Hanai is nestled into a 9-acre parcel at the intersection of Neff and Eagle Roads. This event center was built by Kim and Tim Smythe. The Smythe’s moved to Bend from Hawaii in 1998. After they sold their business, they dedicated themselves to giving back to the Central Oregon community.The couple created a place where people can gather to connect. They provide activities to support healing, nurture conscious connection and celebrate Bend’s community.Hanai believes abundant communities evolve from building meaningful relationships in welcoming spaces.
“Hanai is a Hawaiian word that is often translated as ‘to nurture’.Our vision is to become a community hub. A place where individuals can let go of what doesn’t serve them. Rediscover their true selves”, says Kim Smythe.“It is our hope that Hanai will help people authentically connect to build bridges across generations. To break down fictional barriers that divide us as people and neighbors”.
Hanai’s unique indoor and outdoor gathering spaces were designed to invite outdoors in. The space honors mother nature. It inspires courage, creativity, conversation, and connection.The facility’s spaces are flexible. It can be used individually for intimate classes and workshops. Or it can be reserved in its entirety for retreats, weddings or community celebrations.
“We want people to gather at Hanai. To realize we are more alike than different.We encourage people to leave their biases at the doorwhen they enter Hanai. . We want to provide access to transformative opportunities. We’re actively seeking relationships with practitioners who have complementary programs,” said Smythe.