Uke Ohana

Pu’u O Hoku Ranch & Halawa Valley, Molokai, Hawaii

INFORMATION

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WHAT KIND OF ISLAND IS MOLOKAI?

Come experience Molokai, the “most Hawaiian island”. Named because of its rich cultural heritage that is carried on today with honor and purpose  creating a sustainable  future for the island.  Its population of predominately Hawaiian descent allows you to genuinely experience  the roots of Hawaiian music and lifestyle. Molokai is also known as a place of powerful prayer,  It has a long history of teaching and healing, and is the sacred birthplace of hula.

Molokai is a place where past and present mingle. It is the least developed of the major Hawaiian islands. There are no stop lights nor buildings taller than a palm tree. The island is 38 miles long and 10 miles wide, with a shallow reef on the south side that provided  historic aqua culture  and valleys flowing from its 3 volcanos, for Taro farming.

The workshop will be located on the  lush and tropical East end of the island. There you will relax, moving at a slower pace, living  an intimate life filled with music, stories, dance and local foods honoring the traditions of Hawaii.

During this time together we will  feel the embrace of the land and the stories it tells through its music, dance & local food…And when the day’s activities are nearly done, enjoy ukulele music under the night stars with neighbors and new friends.

For an in-depth guide to the island: www.visitmolokai.com

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WHERE ARE WE GOING TO STAY?

Pu’u O Hoku (Hill Of Stars) Ranch is a beautiful tropical  facility on the eastern tip of Molokai, surrounded by 14,000 acres of pristine conservation land. Pu’u O Hoku’s old-style Hawaiian Lodge and cottages sit atop hills gently rising from the sea, surrounded by gardens and spectacular ocean views.  Pu’u O Hoku is a working organic ranch, HOFA certified for beef, vegetables, fruit and awa. Caring for the land is at the heart of our operations, as we believe that through nourishing the land we ultimately nourish all life and the Spirit.

Miles of safe hiking trails are available throughout the ranch and delightful white sand beaches are a close drive away. The old style Hawaiian Lodge and buildings, under consideration for the National Historic register, were constructed in the 1930′s for then owner Paul Fagan, found of the Hana Ranch and Hotel on Maui. Carefully maintained and preserved, the Lodge, its swimming pool and adjacent cottages provide a unique retreat experience of Hawaii of old.

There is a panorama of views from Pu u O Hoku’s Lodge, with the ocean to the North and East and the island of Maui in the distance. The lodge includes a spacious main hall and meeting room with a large stone fireplace surrounded by relaxed seating and a library.

Oversized French doors open along this meeting room to a beautiful covered lanai offering views of the ocean and comfortable seating and dining.

The Lodge itself has 11 bedrooms with a minimum sleeping capacity of 22. Within walking distance are 2 cottages in the same Hawaiian style, the Sunrise Cottage and the Grove House.

The workshop is limited to 30 participants.  The lodging price is based on double occupancy. Please let us know about any room-mate requests! Melany, the event coordinator will contact you upon registration to help arrange appropriate lodging to meet your personal needs.

Single occupancy is available for an additional $400.

EXTEND YOUR STAY !  There are so many wonderful landscapes and activites on Molokai to experience. Especially Tuesday night with Lonomusic at Paddlers Inn. Join the final group celebration of Uke Ohana 2014!                                                                                 If you would like to continue your stay at Pu’u O Hoku Ranch and explore Molokai after the workshop Melany can help make those arrangements for you. The cost for an additional day at the Ranch is $205. per person. Additional Molokai tours upon request.                                                                                                                                                         Relax and Savor your moments on Molokai!

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WHAT ARE WE GOING TO EAT? 

Pu’u O Hoku is an active organic farm raising cattle, vegetable, fruit and Kava. Much of our menu will be created from the seasonal produce on the ranch. Additional foods will come from Halawa Valley, neighboring farms and island waters.

Melany Berry, a trained chef, is delighted to work closely with the ranch kitchen to bring you fresh, healthy and delicious meals from the land you are walking upon.  She brings a passion for connecting people with local foods and a commitment to seasonal and sustainable agriculture.  Please contact her with any dietary requests.

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HOW DO WE GET THERE?

   All major airlines fly to Oahu or Maui. There you will connect with an inter-island flight to Molokai. (www.flightstats.com- Molokai Airport is MKK) Please plan on arriving by 3:00 PM on Friday May 23th, 2014. Please contact Melany with your travel plans. She will help coordinate our van transportation to and from Pu’u O Hoku Ranch. (Note: The ranch is a 45 minute drive from the airport and nearest main town.) Rental cars are available on the island if you wish to travel seperately from the group or plan on staying longer on the Island.

 

   For answers to any questions you might have and additional information on the event, its workshops or the site and accomodations-meals, please write Melany Berry/ Event coordinator at melany@fullheartproductions.com