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Hawai'i Island 'Ukulele Retreat

From: Elaine d.
Sent on: Thursday, April 4, 2013 3:28 PM

I just wanted to let you all know about an 'ukulele retreat in Hawai'iOctober 21 - 26, 2013, that might be of special interest to you. There are a limited number of spaces available and I didn't want you to miss out. Here's the scoop:

Hawai'i Island 'Ukulele Retreat 
The West Coast 'Ukulele Retreat and Camp OoKooLayLay, all rolled into one. . . . .with a tropical twist!

Location: Kalani Honua Oceanside Retreat.  This has to be one of the loveliest facilities in all of Hawai'i.  It is situated on the southeast corner of Hawai'i Island (aka "the Big Island"), far from the maddening crowds, and the perfect location for any kind of retreat.

Staff: As always, we choose instructors with a proven track record for teaching, engaging their students, the ability to present material in a variety of musical genres, and their capacity for having fun! And, as we do at the West Coast 'Ukulele Retreat, we intend to keep the student-to-instructor ratio right around 10-to-1.  Here's who we have so far to instruct and inspire you: Sarah Maisel (in her Hawaiian debut), Peter d'AquinoBryan TolentinoAndy Andrews, and Dave Egan.  We will also be drawing from the significant pool of local Hawai'i Island talent, to offer guest workshops and local insights: Keoki KahumokuAlan HaleKona Bob, luthier Chuck Moore, Ka'ulani Trainor, and more.  

Retreat Format: There will be up to five workshop sessions each day and participatory events each evening. We will also be planning some special events and excursions to celebrate all that Hawai'i (and in particular Hawai'i Island) has to offer. Naturally, there will be more of an emphasis on Hawaiian music and culture than we have at the West Coast 'Ukulele Retreat and Camp OoKooLayLay, but please note that all other musical genres will be well-represented at the Hawai'i Island 'Ukulele Retreat

Cost: Fees are dependent upon the housing option you choose. You can pitch a tent and pay only $1048 for everything including three fabulous meals a day and all your 'ukulele instruction.  Or, you can share a deluxe tropical cottage for $1,710. And there's everything in between! But, you should register as soon as possible to get the housing option you prefer. (Please click here for more information.) 

Registration: You can download the registration form by clicking here. You are registering for everything (the retreat AND accommodations) at the same time. There are a limited number of rooms in each category, so the sooner you can return the form and your deposit, the better chance you have of getting your first choice in accommodations. 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, each of you should register as a double. If you are a couple, but one member is coming as a "companion," then the participant should register as a double and their partner as a companion.

Extending your stay: 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, you should include that information on the registration form.  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: The retreat center is closer to Hilo than it is to Kailua-Kona, but you might find it easier (and less expensive) to get a flight into Kailua-Kona. We will try to help everyone get from either airport to Kalani Honua by organizing carpools or hiring vans......there may be an extra charge for this. If you should choose to fly in on Hawaiian Airlines (my personal favorite) you should consider using our affiliate link when booking your flight. By using this link you will 1) receive an automatic 5% discount off the lowest published online fare 2) be able to acquire miles in your own frequent flier program and 3) add an equal number of miles to the 'Ukulele Festival's frequent flier program which helps us with travel expenses when we bring instructors to and from Hawai'i for our events. It costs you nothing extra to go this route and benefits all of us! Win-win! Why is Hawaiian Airlines my airline of choice when flying to Hawaii'i? Convenience AND the Hawaiian experience that begins the minute you board the plane. 

That's it for now.  If you have any questions, you might be able to find the answers on the website.  If not, let me know.

See you soon,


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