40th Anniversary Raku Ho'olaulea 2016 Photos

7 photo(s) Updated on: 07 Jun 2016
  • Jackie Mild-Lau

Raku Ho'olaule'a 2016

Raku Ho‘olaule‘a is an annual community Raku ceramics workshop, firing and campout in a beautiful beach side setting at Camp Mokule‘ia, followed by an exhibit.

Contemporary guest artist/juror Ken Kang
Traditional juror Hideko Watanabe

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 beach parks. It brings together ceramic artists to participate in raku and pit firing techniques.

The weekend event is preceded by an Urasenke tea bowl demonstration and workshop, a slide lecture and wet clay demonstration by a guest artist, usually a nationally known ceramist brought to Hawai‘i for the event. Objects glazed and fired at the beach are eligible for the exhibition, juried by the guest artist, at The ARTS at Marks Garage. Opening Reception for this Exhibition includes a Tea Ceremony demonstration and Silent Auction.

Registrants organize in firing groups who can camp overnight, making this event a rare opportunity to retreat with fellow artists and their families.

On Community Kiln Day, the public can glaze a tea bowl and watch a Hawai`i Craftsmen volunteer fire it. 

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 raku 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 (Japan, Australia, New Zealand, France), have taken this opportunity to be with a well-known master who will teaches and demonstrates.

The worldwide Urasenke Foundation, founded in Kyoto, Japan in 1949, is dedicated to Chado, the Way of the Tea and the four Zen principles of Wa, Kei, Sei and Jaku - Harmony, Respect, Purity and Tranquility.

Membership and program fees support Hawai’i Craftsmen. This event is partially funded by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts , the McInerny Foundation. Workshop space is made available through the generosity of the University of Hawai‘i Manoa and the East West Center.



Ken Kang

Ken Kang's passion for clay started 41 years ago when he took his first ceramics class at the Academy of Arts, now known as the Honolulu Museum of Art, under the well-known Hawaii potter, May Chee. Making a new piece of pottery and experiencing all the steps and failures until the final firing can be challenging, but the successes are extremely satisfying.

Throughout his ceramic career Ken has specialized in raku, Japanese ceramic tea implements, and building customized raku equipment. Besides selling in several galleries, he has conducted many ceramic workshops, participated in the Artist in the Schools program, and won several awards in a variety of art shows.

Ken is also known for his exquisite lacquer-style covers and pedestals complimenting his vessels, created by using the skills acquired in a 40-year profession as an auto painter. He has found that combining his love for Japanese culture and woodcrafting with his passion for ceramics is very fulfilling. The feel and smell of clay always excites him and, whether making something on the wheel or handbuilding, he creates a piece to first please himself, then, hopefully, it will please others as well.

Hideko Watanabe

Hideko Watanabe was just awarded the highest teacher ranking by Urasenke in Kyoto.
Very few get this award, let alone someone outside of Japan. We are honored to have Hideko as our Traditional Juror.

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 30th, Saturday
Tea Ceremony Demonstration (10am-12pm)
UH-Manoa East-West Center Garden Tea House
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96848

Each year Raku Ho’olaule’a is inaugurated with a traditional Japanese tea ceremony presented by the Urasenke Foundation in the Tea House of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, East-West Center Garden. This demonstration is open to all.

With a linage going back 400 years, The Urasenke Foundation was founded in Kyoto, Japan in 1949. 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 foundation provides jurors and guidance in the selection of objects for exhibition in the traditional category, as well as participatory tea ceremony demonstrations at our Workshop and exhibition openings, and we are grateful for their continuing participation. 

The Tea Bowl Workshop

April 30th, Saturday
Tea Bowl Workshop (12pm-5pm)
UH-Manoa Art Department Ceramics Lab

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. 

Deadline for ordering T-shirts

May 13th, Friday

The Guest Artist

May 16th, Monday
Potluck 5:30
Guest Artistʻs Wet Clay Demo (6:30pm-8pm)
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Art Department Ceramics Lab
2535 McCarthy Mall, Honolulu, HI 96822

May 24th, Tuesday
Guest Artist Reception & Slide Lecture (5:30pm-7:30pm)
The ARTS at Marks Garage
1159 Nuuanu Ave.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 

Hawai‘i Craftsmen has invited Ken Kang to serve as our guest artist/contemporary juror. In addition to jurying artwork submitted for exhibition in the Contemporary Raku and Keiki categories, Ken Kang will be sharing his construction techniques of traditional vessels in a Wet Clay Demonstration at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Art Department Ceramics Lab. There will also be a Slide Lecture at the Arts at Marks Garage. 

Deadline for RAKU 2016 Registration

May 25th, Wednesday at 5pm

The Main Event

May 27th, Friday
Camp Mokuleia
68-729 Farrington Highway
Waialua, Hawaii 96791

Set up equipment and Campsites (12noon-6pm)
Vehicles not allowed on grass !
Highway gate locked at 8pm

May 28th, Saturday

Highway gate opens at 7am, Closed at 8pm
Admission for day visitors & general public is $5.00 payable at the camp office.
No vehicles allowed to move equipment or supplies within campgrounds.
Pot drop at Midnight !

May 29th, Sunday

Community Kiln (12noon-4pm)
Highway gate opens at 7am, Closed at 8pm
Entrance is FREE to the public from 12 Noon-4pm
Purchase unglazed Teabowls for $8 each, two for $15 and three for $20 to be fired during the Community Kiln

May 30th, Monday

Receive entries for Jurying (8:30am-10am)
Jurying of entries (10am-Noon)
Jurors Statement, Awards and Photos 12:15pm

Raku Ho‘olaule‘a is focused around three days of communing, glazing and firing artwork by the beach at Camp Mokulē‘ia. The public is invited to visit and watch the firings all weekend, and with free admittance from Hawaii craftsmen may participate in the Community Kiln on Sunday. Jurying of artwork for the annual exhibition takes place at the beach on Monday morning prior to striking camp. 

The Community Kiln

May 29th, Sunday

Camp Mokuleia
68-729 Farrington Highway
Waialua, Hawaii 96791

Community Kiln (12noon-4pm)
Highway gate opens at 7am, Closed at 8pm
Entrance is FREE to the public from 12 Noon-4pm
Purchase unglazed Teabowls for $8 each, two for $15 and three for $20 to be fired during the Community Kiln

The public gets to have a turn… Visitors are invited to come out to Mokulē’ia and participate with the artists! Individuals may purchase and glaze a member-created and donated tea bowl, then watch while Hawai‘i Craftsmen members fire it right on the spot! Pre-fired bowls will also be available for purchase this year both at camp and at the exhibition. 

The Exhibition

June 7th - July 2nd
Opening reception June 9th
Awards ceremony and Tea Ceremony Demonstration
First Friday at the ARTS at Marks Garage July 1st 5-10pm
Live wet clay demo and Raku sales 

The ARTS at Marks Garage
1159 Nuuanu Ave.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 

Selected work from the campout will be on display at The Arts at Marks.  The Raku Exhibit opening reception and award ceremony will be a potluck dinner with Japanese Tea Ceremony demonstrations by the Urasenki Foundation.  A Silent Auction runs the duration of the exhibition; Tea Bowls and Sake Cups will also be available for purchase.

2016 Raku Exhibit Awards

New award available for our 40th Anniversary!

$1100 Jeff Chang Award of Excellence sponsored by Friends of Jeff Chang

$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

Plus a notable achievement award for Keiki entries. 

Raku Ho‘olaule‘a 2016 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 info@hawaiicraftsmen.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 Mokul‘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 27th at 11am through Monday May 30th morning at 9am. Set up may begin on Friday May 27th at 11am. Clean up will be on Monday May 30th 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.

Campsite Firing

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 take care to leave it clean to be invited back next year!

Refundable Security Deposit/Clean Up

We are all responsible for the complete clean up of the campgrounds! 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!

Camping Rules

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.


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.

  1. All guests (or the official representative of a group) must check in with the office upon arrival. Check in time is 4:00 pm. For All Accommodation’s, however Tent Camping check in is at 12:00pm. Please check in at the office for all reservations. All guests are required to go through a Safety Orientation at check in.

  2. Every group must be accompanied and supervised by adults. Please see the required guidelines for number of adults per child ratios on Page 1 of the Rules, Regulations and Information Safety Guideline Packet. Groups are required to: bring their own First Aid Kits, and provide adults who are currently certified in First Aid and CPR trained and are responsible for the health and emergency care of the group.

  3. Access to the lodge is limited to guests sleeping and registered as a lodge guest. Tent camping & Cabin guests are restricted from accessing the lodge or cabins.

  4. You & your group assume all risk associated with your stay at Camp Mokule’ia. The Camp or its staff will not be liable for any claims or damages to persons or property arising from, or connected in any way with, the use of the Camp, its facilities or equipment by you and/or any member of your group. Speed Limit is 5 M.P.H. must be followed.

  5. Your group is responsible for Emergency Transportation and for supervising your group at all times. Camp Mokule`ia does not provide medical care or emergency transportation services to guests or visitors.

  6. You agree to be considerate of other guests. Quiet hours are 10pm to 7am. Please bring conflicts or concerns promptly to the camp staff & the problem will be addressed. See Camp office door for Emergency cell & staff contact information.

  7. If you have additional day-visitors guests please let office know as there is a fee of $5 per day guest visitor.

  8. Tent Campers & Guest Parking is located by the tent field. Parking in the front parking lot is for lodge and cabins guests only.

    Additional parking for day guests is Camp parking lot (Mauka side) located just before the airfield. Ground fires on the beach and campgrounds are prohibited per the Fire Marshall & DLNR. Tent Campers Do not dump coals in the ground, please use designated fire barrels at Site#3 and Site #5.

  9. Gambling of any kind, and possession of alcohol, use of tobacco products, firearms, fireworks (including red flares) or illegal drugs, is prohibited on Camp Mokule’ia property. Camp will exercise the right to search & seize if we suspect any of these.

  10. Cabin furnishings, including bunk bed mattresses, may not be removed or moved outdoors. Fees will be incurred.

  11. Cooking is prohibited in the cabins, in the lodge, or on the lanais. If ordering meals from Camp a Late Meal Fee of $25 per hour will be added for groups/guests delaying meal time more than 15 minutes after scheduled meal time. Kitchen closed one hour after meal start time. Only meals prepared by the Camp may be eaten in the dining hall. Meals may not be eaten in the chapel. Thumb tacks, nail or staples s are not to be used on the Dining Hall, Chapel, Lanai or lodge walls.

  12. Lodge and Cabin guests must dispose of hot charcoals into the designated bin behind Cabins E & F.

  13. Smoking is prohibited on all Camp property. Burning of mosquito coils etc.is permissible outdoors away from any structures.

  14. Pets or other animals not allowed on Camp. If required for medical reasons, please submit medical certificate before check in.

  15. Climbing or jumping off the sea walls or boat ramps are prohibited. Use of the swimming pool is prohibited unless your group has scheduled use through the Camp Office: who will hire a Camp approved, certified and currently licensed lifeguard. Ropes course are off limits for your safety unless your group has hired the Camp for Programs. Closed toed shoes are required on the basketball court. Swimming in the ocean is at your own risk as it a public beach. Camp Mokuleia is not responsible for groups using the ocean, for swimming, kayaking, canoes, or with other floatation devices without a Camp approved, Lifeguard. Renting and using Camp Mokuleia kayaks require hiring a Camp Approved Lifeguard.

  16. For the safety of our guests swimming in the bay area - Fishing is allowed only from the exposed reef & toward the tent field. The bay area is reserved for swimming.

  17. Violation of camp rules may lead to termination of your stay without a refund.

  18. Check out time is 12:00 pm. Before your group checks out please sweep your cabins, and place all trash in the appropriate receptacles. If linens are rented, please follow procedures given at check in. Please do not remove linens from beds. Any missing linens will result in fees.

  19. Please return all keys to the Camp office at check out. You may drop the keys in the drop box on the office door. There will be a $25 fee for each key not returned to the Camp office at time of check out.

  20. There will be a $50 per hour fee for excessive cleaning required to remove smoke odors or where excessive cleaning is required.

  21. You agree to pay the full cost to replace or repair any facility, equipment or furnishing damaged by you or any member of your group not due to normal wear and tear.


NOTE: Your Signature on the Raku Ho’olaule’a 2015 Registration Form constitutes your agreement to abide by this list of Terms and Conditions. Please keep for your reference. 

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.

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 2015 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 special guest juror Hideo Watanabe, to select work for this category. Contemporary works and the Keiki category will be selected by our Guest Artist, Ken Kang.

Media Coverage

Island Images, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, May 2012

Raku Ho'olaule'a 4-Eva!, Hawaii Public Radio, May 2012

Raku Ho'olaule'a 2011, HI Art Magazine, May 2011

From the Fire, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, October 2005

Raku Artists Probe Creativity in Clay, Honolulu Advertiser, September 2004

All participants, campers, AND guests, must pay certain fees. See Registration Form for specifics.

Adherence to Camp Rules is mandatory ...please read and follow  Camp Mokul‘ia Terms provide below

The Community Kiln will be integrated into our group campsites in an ‘Open House’ style. Each group is asked to offer glazing and/or firing at their site for visiting public.
T-Shirts must be pre-ordered and paid for prior to printing (order forms available at hawaiicraftsmen.org/raku). 


• University of Hawai‘i at Mnoa Art Department for generously providing tea bowl workshop and demonstration space.

• The Urasenke Foundation for the Tea Ceremony Demonstrations.

• Ed Higa for organizing and teaching the tea bowl workshop.

• The partners at The ARTS at Marks for hosting the Raku Ho‘olaule‘a Exhibition, the guest artist lecture, and other events.

 • The McInerny Foundation, the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Ceramics Hawai‘i, and the Timothy Y.C. Choy Fund of the Hawai'i Community Foundation for their generous support.

• 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. 

Jerome Heck at Raku 2010

Faye Maeshiro at Raku 2010


HAWAI‘I CRAFTSMEN 1110 NUUANU AVE, HONOLULU, HI 96817info@hawaiicraftsmen.org • 808-521-3282

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