We spent three lovely days at the retreat over the New Years holiday. It was a welcome respite from our very busy lives. We stayed in the Lotus Room in the Opua House, a spacious comfortable room with its own bathroom and very affordable. At night we left the doors open so we could listen to the frogs on the pond and the ocean waves beyond, and nothing more! It was so incredibly restful. All of the staff were super friendly and interesting. It was also quite fun to meet and spend time with other guests at the Opua House, where sharing a kitchen and dining room gave us lots of opportunities to socialize. It’s also big enough to be adventurous! My husband and I hiked all over the property, enjoying a long outing climbing down the path to the rocks overlooking the gorgeous cove, swimming in the secluded pond above the waterfall, and admiring the wonderful bamboo structures built all over the property. Plenty of privacy to be found! We also really enjoyed getting to know Kutira and learning more about the amazing and diverse projects that she and Raphael have undertaken. My husband and I certainly look forward to returning and staying in touch.
Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
“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”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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”
“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!”
“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!! love,”
“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. Love,”