KWR2Kahini’s creative-writing programs, which take place in Aotearoa, the Hawaiian islands, and online, are known for their depth of writing craft instruction, for cohesiveness of writing community, and for the inspirational locations in which the in-person events happen.

Kahini’s annual events include the Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat, the Kaua’i Writers’ Retreat, multiple Maui retreats, the Hawai’i Writers’ Retreat, and other gatherings. Some programs last for a day, others for a weekend, others for an entire week, still others for year-long sessions, all leading to the creation of new, vibrant work, as well as lifelong friendships and artistic growth.

The name ‘Kahini’ was provided by Sayantani Dasgupta who in 2014, along with Jordan Hartt, was Kahini’s very first faculty member. Kahini is a Bengali word meaning ‘story,’ or ‘tale’–but not an ordinary story: an extraordinary one. Similarly, at Kahini, we work to create extraordinary creative-writing programs that bring masters of writing craft together with writers from across the world to create transformative learning experiences.

Kahini’s Conscience Statement 
Reading, writing, and conversation build connection and empathy, providing a deepercommunity quality of life.

Kahini’s Vision Statement
Our vision is a world of increased connection and empathy.

Kahini’s Mission Statement
Kahini connects writers together; hosts full-immersion gatherings, both online and in  inspirational locations; and presents literary work in public fora.

Kahini’s Programs
Kahini presents creative writing gatherings in Aotearoa and the Hawaiian islands.


klhOceania director Kirsten Le Harivel is a writer, poet, and organiser. Her work has appeared in various New Zealand and international literary journals. She completed an MA at the International Institute of Modern Letters in 2013 and is currently shaping her manuscript into a poetry collection. Contact: [email protected] or [email protected]

jordanAmericas director Jordan Hartt is a reader, writer, and workshop retreat leader. He facilitates the Hawai’i Writers’ Group, the group’s four writing retreats, and the Desert Writers’ Retreat. Hartt’s own writing has appeared in about forty literary magazines and journals. A collection of narrative poems, “Leap,” appeared in 2015. Contact: [email protected]