Q & A

The website says you are sold out, but I still want to come!  What can I do?

First of all, contact us, to see if there have been any last minute cancellations or if we have secured any off-site accommodations nearby for the retreat.  Otherwise, you might find something that suits your needs on Airbnb.  The last time I checked, there were a couple of options available within walking distance of the Inn. If you find housing “off campus” you can then register to attend the retreat as Kama’aina.  Please note, however, that this option is only available to non-residents of Hawai’i after we have filled all of the rooms at the Inn.

I am flying in from the West Coast, what airport should I fly in to and what time should I plan on arriving?

Kailua-Kona is the closest airport to Hawi.  From there you can rent a car.  Or depending on the time you arrive, we can coordinate a ride from the airport to Hawi.  Most flights from the West Coast arrive in the early afternoon.

However, if you are coming a few days early, consider flying in to Hilo and renting a car and exploring that side of the island.  From there It’s a beautiful drive over to Hawi (especially along the Hamakua Coast) and if you add a visit to Volcano National Park, you might get a chance to see the lava flowing.

In any case, you might want to avoid arriving in Kailua-Kona the day before the retreat, which is usually the day of the IronMan. The road that goes directly from the airport to Hawi is closed much of the day for the cycling event.

If you are flying in, consider using our affiliate link to Hawaiian Airlines.  This will not only get you an automatic 5% discount on their lowest published fare,  it helps build miles in the retreat’s mileage account so we can continue to transport artists to and from our retreats and festivals.

We will start checking folks in at around 4 pm on Sunday, October 15, in the lobby of the Kohala Village Inn.  The more official “opening ceremony” and formal introductions will occur after dinner, at 7:30pm, in The Barn.

Are there any activities planned for Saturday, October 21?

Since most folks are packing up and getting ready to leave on Saturday morning, we usually don’t have anything formal planned other than the usual good-byes, good wishes, and exchange of emails after breakfast.

This year is a little different, though, as we have agreed to participate in World Singing Day.  We will learn a couple of special songs (Hawai’i Aloha and Sing) that we will sing and record, probably in front of the statue of King Kamehameha in nearby Kapaau…..or in front of the Kohala Village Inn if there are time constraints.

What is the best way to get to and from the airport to Hawi?

Once we have a clear picture of how many people will be arriving and when, we will try to  arrange an airport shuttle for you.  We’ve also been successful in the past with arranging rides with other retreat attendees who are renting vehicles at the airport and arriving and/or departing at about the same time. We ask all riders to share in the cost of these options and pay their driver directly.  Unfortunately, we won’t know how much that will be until we get a little closer to the date.

My wife would like to join me, but she doesn’t play the ‘ukulele.  Will there be anything for her to do?

Oh, my goodness, yes.  Not only will we be offering some classes and opportunities for “companions” (beginning ‘ukulele and hula, for starters) but The Hub, which is an integral part of the Kohala Village Inn, has ongoing classes and activities appropriate to non-uke players, including art, yoga, meditation, dance fitness, lauhala weaving, hula, Hawaiian studies, etc.  Companions are also invited  to join us for all the special evening events and on all the fabulous field trips.  And we are just a very short walk into the lovely village of Hawi, with a number of dining and shopping opportunities.

I am interested in the ‘ukulele retreat, but am very much a beginner. Is the retreat suitable for someone with no musical education?

Absolutely.  We will have a specific “track” for beginners and since our workshop sizes are small, we can go at the pace the group needs to go.

Will you have rates for kama’aina?

Yes, our registration form has several options for kama’aina. You can register as a full participant which includes everything the other campers enjoy (including 3 fantastic meals a day) except for a place to sleep ($1,189).  Or you can register to come as a “day student” for five days (M-F) which includes lunch, but not breakfast, dinner or the other evening activities ($869.)

Kama’aina can also register in a workshop by workshop basis using the special registration form just for folks who can prove their residency (usually with a Hawai’i State Driver’s License) in the state .

Will the music be all Hawaiian?

We will be covering music of all genres and are excited to have Lady Ipo and Kaliko Beamer Trapp join us this year, along with Brad Bordessa, focusing on Hawaiian music, traditional, hapa haole, and contemporary. Gerald Ross will be teaching from his Swing/Jazz repertoire and Kevin Carroll will be bringing Blues & Soul, Celtic music, and a little Tchaikovsky!

How do I get on the mailing list for next year?

The best way to make sure you get the latest information about this retreat (including dates for next year), is to subscribe to this website.  (You will see the logo under the logo in the upper right.)

If you want to receive updates and announcements about other events we put on, i.e. the West Coast ‘Ukulele Retreat, Camp-Oo-Koo-Lay-Lay, New-Uke-Culinary Fiesta, Ukein’/Barge/& Bike, and a few more in the works, add yourself to our Ukulele Adventures Mailing List.

If you have any other questions or need clarification, please be sure to contact us.