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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 juror Shigeru Miyamoto
Traditional juror Marilyn Tamoe Naka


The T-shirt deadline has been extended to May 13.
Last day to register for the event is May 22nd at 9am.

The Tea Ceremony:

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. 

April 8th, Saturday, 10am -12pm

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

The Tea Bowl Workshop:

April 8th, Saturday, 12pm-5pm

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 9682

The Community Kiln:

The public is invited to purchase and glaze Raku tea bowls, and watch as Hawaii Craftsmen members fire them right on the spot!

Saturday April 22 
10am-12 Noon

Honolulu Museum of Art School
1111 Victoria St
Honolulu, HI 96814

2008 Raku Ho‘olaule‘a

The Main Event:

The 41st annual community Raku ceramics festival and campout will be held in a beautiful beach setting at Camp Mokuleia on Oahu’s north shore.

Noon on Friday May 26 to noon on Monday May 29  

Camp Mokuleia
68-729 Farrington Hwy,
Waialua, Hawaii 96791

2016 Raku Ho‘olaule‘a

The Exhibition:

Selected works from the campout in traditional and contemporary Raku categories will be on display at Gallery `Iolani, Windward Community College.  Distinguished artist and educator Shigeru Miyamoto will serve as the contemporary Raku juror. 

Friday September 8 to Sunday October 8 

Gallery 'Iolani
45-720 Kea'ahala Rd.
Kaneohe, HI 96744

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Hawaiʻi Craftsmen to Receive $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Honolulu—National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding an anouncement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is a Challenge America grant of $10,000 to Hawaiʻi Craftsmen to support an artist residency by the internationally acclaimed artist, Magdalene Odundo. The Challenge America category supports primarily small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.

“The arts are for all of us, and by supporting organizations such as Hawaiʻi Craftsmen, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Whether in a theater, a town square, a museum, or a hospital, the arts are everywhere and make our lives richer.”

Hawaiʻi Craftsmen Acting President, Dr. Barbara Thompson, notes that “the NEA’s recommendation of a Challenge America grant, matched by a Laila Twigg-Smith Art Fund Artist in Residence grant received earlier this year, will allow us to introduce a new workshop format to our member artists and community. Working within an intensive and immersive workshop setting, Ms. Odundo will lead artist participants in developing new discourses and innovative thinking around their own art practices as well as around contemporary fine crafts more broadly speaking.” The residency is scheduled for the summer of 2017. Details will be announced early in the spring of 2017.

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news


Victor Kobayashi Annual Exhibit 1980

Dear Members, Patrons and Friends,

Founded in 1966, Hawaii Craftsmen now celebrates 50 years of serving as an integral part of the fine craft community, of promoting fine crafts throughout the state, and of supporting its member artist community. For 50 years, we have relied on the generosity of active members and supporters like you, who have helped us accomplish our mission of educating, innovating, and creating in fine craft arts. Our anniversary thus invites us to celebrate our accomplishments and to look forward to another 50 years of success. 

As a volunteer organization without an endowment, we have experienced challenging financial times over the past decade. Through the hard work of our board of directors and your generosity, we have regained strength and are now working hard to maintain greater stability and sustainability. Through successful grant-writing efforts this past year, we have secured funding for new anniversary year initiatives that will help us evaluate and form new long-term goals. These initiatives include

  • the Strategic Partnership Program to help us build stronger ties with other local arts organizations;
  • free workshops for active members to strengthen the business practices of their art making studios;
  • special programs with world-class artists for greater national and international artist exchange;
  • a year-long evaluation initiative to help us improve our services to members and the arts community at large;
  • professional photography of our award recipients and installations for use in publications, social media and digital archives;
  • working with communications and public relations experts to promote our programs and reach a greater audience; and
  • a new visual brand and 50th anniversary logo to be used throughout the year to raise public awareness about our longevity.

As we begin to reshape Hawaii Craftsmen for another 50 years of artistic vitality, we also cast our eyes to the continued economic uncertainty of our times and ask that you continue your generosity in support of our organization. Please consider the various ways in which you could contribute in the list to the right of this column. 

Help us keep the fine crafts alive in Hawaii for another 50 years by sending in your check, signing up to volunteer, supporting our events and programs, and sharing your ideas!

Mahalo nui loa and warmest wishes for the holiday season,

Barbara Thompson

Acting President and Vice President, Hawaii Craftsmen


Make a tax deductible contribution to Hawaii Craftsmen by sending us a check or making an online monetary donation Here


Update your membership, enter and visit Hawaii Craftsmen juried exhibitions, sign up for Raku Ho’olaulea, take an Aha Hana Lima Workshop, and attend as many lectures as you can.


Sign up for volunteer opportunities listed on our website and add skills of your own that you think may be helpful.  Everyone has something to offer!


Buy artwork, Raku t-shirts, and gift certificates for membership —or even an Aha Hana Lima workshop for a friend or family member who needs encouragement to take the plunge or support a student in becoming a new member.


We are always looking for your thoughts, ideas, and feedback.

Hawaiʻi Craftsmen 50th Anniversary Strategic Partnerships


Help us celebrate Hawaiʻi Craftsmen’s 50th Anniversary Year. In an effort to support an increased presence of fine craft programs during the year we are seeking partnerships with other art and fine craft organizations and community art centers, groups, and galleries. We hope that you will see the mutual benefits of these Strategic Partnerships and ideally we can begin an on-going working relationship to mutually support and promote Hawaii’s fine craft artists working primarily in functional and non-functional 2- and 3 dimensional art in clay, fiber, glass, wood, metal, stone, and mixed media.

We are accepting proposals for exhibits, art events, and workshops. 

Our over-arching goal is to celebrate and promote public art exhibitions, art displays, and events featuring fine craft arts and artists and by supporting artists working in clay, fiber, glass, wood, metal, stone, and mixed media through formal and informal workshops and educational opportunities. 

We consider this a fine way to celebrate 50 years of fine crafts in Hawaiʻi and we look forward to receiving an application from you at least 3 months in advance of your planned project. We are hopeful that together we can increase the appreciation and support of fine craft art throughout the state and beyond!

More Information HERE

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About our Mission

Hawaii Craftsmen celebrates fine craft as a vital and enriching part of contemporary life and supports the creative growth of our member artists and the education of the general public to the value of the crafts. We achieve our mission by increasing public awareness and appreciation of fine craft through community outreach and programs for craft artists. We provide opportunities for continuing education and regular exhibition of member work that supports and sustains a statewide community of craft artists. Our programs provide venues for shared experiences and communication and promote the organization and its members both within and without the State of Hawaii.

Our programs are designed for emerging and professional artists and craftsmen. They typically work with glass, metal, wood, fiber, clay or stone. Our members span generations from founding members (we have several Living Treasures on our roster) to students in art school. The raku program has a youth component and we have watched a generation of budding potters grow up. We take seriously our commitment to reach artist across the state and are the only arts organization to send our jurors to the neighbor islands to select work for our annual exhibition. We plan workshops on neighbor islands each year. On average, 20% or our membership (300+/-) are from the neighbor islands.

Our events are important to the community because they bring knowledge and skill to artists and audience across the Hawaiian Islands about craft in a variety of mediums. Our Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition is the ONLY exhibition that is truly statewide and includes all craft mediums. Our workshops and exhibits are highly anticipated by our members and supporters every year because of the professionalism of the instructors as well as the high quality of the craft exhibited. We strive to bring teachers and jurors from the mainland to bring fresh talents skills and perspectives to our islands. Everyone gains from the experience and it goes both ways Teachers and juror return home with a newly realized appreciation of the fine craft and passionate artists in Hawaii. This knowledge has sometimes opened up new venues for HC artists to exhibit and sell their work. Living so far from other counties and the mainland is important we do not succumb to insularity, but reach out and provide educational programs and exhibition to artist and the public all across Hawaii Art and creativity reach across languages cultures and people of all ages to generate conversion and provide fresh perspective 

For our 2014 programs we provided 634 artist experiences to approximately 250 individual artists. Because our programs are at popular arts venues such as the Honolulu Museum of Art, we reached just over 20,000 members of the public.


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