To keep costs low for practicing writers, we are actively looking for organizations or businesses that would like to be sponsors of the retreat. Please feel free to pass tips along to us.

How you can help

And, in order to provide scholarships to emerging artists, especially those writing about the Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, or island experience, we have started a scholarship fund. If you cannot attend the retreat, but support our vision, please consider making a donation. No amount is too small! Seriously. All donations are used to provide scholarships. 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.


Donors to scholarships in 2013 and 2014 included the Pu’uhonua Society, the Pacific Writers Connection, Rachel Funk Heller, Bridget Quinn, and Elissa Weinstein. Mahalo for your kōkua!

Two alumni have generously donated to the 2016 retreat: Carol Beddo has made a donation to the camp generally and Jan Zina has supported our Hawaiian culture programming. Mahalo nui!


Several local organizations have been strong supporters of our retreats:

Bamboo Ridge Press was founded in 1978 to publish literature by and about Hawai‘i’s people. It currently publishes two volumes a year: a literary journal of poetry and fiction featuring work by both emerging and established writers, and a book by a single author or an anthology focused on a special theme. While special attention is given to literature that reflects an island sensibility, Bamboo Ridge embraces a variety of work from writers across the nation. Work from Bamboo Ridge has been adapted for speech and storytelling performances, plays, and readings.

Native Books/Nā Mea Hawai‘i is a community resource focused on distributing the best nā mea Hawai‘i (things about Hawai‘i) in books, music, and locally made products. Our priority is presenting culturally sensitive and accurate information on Hawaiian history, language, hula, navigation, mo‘olelo (legends) and other areas of island interest. You can find Native Books/Nā Mea Hawai‘i in urban Honolulu at Ward Warehouse. (808) 596-8885.

The Pacific Writers’ Connection is a Hawai‘i based nonprofit that supports creative writing programs emphasizing nature, place, and the environment. In addition to engaging the literary, cultural, and arts communities in Hawai‘i and the Pacific — to ensure these voices are heard and their issues are raised — the organization also provides writing programs for children and young people, as well as public readings, literary lectures, cultural exchanges, book launches, and annual writing workshops for local Hawai‘i communities.

Home to Hawaiian Bath and Body, the North Shore Soap Factory is located at the historic Waialua Sugar Mill. All products are handmade with aloha and 100 percent natural ingredients; they are gentle on the skin and the environment. The ingredients—like local Waialua chocolate, honey, fruit, sea salts, and sugars — are of spa-level quality and they bring the bliss of a Hawaiian vacation with every use.

The Waialua Public Library opened in 1927 as the Waialua Community Station, located in the sugar plantation office. (In those days the State Library served rural areas by delivering books to “Stations” in homes, plantations, and schools.) By 1936, a Branch Library moved into the rear of the old post office. In 1951, ground was broken for the current building. In 1997, the American Library Association honored Waialua Public Library as the “Best Small Rural Library in the United States” and the Friends of Waialua Library was chosen as the “Best Small Library Friends Group in the United States.” In 2002, Librarian Tim Littlejohn was named “Hawaii State Public Librarian of the Year.” The library is located at 67-068 Kealohanui Street.

Mahalo nui loa iā ‘oukou!

Mokule`ia Writers Retreat, May 3–8, 2015