Polestar Gardens Community

Pahoa, Hawaii, United States

  • Last updated: July 11, 2017 (5 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: April 23, 2006

Mission Statement

Our Mission:
Polestar creates dynamic opportunities for life-long learning and spiritual growth based on the universal teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.

Our Values:
Our essential purpose is “the deepening of the spirit”.
We seek to create a culture that values spirit, community and life-long learning.
We strive to express the universal teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda and other great spiritual traditions.
We aspire to celebrate the sacredness of life in the company of dear friends.
We promote tolerance, compassion and service to others as a pathway to individual and world peace.
We understand that life is a sacred opportunity to grow

Community Description

Polestar is an intentional, spiritual community on the Big Island of Hawaii.

We offer year-round, hands-on experience in cooperative living (through a work exchange program) based on the universal teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic, “Autobiography of a Yogi”. We also offer opportunities for personal retreat and vacation, as well as many dynamic programs for families and youths.

Our core values are spirit, community and life-long learning.

As we often say, we try to “eat, meditate, work and play” together. We have found these elements to be the fundamental glue that sustains our community.

We strive to “keep the main thing, the main thing”. That is to say, to keep our focus on spirit – maintaining our connection to our deeper Selves – at the center of our lives.

We are vegetarian, with a recreational drug and alcohol-free lifestyle, (this is a non-negotiable policy). Among various educational and inspirational programs, we offer internship and work trade programs for those who are interested in raja yoga, building, organic gardening, sacred music, art & creativity, alternative healing, and many other skills for living. We are on 20 beautiful acres on the Big Island of Hawaii with deep soil and a year-round growing season.

We aspire to Yogananda’s ideal of simple living and high thinking and see meditation and service as our path to living fulfilled lives. We invite those who share these values to join us in creating a community that supports continuous physical, mental, and spiritual development.

You can find more information about us on our website. Also, you can check out the link below to our Apprenticeship Application.

Raja Yoga Internship

Mahalo (thank you)!

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2000
  • Start Living Together: 2000
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address: http://www.polestargardens.org
  • Business, Project, or Organization: http://www.polestargardens.org
  • Contact Name: Bernadette Sabath
  • Phone: 808-430-8009
  • Mailing Address:
    15-2662 Pahoa Village Rd.
    Suite 306 PMB 8740
    Pahoa, Hawaii, 96778
    United States
  • Location


  • Type(s): Spiritual or Religious Community
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 20.5 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Single Standing Dwellings
  • Current Number of Residences: 12
  • Planned number of residences: 25
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Tiny house
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: the non-profit (Polestar Gardens LLC)
  • Additional Comments:

    We have one main 6,000 sq. ft. house with a shared common area for interns, cabins, tent cabins and permanent camping areas.

    The land is owned by the non-profit.
    At the moment we have plans for new structures, we are a work in progress.


  • Adult Members: 14
  • Child Members: 1
  • Non-member Residents: 8
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    We offer personal retreat, vacation, work-trade, and internship options as an opportunity to experience life in our community.

    E-mail us at [email protected] Or contact Ann at (808) 430-8009 and/or visit our website at www.polestargardens.org

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    We ask for all interested in becoming members to share our community lifestyle for a year before deciding to become a member. Starting out with a visit as a guest or an intern is a perfect way to begin the process.

  • Additional Comments:

    We practice meditation and some yoga. We have sadhana (spiritual practices) at 6am, noon and at 5:30pm daily. We have longer (3 hour) meditations on the weekends. Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday afternoons we schedule asana classes if there is interest. Every Wednesday we share Kirtan with the greater Puna community.
    Every last Sunday of the month we hold a Silent Retreat.

    Teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda are focused on every Monday evening during our Raja Yoga classes.


  • Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    There is a board of elected members that meets on a bi-weekly basis. This meeting is always open to all members.


  • Join Fee: $7000
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $200
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 3
  • Additional Comments:

    At least 3 hours a week of household type chores, plus any other work-exchange he/she has signed up for.
    There is a membership fee due at the time membership is established which can take 2-3 years
    Community Fees are $200 per month per adult for residents
    Membership fees go up $500 per year. New members will be required to pay $8000 for 2017.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are totally off grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Biofuel, catchment system for water supply
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Planned food produced: Almost All, around 90%
  • Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Large Scale Kitchen, Stage or Auditorium, Gym or sports area, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: No, it is slow.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Yes – we all share a common diet.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: No, this community does not permit alcohol use.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    We are an ovo-lacto vegetarian community, though people are free to eat as they choose away from home.
    Vegan and Gluten-free diets are accommodated.
    If people need to smoke we ask they do so off property. This is only a few minutes walk for smokers.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Hindu, the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: Yes
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)


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