Mission and Vision
Camp Mokule`ia shall be a sacred place (wahi pana) for reflection, gathering and play that will inspire the mind, body, and spirit to continue God's (Ke Akua) good work. Camp Mokule`ia is a ministry of the Episcopal Church of Hawaii that proclaims through its programs and facilities the Good News of bountiful love (aloha) and harmony (lokahi) with all God's creation.
Camp Mokule`ia shall seek to further the mission of the Episcopal Church in Hawaii by welcoming individuals, families, groups, organizations and the communities to gather in a safe and hospitable environment by:
- Achieving financial and environmental sustainability.
- Promoting cultural harmony with its surrounding environment.
- Strengthening effective faith-based programs.
It is our goal that every guest have the opportunity to be transformed by the beauty, wonder and harmony of God's creation that is so abundantly evident at Camp Mokule`ia. We aim to do this by ensuring that our facilities are clean, comfortable and safe, that our practices are sustainable and reflect the very balance and harmony of the creation, that our programs are engaging and inspiring, and that our staff shares aloha and joy in their life and work.
What's New at Camp Mokule`ia
We look forward to sharing with you many of the following transitions that are in full swing at Camp Mokule`ia:
- New programatic offerings that integrate our unique Challenge Course, our cultural history, our shoreline environment, our growing gardens, and the teaching of deep collaborative and leadership skills for the 21st century.
- A focus on living gently and simply with the many projects that include waste and gray water catchment that nourish garden beds and fruit production, camp vehicles that run on used vegetable oil, extensive recycling, reducing and reusing efforts, energy conservation and efficiency and soon renewable energy.
- Embracing the wisdom and beauty of our Hawaiian cultural roots and traditions in our buildings, our programs and our interactions with one another.
Camp Mokule`ia was purchased by The Episcopal Church of Hawaii from the McInerny family in 1947. The original 2.5 acre site held buildings erected in the 1920s, of which the two-story studio and maintenance shop are the only remaining structures. This land, leased land to the west, and an additional donated 10 acres mauka comprise the 40 acres of pristine beauty that Is Camp Mokule`ia.
For the first 22 years the camp was used on an occasional basis for conferences and summer camp by the Episcopal Church. In 1969, the first year-round director was hired, leading to the development of the summer camping programs and ultimately programs for church and school retreats and conferences, as well as rental programs for adults and families, and Elderhostel programs for seniors. Our users represent a wide variety of people and groups from all walks of life, all of whom have found their lives enriched by their sojourns at Mokule`ia.
In 1984, a master plan and a major capital fund campaign were developed for the rebuilding of Camp Mokule`ia, resulting in the construction of the dining hall (1988) and the lodge (1989), extensive repairs on the cabins (1990-91) and the demolition of the older buildings (1990). A second round of improvements and refurbishments that began in 2005 has been completed with extensive renovations, the addition of a new comfort station for the camping field, and a rededicated chapel space.
Camp Mokule`ia has served many generations of islanders, as well as many from the U.S. mainland and around the world. For so many people it is truly "A Sacred Place for Rest, Recreation and Renewal."
See a movie on the creation of our Chapel's mural here.