Contemporary juror Shigeru Miyamoto
Traditional juror Marilyn Sochi Naka
Photo: Chris Edwards
Raku Ho`olaule`a is an annual community raku ceramics workshop, firing and camp out in a beach side setting at one of Oahu’s beautiful North Shore parks. Founded in 1977, it brings together ceramic artists to participate in raku and pit firing techniques.
The May weekend event is preceded by three April events: an Urasenke tea ceremony demonstration, a tea bowl workshop, and a Community Kiln Day, where members of the public can glaze their own tea bowls and watch them being fired.
Objects glazed and fired at the beach will be juried by experts in Contemporary and Traditional raku categories for an exhibition in September. Registrants who are organized in firing groups may camp overnight, making this event a rare opportunity to retreat with fellow artists and their families.
Hawai`i Craftsmen's membership includes a large number of ceramic and raku artists. The Raku Ho`olaule`a is a chance to mingle with fellow clay people for a weekend of sharing and collaboration in a relaxed, non-competitive beach setting. As many as 150 artists, including many from other countries such as Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and France, have participated in past Raku Ho`olaule`a activities.
Registration closes at 9am on Monday May 22nd
There is no Late Registration.
Contemporary Juror Shigeru Miyamoto
Shigeru Miyamoto will jury artworks in the contemporary raku category. Mr. Miyamoto is the head of Leeward Community College’s ceramics department and periodically gives workshops on wheel throwing, pit firing, and ceramic sculpture for schools and community art centers across the island. His work is in several collections including the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.
Traditional Juror Marilyn Sochi Naka
Marilyn Sochi Naka will jury artworks in the traditional raku category. Ms. Naka is a member of Chado Urasenke Tankokai Hawaii Association and the Urasenke Foundation of Hawaii. She has been a student of Chado for 19 years studying under Mrs. Hideko Shoshu Watanabe, last year’s Raku Ho`olaule`a traditional guest artist. Ms. Naka currently teaches Chado at Hongwanji Mission School and Seikoan Teahouse located at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii.
The Raku Tradition
The ideograph “raku” freely translated means enjoyment, contentment, pleasure and happiness. Originating in 16th century Japan, the first pieces of raku ware were tea bowls. Japanese raku potters worked exclusively to produce vessels for the tea ceremony, creating objects “according to the laws of nature”- Hence raku evolved as it did because of the tea masters’ preferences for natural things.
The Tea Ceremony
April 8th, Saturday, 10am -12pm
Each year Raku Ho’olaule’a is preceded with a traditional Japanese tea ceremony presented by the Urasenke School of Tea in the Jakuan Tea House of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, East-West Center Garden. This demonstration is open to all.
With a lineage going back 400 years, the Urasenke School of Tea was founded in Kyoto, Japan. Presently it is a worldwide organization dedicated to “Chado, The Way of Tea” and the four Zen principles of Wa, Kei, Sei, and Jaku - Harmony, Respect, Purity and Tranquility. The school provides jurors and guidance in the selection of objects for exhibition in the traditional category, as well as a tea ceremony demonstration , and we are grateful for their continuing participation.
The Tea Bowl Workshop
April 8th, Saturday, 12pm-5pm
Following the tea ceremony, Master potter Ed Higa leads a free, hands-on workshop where participants shape and carve their own tea bowls. The workshop starts with an introduction to tea ceremony implements and forms intended to explain work that will be eligible for the Traditional category in the exhibition.
The Community Kiln
April 22nd, Saturday, 9am-2pm
The public is invited to get “hands on” with raku! Individuals may purchase their own tea bowls, glaze them, and watch as Hawai`i Craftsmen volunteers fire their tea bowls. Unglazed tea bowls are available for $10 each, two for $15.
Honolulu Museum of Art School
The Main Event
Raku Ho‘olaule‘a is focused around three days of communing, glazing and firing artwork by the beach at Camp Mokule‘ia. The public is invited to visit and watch the firings all weekend. Jurying of artwork for the annual exhibition takes place at the beach on Monday morning prior to striking camp.
May 26th, Friday
12 noon - 6pm
May 27th, Saturday and May 28, Sunday
May 29th, Monday
Photo: Ronald Lee Wallenhorst
September 8 - October 7
Selected artwork from the campout will be on display at Gallery `Iolani. The Raku Exhibit will open with a reception and award ceremony.
Gallery `Iolani, Windward Community College
2017 Raku Exhibit Awards
$500 Ginny McGargahan Award of Excellence sponsored by the Timothy Y. C. Choy Fund
Contemporary and Traditional exhibit awards
1st place $300
2nd place $200
3rd place $100
Honorable Mention $50
Raku Ho‘olaule‘a 2017 Rules & Regulations
Registration and Group Participation
Raku Ho‘olaule‘a is open to the public, however, firing participants and all overnight campers and guests must pay the registration fee as individuals or as part of a group. If you wish to form a group (eight or more), you will need a group leader representative and provide your own equipment and supplies. If you would like to join an already formed group or will be coming from the outer islands; please contact HC at 808-521-3282 or firstname.lastname@example.org (note: an equipment rental fee of $75.00 may be required.)
• Only registered firing participants may fire and enter the juried competition.
• If a collaborative piece is to be considered for the Raku juried exhibit, everyone who participated in making it must have paid the Raku Ho‘olaule‘a entry fee.
• Hawai’i Craftsmen should receive 25% for all individual sales made at the beach.
There is a $20 per person fee for families and friends who are just camping. Camp Mokulē‘ia mandates a fee of $5 per person, per day for other non-registered visitors, payable at the front office upon arrival.
Everyone camping and visiting MUST register !
Assigned Camping Areas
Camping space will be available Friday May 26th at 11am through Monday May 29th morning at 9am. Set up may begin on Friday May 26th at 11am. Clean up will be on Monday May 29th from 11 - 12, and we must MOVE OUT BY 1:00 p.m. Each group will be assigned a camping area that is adjacent to their assigned firing area. Size and placement of areas is based on size of group. Every effort will be made to accommodate group requests. Please keep your group within your assigned area.
Each group will be assigned a firing area. Kilns and pit fire containers must be elevated above the surface to minimize scorching the ground. Reduction barrels/cans must be elevated or placed on kiln shelving/bricks. All reduction material must be disposed of in the dumpster.
This is a private facility and we must care to leave it clean to be invited back next year!
Refundable Security Deposit / Clean up
A $75 refundable deposit is required from each group to insure adequate beach and Campsite clean up.
Overnight parking will be available in designated parking areas only. Obtain car registration form from your group leader and display in window of each vehicle. Parking will be double and triple deep. Outside overflow parking is available on the highway adjacent the camp.
Loading and Unloading
NO vehicles will be allowed in the camping area. Unloading will be allowed from the parking lot and hopefully through a gate at the far end of the grounds. Look for signs; remember to bring carts and hand trucks for transporting gear. PLAN ACCORDINGLY!
Please read and follow the Camp Terms and Conditions
• Front Gate opens at 7:00 am, closes at 8:00 pm for Registered Participants.
• Day visitors must check-in at the front office between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, prior to entering site. There is a $5.00 fee for day visitors.
• No Alcoholic Beverages.
• No Smoking.
• No Loud Noise after 10:00 pm.
• No Pets Allowed (except for registered Service Animals).
• Do not build fires or cook on the grass.
• Keep fires away from trees and tents.
• No nails in trees.
• Dispose of wash (and glaze) water in sinks at rest rooms; do not dump in the sand or ocean.
• Take all trash and bulky trash items to the dumpster throughout the weekend.
• Please put your recyclables in the proper Camp Mokulē‘ia bins.
Items to bring
Items to bring include:
• Kiln and accessories, reduction materials, cans, tongs, gloves, protective clothing and covered shoes.
• Rope and three six-foot poles to secure tanks. DO NOT bury gas tanks. Enough rope to cordon off kiln/firing area.
• Raku glazes, tool kit, shovel, plastic garbage bags, a first-aid kit and sunscreen.
• Each group should bring a Group Name banner or sign.
• All groups firing more than one kiln at a time are required to bring a “Y” connector.
Registering for Raku Ho‘olaule‘a 2017 constitutes your agreement to abide by the following list of Terms and Conditions. Please keep for your reference.
CAMP MOKULEIA EPISCOPAL CAMP & CONFERENCE CENTER TERMS & CONDITIONS OF CONTRACT
This document is a contract between the Episcopal Camp & Conference Center at Mokule`ia & the Guest or Guest Representative undersigned. The terms and conditions of this document are binding on parties, their successors and assigns. No reservation is confirmed until this contract is signed by the Guest or Guest Representative and returned to the address specified or when a deposit is paid. Any outstanding balance due must be paid within 30 days of your scheduled reservation date.
Cancellation Policy: A processing fee of $100 will be deducted from any refund. If your group cancels less than 90 days prior to the start of the scheduled reservation date you or your group will be charged for the total fee of the reservation made. If your group cancels 91 to 180 days prior to the start of the scheduled reservation you or your group will be charged 50% of the total fee. A $50 fee will be charged for returned checks due to insufficient funds. Insurance: Camp Mokule`ia does not insure the safety of individuals/groups who stay at the Camp. Visiting groups must provide a Certificate of Insurance showing that the group has a minimum of $1,000,000 in Commercial Liability, listing Camp Mokule`ia, Inc. as additional insured. Insurance Certificate is due with the signed contract.
These Regulations & Policies are enforced for the safety & protection of our guests & staff to help ensure that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the Camp Mokule’ia experience.
THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING CAMP MOKULE`IA WE APPRECIATE YOUR BUSINESS. 8/2012
Exhibition Participation Requirements
Pre-made bisque pieces made and glazed by the entrant are eligible for entry. Pieces entered for jurying must be fired by the entrant at the Raku Ho‘olaule‘a 2017 site. Each registered participant must complete an entry form and may enter a total of four pieces, with one of the four entries being for the traditional tea ceremony category (i.e. tea bowl, waste water container, fresh water container, tea caddy, sweets dish, vase, etc.) We are honored to have a special guest juror to select work for this category. Contemporary works and the Keiki category will be selected by our Juror.
Jerome Heck at Raku 2010
Faye Maeshiro at Raku 2010
41st Anniversary Raku Ho'olaulea 2017 Photos
• The McInerny Foundation, the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and the Timothy Y.C. Choy Fund of the Hawai'i Community Foundation for their generous support.
• University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Art Department for generously providing tea bowl workshop and demonstration space.
• The Urasenke School of Tea for the Tea Ceremony Demonstrations.
• Ed Higa for organizing and teaching the tea bowl workshop.
• Honolulu Museum of Art School for hosting the Community Kiln.
• Makua Ali’i Senior Center Ceramics Studio for providing monthly meeting space.
• The many volunteers who have met throughout the year and worked to keep Raku Ho‘olaule‘a a successful annual event.