Paramhansa Yogananda

“O Father, I want prosperity, health, and wisdom without measure, not from earthly sources but from Thine all-possessing, all-powerful, all-bountiful hands.”

– Paramhansa Yogananda

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Spiritual Community
Yoga & Meditation in Hawaii

Polestar is a spiritual community on the Big Island of Hawaii that offers year-round, hands-on experience in cooperative living based on the universal teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.

We offer an energizing life-style of daily yoga and meditation, karma yoga or service projects, and outdoor-adventure opportunities for apprentices, guests on vacation or personal retreat, and families and youth. People of all faiths are welcome.      ...more

The Lava Flow in Pahoa

A quick update on our local Volcano!



‘Tutu Pele’, the goddess of the lava as she is known here, has slowed down in recent weeks but is still marching steadily toward Pahoa, our nearest town, which it will likely split in half. Though things could change, at its current rate, it will reach the main highway that connects us to more developed areas in about three weeks

Polestar itself is in no immediate danger. The economic impact and other disruptions in our area however, are potentially significant.

Two schools have already closed and more are likely as the flow advances. We are staying on our toes here and are prepared to help out in whatever way we can -- already we are working on some new educational programs to serve displaced students

Perhaps surprisingly, it's a great time to visit!

Our hurricane ravaged, lava threatened Paradise here is more precious and beautiful than ever. And if you’ve never had one, a close encounter with the volcano is a profound and wonderful experience. We will update the lava report weekly to keep you all informed. Until then,

Aloha and Blessings to each of you from all of us at Polestar!


The Path of Kriya Yoga

October 22 - 26, 2014
Polestar Gardens, Hawaii


Join us for an extended weekend learning more about and celebrating Kriya Yoga.

Paramhansa Yogananda taught his disciples and other spiritual seekers the priceless techniques and lifestyles of Kriya Yoga. Polestar is blessed to have the director of the Ananda Kriya Sangha, Nayaswami Devarshi visiting to teach classes and offer Kriya Yoga initiation and instruction to qualified retreatants.

There will be many classes and events open to all of Polestar's Ohana starting with our regularly scheduled Kirtan on Wednesday evening, Oct. 22      ...more





“Farm to Table” Free Lunch at Polestar

Join Master Chef Matt Schindler on selected Mondays for lunch at Polestar. Volunteers will harvest, prepare, and eat a wide selection of Polestar and locally grown organic foods, learning many tips for sustainable farming and cooking.

Mondays - 8:oo a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Space is limited; call Matt directly for dates and questions. (808) 217-6961


You are Needed in Paradise!

There is much yet to be done restoring Polestar after Hurricane Iselle's visit...

If you love spiritual community, meditation, the ocean, work, adventure, and most of all service--now is an opportunity to experience Polestar. We are still in need of willing and able hands to restore and improve our community and gardens after hurricane Iselle.

We are especially needing those willing and able to do clearing, cleaning, chainsaw work, garden restoration, painting and more. We are open to creating special work-study arrangements to those who may need help being here...let us know.      ...contact us


Celebrate the Holidays at Polestar


There is something so amazingly divine about spending Christmas and the New Year's holidays with spiritual family! Polestar has rich, inspiring--and very fun--holiday traditions. And we invite you to share them with us.

From concerts with our Christmas choir, to open houses, to caroling trips around the big island, ocean cliffs meditations, midnight candlelight service, divine mother gift exchange...and of course, our annual all-day meditation created by Paramhansa Yogananda--what he liked to call "spiritual Christmas".

There is still time for you to make arrangements to be here with us. Contact us and we can help you.     ...contact us


More about Polestar

Practical spirituality — relevant to daily life

Experience the qualities of living and working together — getting to know people deeply, the spiritual support of group yoga, meditation, and sacred music; service projects and nature excursions that build skills and develop friendships.

Polestar offers an energizing life-style of daily yoga and meditation, karma yoga or service projects, and outdoor-adventure opportunities for apprentices, guests on vacation or personal retreat, and families and youth. People of all faiths are welcome.

We begin each day with early morning yoga and meditation followed by dynamic activity – permaculture and organic gardening, construction, service projects for the larger community, vegetarian cooking, or an area of service of your choice. Living in community, even for a short time, helps show us where our rough edges lie, so we can patiently smooth them and increase our capacity to live harmoniously with others. Kindness, compassion, awareness, sensitivity, authenticity, courage – the practice of these qualities in our daily lives are expressions of Spirit.

Whether you participate in one of our “immersion” programs such as our “Adventures in Spirit” Summer Internship Program or our ongoing Apprentice Program, or just come for personal retreat or vacation, you are welcome to participate fully in all the events and classes of our community.

We also specialize in leading our guests on tours around the island. Taking weekend or day trips, you have the opportunity to explore the beauty and wonder of the Big Island.

“The yoga practices, good company, great food, sacred music and all the amazing natural beauty of Hawaii made this an unforgettable time for me.”
DW — Minnesota

Reconnect with yourself, and with others like you

“Environment” Yogananda often said, “Is stronger than will power”. The environment we choose to live in is perhaps the most influential choice of our lives. Life at Polestar is designed to be conducive to spiritual practice, to developing deep friendships with others, and to finding a balanced way of living. Given the pace of modern life, it isn’t easy to sustain ones spiritual ideals nor to make deep connections with others. Spiritual community is a potential solution for both of these difficulties. Daily, we strive to make time for meditation, laughter, service, recreation, and thoughtful talks with friends, old and new. You will meet many kinds of people at Polestar, from those who have lived in spiritual community for many years to the many young people in their 20s and 30s who are drawn to the ideals of sustainable living. Whether you come for a day or for years, you will feel welcome here.

“It is hard to sum up in a few words how powerful every visit to Polestar is for me. It's an altogether invigorating experience; one that always recharges my body, mind, and spirit. I find myself learning more, laughing more, and living in my body and from my heart more fully.”
CK — Nevada City, CA

“This experience changed my life. I look on life with a new perspective now – I am beginning to see each moment as a blessing and a gift.”
EP — Portland, Oregon

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