Mokulē‘ia Writers Retreat

Nā Wahi Ho‘oulu (The Places That Inspire)

May 5 – 10, 2019

At Camp Mokulē‘ia, on O‘ahu's North Shore

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For detail on our various sessions, please click here. Please visit the Camp Mokulē‘ia Web site for more information or to register. 

This annual retreat on the North Shore of O‘ahu brings three-dozen writers to Camp Mokulē‘ia for a week of intimate workshops and one-on-one coaching. The retreat is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays, and memoir. We foster an exchange in two directions—between islanders and mainlanders, published writers and budding writers, Native Hawaiian artistry and mainland publishing. Special evening programs offer a chance to learn about the essence of Hawai‘i from writers, chanters, musicians, and other cultural legends.


With the Waianae Mountains at our back and the open ocean at our front, we break bread with colleagues, gather in daily workshops, salute the morning sun in yoga, write privately in the shade of ironwood trees, and wander along the beach. The theme, nā wahi ho‘oulu, acknowledges that a sacred spot like this will inspire us to explore other places— whether in the heart, in memory, or in the moment.

The retreat is high-level and professional—but also low-key and tuned in to the beauty of the surroundings. Workshops foster creative exploration and include readings, exercises, and feedback. (Find a complete list of workshops here.) Open writing time allows writers to dive deeper into their pieces, and then polish them. One-on-one meetings provide personal guidance and top-flight editing. Special panels and discussions explore the ever-changing publishing world and ask editors and agents to discuss how to find new outlets for our work.


North Shore native Constance Hale, a journalist and the author of six books, curates the program. The daily workshops will be led by writers and editors who bring deep experience in many genres. Here's a taste:

To read the bios of these instructors and to view a complete list of workshops and evening programs, visit this page
Cost & Lodging
The retreat is open to serious writers of any experience level. The lodge rooms at the camp feature stunning views and are just steps from the beach. But the accommodations are simple. Lodge rooms have large picture windows, two twin beds, a bedside reading lamp, and a table with two chairs. Cabin rooms have bunk beds, a shared bathroom, and a shared living room with a kitchenette; there is a large common living room and a basic kitchen. All meals are served in the Camp’s main dining room, overlooking the sea.
Full packages
Programming, Meals, and Single Occupancy Lodging $1,275.00
Programming, Meals, and Double Occupancy Lodging $1,125.00
Programming, Meals, and Cabin Lodging $950.00
Meals and Double Occupancy for companions $500.00
Afternoon sessions only
Day rate for all meals and workshops $825.00
Afternoon workshops and lunch $350.00
Our evening programs, featuring slack-key musician Ian O'Sullivan and a film by Meleanna Aluli Meyer, are free and open to the public.

Please go to the Camp Web site to register, call (808) 637-6241 if you have any questions. We look forward to welcoming you to the Camp!

Other ways to participate

If you can't attend the retreat, but support our vision, please consider making a donation for scholarships to emerging island writers. No amount is too small! Seriously. Write a check made out to “Camp Mokulē‘ia” and send it to Writers Retreat Scholarship Fund, Camp Mokulē‘ia, 68-729 Farrington Hwy., Waialua HI 96791. Mahalo!