Our Mission & Values
Kohala Institute at ‘Iole: Elevate Your Journey
Kohala Institute at ‘Iole is located on 2,400 acres in gorgeous, rural North Kohala, and includes the intact, historic ahupua’a of ‘Iole. Here you will discover a deep appreciation for the beauty and wonder of nature, Hawai‘i Island and our Earth. Stay at GRACE Center (formerly the 19th-century Kohala Girls School), our haven for contemplation and reflection, located within six beautifully renovated and restored multi-use buildings. We also offer 10 cabins for guest rental and a dormitory student housing option, as well as meals. Visitors of all ages come to GRACE Center to participate in our place-based, “learn-by-doing” Kohala Institute programs, retreats and tours. The innovative GRACE Center, which features state-of-the-art distance learning technology, is also ideal for community events, meetings, summits, conferences and educational classes.
The Kohala Institute’s mission is to provide opportunities to connect with the lands at ‘Iole and universal values to provide for a better world. Kohala Institute at ‘Iole provides a rich environment for discovery through place-based experiences that encourage connections with place, self, and others as a basis for developing and renewing relationships in preparation for challenging discussions; a neutral place where long-term solutions to longstanding challenges are collaboratively determined and embraced.
Nani ka waiho a Kohala i ka la‘i
Beautiful lies Kohala in the calm
Our Core Values
Collaboration starts with building relationships based on a common set of universal values. At Kohala Institute, it starts with GRACE.
Gratitude Recognize that everything is a gift or a lesson
Respect Be open and truly listen
Accountability Take responsibility for ourselves and the impact of our actions
Courage Act with integrity
Engagement Contribute our gifts to benefit others