Raku Ho'olaule'a 2017

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

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.

41st Anniversary Raku Ho'olaulea 2017 Photos

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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
Tea Ceremony Demonstration 

Free Registration Here

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. 


East-West Center Garden Jakuan Tea House
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96848

The Tea Bowl Workshop

April 8th, Saturday, 12pm-5pm
Tea Bowl Workshop

Free Registration Here

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. 


Art Department Ceramics Lab
2535 McCarthy Mall
Honolulu, HI 96822

The Community Kiln

April 22nd, Saturday, 9am-2pm

Free Registration Here

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
1111 Victoria Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814

Raku T-shirts

Deadline for ordering shirts has been extended to May 13th !

Order online here

or Download the Form and send it in.

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. 

Photo: Ronald Lee Wallenhorst


May 26th, Friday

12 noon - 6pm
Set up equipment and Campsites.

Highway gate locked.

May 27th, Saturday and May 28, Sunday

Highway gate opens. 
Admission for day visitors & general public is $5.00 payable at the camp office.
No vehicles allowed to move equipment or supplies within campgrounds.

Closed at 8pm

12 Midnight
Pot drop ! 

May 29th, Monday

All firing ends.

Receive entries for jurying 

Jurying of entries 
Lodge checked out by noon

Jurors statement, awards and photos



Camp Mokule`ia
68-729 Farrington Highway
Waialua, Hawaii 96791

Photo: Ronald Lee Wallenhorst

The Exhibition

September 8 - October 7
Opening reception September 8th, 4-7 pm

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
45-720 Kea`ahala Road
Kane`ohe, Hawaii 96744 

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 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 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.

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 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!

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.

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.


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 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.


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


• 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 Mnoa 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. 


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