Raku Ho'olaule'a 2018 Prospectus


We hope you are having a productive summer and are busily making new work for the September Raku Ho`olaule`a ceramics festival at Camp Mokule`ia.  It won’t be long before the free public activities that precede the festival begin so please review all the details in the prospectus.  If you’ve previously taken part in the Raku Ho`olaule`a, you’ll see the festival has moved from Memorial day weekend to September when hopefully more students and others can join the fun.  We are super psyched that Scott Young will serve this year as the guest artist and juror at the festival.  Scott is a native of Hawaii and participated in several previous Raku Ho`olaule`a festivals — including the very first one back in 1977.  Scott will join us from his home in California where he has exhibited and taught ceramics for many years.  Welcome home Scott!  We are also pleased to announce that the $500 Ginny McGargahan Award of Excellence, sponsored by the Timothy Y. C. Choy Fund of Hawaii Community Foundation, will be once again be presented to a deserving artist for an artwork created at during the festival.  If you are interested in taking part but are not currently affiliated with one of the six participating groups of potters, please contact us by email phone so we can make that happen...the more the merrier!

Valerie Yokoyama and Terry Savage, Co-Chairs

2018 Raku Ho`olaule`a

Contemporary Raku Category Juror

Ceramic artist and educator Scott Young will jury artworks in the contemporary raku category.  

Traditional Raku Category Juror

A representative of the Urasenke Foundation will jury artworks in the traditional raku category.  

The Raku Ho'olaule'a annual community Raku ceramics workshop and camp out will be  preceded by a tea bowl workshop as well as a public slide lecture and wet clay demonstration by the contemporary raku category juror. The camp out will be followed by a juried exhibition (venue and dates to be announced).

Founded in 1977, Raku Ho`olaule`a brings together ceramic artists to participate in raku and pit firing techniques..

Objects glazed and fired at the beach will be juried by experts in Contemporary and Traditional raku categories for an subsequent exhibition.  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 many 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 including Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and France, have participated in previous Raku Ho`olaule`a activities.

Pricing & Registration



Scott is a ceramics artist/teacher who is known for his slab built Raku Boxes. He’ll use a paper box template that he designed and lay on a thin slab of clay to cut, fold, attach and construct together. He’ll invent parts for the handle(s) and feet from coil and/or slab pieces to complement his boxes. The boxes are inspired by the element of surprise when one opens a box and by an eclectic collection of Asian and Polynesian aesthetics.

In some of Scott’s career highlights, he’s a frequent invited or juried artist in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally, some of which has garnered purchase and honorable mention awards. From 1992 to 2011, he was a nineteen consecutive year ceramics exhibitor in the Festival of Arts Pageant of the Masters; Summer Juried Art Show in Laguna Beach, CA. In his first summer, a large Raku box was selected as one of the purchase award recipients for the Festival’s permanent art collection. He’s a frequent guest workshop artist. One of the most notable workshops was at the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, where he was invited in 2009, 2001 & 1999. He organized two fundraisers, one if which was the “Mashiko Earthquake Appeal Fundraiser” in 2011, which featured a four artist demo, a Rice/Tea Bowl Silent Auction, a Shimpo Potters Wheel Raffle and a Kazegama Firing. The donations raised benefited the Mashiko ceramics community which suffered earthquake damages in Japan. Both fundraisers were held at Aardvark Clay and Supplies, Santa Ana, CA. He also was the curator of two Saddleback College ceramic invitational exhibitions, the most recent was titled “Clay Today: A Re-Visit”, a fourteen ceramic artist invitational in 2011.

Scott is a native of Honolulu, HI and started his ceramics education in 1974 at Leeward Community College in Pearl City, HI. He transferred to California State University at Fullerton, Fullerton, CA in 1978 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1981 and a Master of Arts degree in 1986, both with the emphasis in ceramics.

Back in 1986 to 2016, he was fortunate to be hired as an adjunct ceramics instructor to teach beginning hand building and wheel throwing courses at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA. Through his teaching experience he has also taught intermediate and advance ceramic levels. In 1988, he was hired and continues teaching ceramics for the Emeritus Institute, which is a division of Saddleback College’s Community Education, Emeritus Institute and K-12 Partnerships. Scott has also taught as an adjunct ceramics instructor at Soka University of America in Aliso Niguel, CA and other community colleges in the Orange and San Diego Counties in Southern California.

Scott currently resides in San Juan Capistrano, CA. with his 4 year old pet rabbit Maka.

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”- and raku evolved as it did because of the tea masters’ preferences for natural things.

The Japanese Tea Ceremony

August 25, Saturday, 10am -12pm
Tea Ceremony Demonstration 

Please help us prepare and accommodate all attendees at this venue by registering below.

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

August 25, Saturday, 12pm-5pm
Tea Bowl Workshop

Please help us prepare and accommodate all attendees at this venue by registering below.

Free Registration Here

Following the Japanese tea ceremony demonstration, Master potter Ed Higa will lead a free, hands-on workshop where participants shape and carve their own tea bowls. The workshop will begin 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

Scott Young Slide Lecture

September 18, Tuesday, 6pm-7:30pm
Slide Lecture

Please help us prepare and accommodate all attendees at this venue by registering below.

Free Registration Here


Windward Community College
Hale Pālanakila Ceramics Studio
Room 227
45-720 Keaahala Rd
Kaneohe, HI 96744

Free parking is available in the lot across from Hale Pālanakila, road-side parking along Ala Koolau Street, and other parking lots on campus a short walk from Hale Pālanakila.

Scott Young Wet Clay Demonstration

September 19, Wedensday, 6pm-8pm
Wet Clay Demonstration

Note: Participants are invited to copy the artist’s paper templates and should bring pencils/pens, poster board and scissors.

Please help us prepare and accommodate all attendees at this venue by registering below.

Free Registration Here


Windward Community College
Hale Pālanakila Ceramics Studio
Room 216
45-720 Keaahala Rd
Kaneohe, HI 96744

Free parking is available in the lot across from Hale Pālanakila, road-side parking along Ala Koolau Street, and other parking lots on campus a short walk from Hale Pālanakila.

Raku Ho'olaulea 2018 Photos

23 photo(s) Updated on: 25 Sep 2018

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


September 21, Friday

12 noon - 6pm
Set up equipment and Campsites.

Highway gate locked.

September 22, Saturday and September 23, 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 ! 

September 24, Monday

All firing ends.

Receive entries for jurying 

Jurying of entries 
Lodge check out by noon

Jurors statement, awards and photos



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

The Exhibition

October 21 - November 14

Selected work from the campout will be on display at Jeff Chang Pottery and Fine Crafts at Windward Mall. The Raku Exhibit opening reception and award ceremony dates will be announced shortly.


Jeff Chang Pottery and Fine Crafts
46-056 Kamehameha Hwy # E2
Kaneohe, HI 96744

2018 Raku Exhibit Awards

$500 Ginny McGargahan Award of Excellence sponsored by the Timothy Y. C. Choy Fund

Contemporary and Traditional exhibit awards 

1st place - certificate

2nd place - certificate

3rd place - certificate

Honorable Mention - certificate

Raku Ho‘olaule‘a 2018 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 will 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 September 21 at 11am through Monday September 24 morning at 9am. Set up may begin on Friday at 11am. Clean up will be on Monday 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


• 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. Bring 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 2018 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 and the Guest or Guest Representative undersigned. The terms and conditions of this document are binding on parties, their successors. 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 fee of $100 will be deducted from all refunds. If your group cancels less than 90 days prior to the reservation date, you or your group will be charged 100% of the reservation. If your group cancels 91 to 180 days prior to the reservation date, you or your group will be charged 50% of the reservation. A $100 fee will be charged for returned checks due to insufficient funds. 

Insurance: Guests/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 prior to the check in date. 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 for tent campers is 12 noon and for all other guests 4 PM. Check out time is 12 noon. 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 an adult (age 21). 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 registered lodge guests, only. Tent campers and cabin guests are restricted from accessing the lodge. 

4. You & your group assume all risk associated with your stay at Camp Mokule’ia, except if such damages or claims are caused by the gross negligence or willful misconduct of the Camp or its staff. 

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. Speed Limit is 5 M.P.H. must be followed. 

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 or bulletin boards in our facilities, 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. Parking for Tent Campers is located by the tent field. The front parking lot is designated for lodge and cabins guests. Additional parking for over flow and day guests is allowed across the street outside the camp, when Camp has a Special Use Permit. Notice will be posted of office window. HPD will issue parking tickets when parked outside the gate, when camp does not have a Special Use Permit. 

9. Burning of mosquito coils etc.is permissible outdoors away from any structures. Please do not use in any of the facilities. 

10. Ground fires on the beach and campgrounds are prohibited per the Fire Marshall & DLNR. Tent Campers – Please do not dump coals on the ground. Please use designated fire barrels at Site#3 and Site #5. Cabins fire barrels are located behind Cabins A “Pueo” and D “Ulu”. 

11. Gambling of any kind, possession and use of alcohol, use of tobacco products, e-cigs, 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 and may be asked to leave immediately, without a refund. Smoking is prohibited on Camp property or public beach. Please smoke outside the camp and across the street. 

12. Cabin furnishings, including bunk bed mattresses, may not be removed or moved outdoors. Extra fees will be incurred. 

13. Cooking is prohibited in the cabins, lodge, or on the lanai. Group who order meals from Camp, and arrive 30 minutes later than scheduled time, will incur a fee of $25 per hour to keep camp staff overtime. Kitchen will close 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. 

14. Please do not use: thumb tacks, nail, staples or tape on wall or doors of - Dining Hall, Chapel, Lanai, Lodge, Cabins. You can use sticky putty. Please do not post anything on the mural in the chapel. 

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

16. Climbing or jumping off the sea walls or boat ramps is prohibited. Use of the swimming pool is prohibited unless your group has scheduled use through the Camp Office: Camp will schedule an 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. Camp recommends using an Ocean Certified Lifeguard. Renting and using Camp Mokuleia kayaks will require a Camp Approved Lifeguard (see office to schedule in advance). 

17. 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. 

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

19. Check out time is 12:00 pm. Before your group checks out please sweep your cabins, and place all trash in the appropriate receptacles. Groups are responsible to take away all large broken items (tents, grill, chairs, etc) to avoid extra fees. If linens are rented, please follow procedures given at check in. Please do not remove linens from beds in the lodge. Any missing linens will result in fees. 

20. 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. 

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

22. 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. 

23. If your group in interested in participating in a drawing for a camp T-shirt or Cap, please see the office. 

Exhibition Participation Requirements

Pre-fired 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 2018 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.).


• 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 Japanese Tea Ceremony Demonstrations and for providing a juror for the traditional raku category.

• Master Potter Ed Higa for teaching the tea bowl workshop.

• The many volunteers who meet throughout the year to make Raku Ho‘olaule‘a a successful annual event. 


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