Dear Visitors,

Below are some wonderful messages from those who have stayed with us in the past. Your comments are deeply appreciated.

At the bottom of this page, and you will find a Comment Form. Please fill it out and submit it. Thank you very much for your consideration, and for sharing with us your experience here at Maui Retreat.

Mahalo,  Raphael and Kutira

“Staying at the Bamboo Temple at the Kahua Institute is among the most glorious retreats that can be experienced.  The entire mandala house [Bamboo Temple], with its complete amenities, is built around a magical octagonal bed in front of which is a window, as wide as the horizon.  The panorama includes shoreline, ocean and sky framed like dramatic curtains by palm trees on one side, and tall papyrus reeds on the other.  Tastefully paradisiacal.  Balinese statues of lovers peak in at the window as the guests take a cue from the mating whales whose tails flip up in the panorama.  Creativity fairly seethes in this ideal tropical environment. At the Kahua Institute, all of the residences are superb.   No wonder you feel so vividly alive here.  There are no interfering power lines.  The founders, Kutira and Raphael have been off the grid with their eco-sustainable technologies for years.  World famous teachers in the sacred art of Tantra, Kutira and Raphael are also acclaimed musicians with numerous albums of original music that is etherial, energetic, and uplifting. We recommend gifting yourself and a loved one with two weeks or more at the Kahua Institute taking advantage of all that they offer and have one of the most memorable experiences of a lifetime.”

–Alex and Allyson Grey

Painting created by Alex Grey during his stay at Maui Retreat


“Staying with Kutira and Raphael at the Maui Eco Retreat is better than a big hotel, they hold spirit and the land is alive with what makes me sing and dance”

–Steven Tyler, Aerosmith

“Wow! Incredible! This place Rocks! We love it! Love you all. The Family here is caring and full of fun, spirit, nurturing and love. The moon is full and glowing mystically through the window! With love and appreciation,”

–Meleana & James

“I never expected that in this life I would live in a bamboo house or wake to see the sun rise on the ocean ‘beneath’ my head. You have created a magical place here and it has been wonderful to share it with you. I shall never forget this place.”

–Sam Stewart, London, England

“Thank you Raphael & Kutira, for your sacred mountainside retreat. So many beautiful, thoughtful love filled details created a sanctuary for pure relaxation for us.”

–Jessica & Jim, Mill Valley, CA

“Kahua Institute is the best retreat space I have stayed in. The people and the atmosphere are truly magical.”

–Steven Metz & Julee Margulies

“Peace & Joy, wonderful island, beautiful place, enlightened people.”

–Bob & Marguerita, London/England

“With open minds and open hearts we stumbled upon paradise. A glorious place to spend our honeymoon and 10 year anniversary. We are grateful for the love and attention that has gone into creating such a peaceful and harmonious retreat.”

–Lori & Paul, California

“What a little taste of heaven. So quiet, so tranquil, so peaceful.”

–Paul & Tami, Minnesota

“Thank you for creating and sharing this magical place with others. We experienced such peace and beauty. Our time here was so special. We loved our massages. Thank you for sharing this little corner of heaven. We will return.”

–Dana & Rick Tywoniak, Moss Beach, CA

“We soaked in the serenity. We breathed out joy.”

–Duane & Rachel

“Dear Kutira and Raphael,

Once  again a big  thank you for your hospitality and a wonderful time at  Kahua. It has such a miraculous  effect on us  that  we’ll  have to keep  coming  back. As soon as we arrived, the weight and responsibility of every day  life  just melted away.  Before finding  Kahua,  I had  no idea  that paradise existed.  Lush greenery, palms, the endless blue of the Pacific Ocean and sunrise in my bed….

Thank you for being so welcoming. At Kahua, it feels like the world is a safe place. No locks, no shut  doors,  just  trust and peace.  I know it does  take an effort to put everything  together and you have done a beautiful job.  I  am still astonished by the complex, elaborate detail and artwork of every single structure, house, building at  Kahua.  I  love the blend of Swiss,  Hawaiian and Eastern cultures.  Swiss for the attention  to detail  and organization,  Hawaiian to add  spirituality,  Eastern to bring the spirit to art and design.  What a beautiful blend.  I  love your consideration of  the environment and animals alike.

 Staying at Kahua, I came to some life transforming realization. I have more  clarity  in what  to do with my life, how to use my knowledge and gifts and have come to a plan of better balanced life. My decision is to work  less and  explore the interests  I had never had  much time for  -  photography, writing, being….    I have already told many  people about your place- mainly because  I believe that  it  will have the same  miraculous  effect on  them.  I hope you realize how  gifted  you are in making the world  a better place. 

Once  again,  Mahalo for all. 



“Dear Kutira

Mahalo, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with Bob and I. We had a FANTASTIC trip, and we loved your retreat center. Everything was so beautiful! It was Bob’s first time in Maui, and I don’t think it could have been a better trip. Bob’s also a musician and artist, so he really felt at home in the house with all of its amazing art and positive energy. It was great to meet all the students too. This is our 2nd day back in Los Angeles, and we are already missing you and Maui, but we’ve been feeling so good and relaxed and peaceful. I went to the doctor’s yesterday, and my blood pressure was 98/70!! I’ve never had my blood pressure so low before!! Yes, we’re still riding the Maui high…=D Thank you so much for making our trip so special and wonderful. We will send you pictures when we upload them. Hopefully we will see you again soon!!



“A last minute decision was made prior to leaving for a family vacation in Kihei to extend my stay on the island of Maui in order to establish the foundation of a book. I had absolutely no idea that I would leave there a changed woman! Your property is definitely sacred and resurrects tranquility within. In addition, the people that my sister and I met there have now become amazing friends. They were also God’s messengers along life’s journey to bring about a necessary change in our lives.

Thank you for persevering through the obstacles to make your land a place for us to get unplugged from the energy of the city and plugged back into our life’s purpose! In was an honor to meet you both!”

– Jacke Von Woerkom

“Mahalo Kutira and Raphael-You have added to original beauty of this place in the spirit of Aloha! Thank you for your hospitality. I have spent time here painting my drum and now when I play I play for us all.

‘…..Beautiful music wakes up the spirits. They sleep and wait for us to come and entice them to awaken. That’s why I sing and say beautiful things to my spirits…..’

Zolia – Jaguar Woman by Lynn V Andrews”

~~Denise / Walkingbird


“Thank you for building this beautiful and magical place, we are so glad to have been able to experience the wonderful closeness to the ocean, the sun the moon, and stars! This retreat was exactly what we needed! Mahalo”

~~Ching-Wei + Olivia, Oakland, CA

“I came here to renew and find my heart’s center and found so much more. You have created a place and space of beauty that is truly in harmony with our Mother Earth. The peacefulness is not just in the air but resonates from the land itself. It is because of this place of peace, the “grounded-ness”, that my spirit was allowed to fly where it willed. This was the perfect place for my spiritual renewal. Mahalo.”

— Kahty, Indiana

“Dear Kutira and Raphael,

To me this is real Maui, tucked away in the deepness and ancientness of nature. Living in bamboo I felt my nature alter. This was a unique experience, even though we just briefly touched the surface of your lovely life style. Thank you for your vision of a better way of living. Much love for now and the future.”

~~ Jude  (Australia)

“This place will be in our hearts and souls – a place to return to with our feelings and thoughts – always there. One day I hope we will return in person again. Thank you for sharing this very special place, it has been a blessing to stay here.”

~~ Armin Anderson, Gainsville Florida

(“This is very common- many people come back to our land in their dreams and imagination as a place of power and healing.”


Maui, in essence, is an island of enchanting beauty –and the eco-tourism retreat center instantaneously taking your breath away, with a backdrop that could be considered an artist’s paradise.  Each shared experience can be dubbed with fascinating names as it is a place nourished by an authentic culture of conscious awareness. It’s identity is simply a blend of lush natural beauty, an abundance of blessings felt immediately, loving energy, and pure magic.  I am humbly grateful for this surreal experience.  It is the best I have ever encountered in my life journey as a world traveler.                  Vanessa Ouinones


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