Meherdham Hawaii consists of five acres of agricultural land located
about three miles northeast of Ho'olehua Airport. The property is in
the central part of the island toward the upland side amidst
farmlands and countryside. A coffee plantation and Macadamia Nut
Farm are just down the
road. Technically, Meherdham is in the town of Ho'olehua through
the only features of the town are a post office
and a credit union and two other buildings.
Two miles east on the small main road brings you to
the larger town of Kualapu'u. Kualapu'u features a post office, a restaurant, a grocery store and
a larger residential community. The island's only real Town,
Kaunakakai, is located down land, closer to the ocean on the south
side. Although there is only one main street, whatever is needed by Molokai's residents and guests is obtainable there - although you
may have to wait for the barges to come in to restock the stores.
The Meherdham property was acquired by Stan Alapa and his daughters
in the 1970s as part of the Native Hawaiian Homelands Act. Prior to
being developed as a Center, Stan and his daughter Ohelo attempted
one and another agricultural project over the years - none of which
attained success for any long period. The only structures on the
land were open sided packing sheds used to process the produce. Most
importantly for the Center's future, however, was the planting of
Ironwood trees as wind breaks which define the major acreage, and the installation
of a major irrigation system.
The first true building on the property was the cottage Stan built
when the move from Kipu became necessary. Originally intended as an
office for Stan and a salon for Shirley it quickly became the place
where they would live. Currently, this building is Shirley's home
and houses Baba's, sandals, sadra and other smaller treasures.
Before Stan's passing in 2001, he had begun the work of converting
the old packing sheds into guest accommodations, and, having shared
his plans and dreams with his wife Shirley, she set out to continue
In 2003, a wing of cottage rooms was made available to guests.
While still limited, the guest wing includes a one bedroom
apartment, known as "Hale Baba", with cooking and bath facilities, a
library, a small meditation room where Baba's chair and foot cushion
are located and a meeting room and store room recently converted
into an additional guest facility known as "Hale Jai".
Current Guest Facilities
At present, overnight accommodations are limited to Hale Baba
and Hale Jai. Hale Baba has one bedroom with two
single beds, a couch and room on the floor for those who are
comfortable with futons. Hale Jai is a split room arrangement
consisting of a living room-kitchenette, and an attached
bathroom and bedroom with a single bed. Again, futons can
be arranged for the living room area. For more hardy
souls, lots of space is available for tent camping. (Advanced arrangements required).
So long as the space is available, there is no limit to
your length of stay.
Please contact Shirley for availability.
We will accept donations. State Excise Tax # W01849200-01.
Like Meher Baba's
Universal Center in Myrtle Beach, we strive to be a celibate retreat.
If you would like to
stay in a Hotel, you may find Hotel Molokai comfortable.
As Meherdham is a
retreat, we ask that you not conduct business while
you are here.
I appreciate that you have come so far and would like to invite
you to have breakfast with me on a prearranged
basis. Lunch and dinner are on your own.
Alamo Rental (Phone) 567 6381 or 1-800-327-9633 (located at the airport, near the retreat center).
Hele Mai Taxi (Phone) 336 0967 or 646 9060
Diving directions: Once you have
picked up your car, drive east on the airport road to your first
left, continue up that short road and turn right on Mo'omomi.
Drive east again on Mo'omomi until you come to the "T" at
Pu'upe'elua. Turn left and continue to the stop sign at
Farrington Hwy. At the left corner you will see a small
credit union occupying the green lawn. This is immediately
next to Meherdham. Turn left into the large parking area.
Then walk through the carport to the path and the front door of
There is always work to do on the farm
and for Baba. If, you are up for this, let me know.
Jai Baba. Welcome and Aloha!