Hawai’i Island ‘Ukulele Retreat! Register Now!

Hawai’i Island ‘Ukulele Retreat

October 20 – 26, 2014

Six days of ‘Ukulele Fun & Frolic, on the beautiful  island of Hawai’i!

Registration is Now Open!

Kalani Collage

bigisland_mapWith 120 acres set within a pristine, tropical, ohia forest and bordered by a dramatic coastline and stunning cliffs, Kalani Honua, on the southeast corner of  Hawai’i Island (where the lava meets the sea)  is probably one of the most beautiful places on Earth to celebrate the ‘ukulele and all that Hawai’i has to offer. Besides offering us a warm and enthusiastic welcome (as well as meal options for vegetarians and vegans), a variety of lodging choices to fit a wide range of whims and budgets, Kalani also offers a full schedule of classes and workshops in yoga, meditation, dance, and Hawaiian crafts to augment our ‘ukulele workshops, events, and field trips.

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Photo by Craig Chee 2This year we will be joined by Kona Bob, Jim Beloff, Andy Andrews, Brad Bordessa, Robyn Kneubuhl, and Dennis Lake, instructors with a proven track record for teaching and engaging their students, and for presenting material in a variety of musical genres. In addition to that, they are just, plain fun to be with! And let’s not forget our master sound technician and instructor par excellence, Dave Egan! And, as last year, there will be a few surprise guest artists. To make sure you (and they) get the most out of the experience, we will be keeping the student-to-instructor ratio right around 10 to 1. And, though there will be more of an emphasis on Hawaiian music and culture than at our other retreats, all musical genres will also be represented.

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There will be up to five workshop sessions each day and unique events each evening (including the not-to-be-missed trip to Uncle Robert’s Kava Bar in Kalapana), and our famous Student Cabaret and Battle of the Ukulele Bands on the last night. Excursions to the famous farmer’s market in Hilo, Hilo Guitar’s and ‘Ukuleles, the warm ponds at Ahalanui, and, of course, Kileauea Volcano are on the agenda, as is a field trip to Chuck Moore’s amazing ‘ukulele workshop and treehouse. And, new for this year, you will have an opportunity to build your very own cigar box ‘ukulele under the expert tutelage of Dennis Lake for an additional materials fee.

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Registration & Fees

cottage-hammockSince your registration includes meals and housing, the fees ares dependent upon the housing option you choose. You can share a room in one of the hales and pay only $1359 for everything including three fabulous meals a day and all your ‘ukulele instruction.  Or you can share a deluxe tropical cottage for $1,989.  We also have a few options in between….and you can even camp if you’d like!

Regardless, you should register as soon as possible to get the housing option you prefer and to be assured of getting in to the ‘ukulele building workshop.

Hawai’i Island ‘Ukulele Retreat Registration

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Click on the link above if you’re ready to join us! This will take you to our on-line registration form where you can select your housing option and pay for the retreat. If you are coming alone but would like to share a room as a double (or triple), we’ll try to find a roommate for you. If you are a couple, both coming to participate in ‘ukulele workshops, each of you should register separately as a “double.” If you are a couple, but one member is coming as a “companion,” (that is one of you doesn’t plan on taking part in any of the ‘ukulele workshops) then the participant should register as a double and their partner as a “companion.”


If you want to extend your stay at Kalani (by arriving a few days earlier and/or leaving a few days later) and take advantage of the special group prices, please let us know.  Please note that you can only take advantage of the group prices to extend your stay by staying in the same class of accommodations that you book for the retreat. Again, your chances of being able to accomplish this are greater the sooner you register.

Getting There

hawaiian-airlines-anniversary-adKalani Honua is much closer to Hilo than it is to Kailua-Kona, so, unless you are planning an extended stay, you should fly into Hilo. We will try to help everyone get from Hilo to Kalani by organizing carpools or hiring vans……though there may be an extra charge for this. If you should choose to fly in on Hawaiian Airlines (my personal favorite) you can use our affiliate link when booking your flight and get a 5% discount off their lowest published fare. You will also be helping the retreat accumulate miles in its Hawaiian Airlines mileage account (in addition to earning miles for your own account). The miles we accumulate in our mileage account are used to transport our instructors and artists who are flying from other islands.


It costs you nothing extra to go this route and benefits all of us! Win-win! Why is Hawaiian Airlines our airline of choice when flying to Hawaii’i? Convenience AND the Hawaiian experience that begins the minute you board the plane.

Given all that, I hope I have convinced you to join us on magical Hawai’i Island for an experience you won’t soon forget, wonderful workshops, excellent instructors, and more fun than you ever thought possible.  The only thing missing is you! Hope to see you there!

If you’d like to stay up-to-date on all the latest developments, please visit the Hawai’i Island Website and be sure to subscribe!

~ by UkuleleLady on July 19, 2014.

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