicinal and culinary herb gardens, fruit and nut orchards, and small tree forests that include native and "useful" trees. The sanctuary is also home to an active farm internship program where people live and learn about nurturing the soil, growing organic foods, caring for animals, and living sustainably.
Richard began his journey to health and wellness in his early 20s living in Israel. He returned to the United States to attend the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Richard graduated with high honors in 1977 and for the next two years working at the college teaching and in the administration as Academic Dean. In 1979 Richard moved to the big island of Hawaii and opened the Hawaii Family Health Clinic. After his work in the clinic, Richard began integrating his experience practicing Naturopathic Medicine into expanded arenas.
Natalie Klausman Young fell in love with Hawaii in 1977 while living in a tent for a month in the wilderness of Kalalau Valley on Kauai. Her passion for the interconnection of people to people and people to nature as embodied by the land and people of Hawaii bought her to live here permanently in 1981. Her childhood was infused with a great love of the outdoors, dance and health. She earned her college degree from Washington University (Sociology/Anthropology and Modern Dance) and her graduate degree from Tulane University (Masters of Social Work).
Lokahi Garden Sanctuary is a magical place. Experience the sunrises and sunsets that are often awe-inspiring. Gaze up to the night sky ablaze with innumerable stars and galaxies with the Milky Way arching across the sky. The tranquility, beauty, and privacy of the space is profound.
Experience peace and relaxation at Lokahi as you swing in a hammock, lie on a chaise lounge chair or walk the paths through the gardens, forest and pastures with oceans views abounding. Indulge your senses and reconnect with yourself.
Delicious farm-sourced meals will be prepared for you in the gourmet kitchen. Feel the deep connection of feasting on farm-fresh produce harvested and expertly prepared by our staff. Except for the 3 meals, they will be on your own.
Kona International Airport at Keāhole
Please book your flight to arrive at Kona International Airport at Keāhole (KOA). The transfer from and to this airport is included in the price. Lokahi Garden Sanctuary will pick you up from the airport.
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