A Place of Retreat

Last month, my wife and I explored the back roads of the Waianae town on the westside of Oahu, Hawaii.  Our exploration for majestic mountain scenery took us past the Kahumana Organic Farm Cafe and Retreat Center, a place well hidden for refuge.  Curious about what this place was and seeing some wooden building behind a stone wall end gravel entrance we decided to drive in to inquire what this place was.

The cafe was closed that day but the owner or manager was in the kitchen and came out to see who was outside so naturally I inquired about this place, their cafe and presented that passkey phrase, “I do blogs about doors on a website called Thursday Doors, and would you mind if we looked around and could I photograph some of your doors?”  Taking photos of doors gets you some weird looks but often gets you that free pass to take door photos so it works for me.  I found out that they have a few acres and several buildings which are rented to individuals but most often for groups holding retreats.  On the day we visited, a group of yoga enthusiasts were staying at the retreat.  I googled this place and found an article about the place:  Kahumana Organic Farm Cafe

So here are photos as we entered the Retreat Center grounds:


The first door that caught my eye in addition to the interesting wooden buildings.


The building looks like something in the Hobbit’s Middle Earth story or something from Southeast Asia.


The entry sign above the door below said, “Aloha”.


Double doors on this building.  Some other buildings were hidden by the landscape foliage so I didn’t get any good shots of them and I didn’t want to disturb the guests.


And lastly, a shot of the Waianae Mountain Range that we were exploring the countryside for.  This range was behind a perimeter chain-linked fence guarding the Navy’s Radio facility.


Thanks for visiting my post and thanks to Norm 2.0 for his creation of the Thursday Doors website.  For more posts and photos of doors by others please go to: Thursday Doors.

16 thoughts on “A Place of Retreat

  1. The first door is so intricate! It must have some enlightenment tale woven through it.
    The building architecture is so unique. Very different!
    I do love the way the foliage hugs the buildings and is so lush!

    That mountain range is gorgeous!

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      1. That old adage that has been passed down through the ages about one bad apple spoiling the bushel is true isn’t it. It taints the lot like it or not.

        Sometimes it’s worth taking a risk though and venturing outside the box. Just look you met a nice guy and found a spot with wonderful doors, architecture, and a space to let for a get away! And with your Blog you can share it so others can find and enjoy it too! 🙂

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  2. Wow the angles of that building with the double door – crazy (good)! The second door is such beautiful craftsmanship. Since I haven’t been in S E Asia since I was 5, am taking your word for the hobbit house!
    Actually I’ve never had strange looks because of doors, unless hubs is with me, also with a camera -then we get car honks on the country side (don’t know if that’s approval or disapproval:)). Thank you! Wishing you and your family a beautiful spring and happy Easter!

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  3. Gosh those are charming. I’ve never seen anything like that. That last one, in particular has my heart. But the door on the first is the real gem for our door purposes.

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    1. Thank you so much, Joey! I’m glad I was able to share some photos of my home state with you. I’ve been away from Hawaii for a long time except for visits and the mountain ranges always look better with each visit. It’s a case of not appreciating what you see everyday until you don’t have the opportunity to see it for awhile.

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