The Kaua’i Writers’ Retreat

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January 29-February 4, 2017; January 28-February 3, 2018; January 27-February 2, 2019; June 2-8, 2019
 November 10-16, 2019 (full); January 26-February 1, 2020; April 5-11, 2020; July 26-August 1, 2020; October 4-10, 2020; November 29-December 5, 2020
Host: Jordan Hartt
Contact: or 360.531.1472
Registration: $1,750 usd, available at bottom of page.
How It Works | Daily Schedule | Our Home on Kaua’i | F.A.Q. | Registration

Our central location in Kaua’i: the Villas at Poipu Kai

Live and write among the hibiscus, plumeria, and sunsets of the Garden Isle. Open to writers across all genres, the Kaua’i Writers’ Retreat is a gentle blend of community writing time, personal writing time, and the option to visit and write with other residents, set amidst the beauty and tranquility of Kaua’i’s south shore.

Our villas are spacious and full of light, perfect for writing and creating

Since our inception in 2014, Kahini participants have published over three thousand individual times in literary magazines; released over two hundred books; been featured in the Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, Best American Short Stories, and Best American Science & Nature Writing anthologies; won New Zealand’s Best First Book Award, been short-listed for the Caine Prize for African Writing; and received university professorships in creative writing.

How It Works

The most ancient island in the Hawaiian archipelago, Kaua’i entrances and inspires

1. Register below and we’ll be in touch to confirm within twenty-four hours.
2.  Once we’re exactly two months out from our start date, which is the best time to buy flights, you’ll begin to receive logistics and arrival emails.
3. You arrive at the airport! We do airport pickups/dropoffs; you only have to rent a car if you want to explore the surrounding area. (Recommended, but not necessary.)

Daily Schedule

The south shore of Kaua’i: one of the most beautiful and inspirational places for writers in the world

4 pm-onward: Arrivals, getting settled.
10:30 am to noon: morning generative-writing session
8-9 pm: optional evening gathering
10:30 am to noon: morning generative-writing session
8-9 pm: optional evening gathering
Free day/islandy day
10:30 am to noon: morning generative-writing session
8-9 pm: optional evening gathering
10:30 am to noon: morning generative-writing session
8-9 pm: optional evening gathering
Departure by 10 am.

Our Home On Kaua’i

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Live and write on the Garden Isle

Po’ipū is a small residential community located on the sunny southern shore of Kaua’i, about a half-hour southwest from the airport at Lihue. Good coffee, grocery stores, and restaurants are available in multiple locations.

Each morning, writing sessions help us loosen our writing muscles and get words on the page.

In one of the most beautiful and inspiring locations on earth, spend your afternoons writing or enjoying the best of what Kaua’i has to offer, including playing on the beach or water; discovering the history, culture, and natural beauty of Kaua’i; or reading and writing at good restaurants and cafes.

During the week we have evening gatherings for you to attend as you see fit, spending some quality literary time with the other residents.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to rent a car?
You don’t need to rent a car, as we do airport pick-up and drop-offs, and there is enough on the south shore to keep you busy for a week. However, many residents find that having a car allows them to explore the rest of the island (which we also recommend) so it depends on how, personally, you want to spend your week on Kaua’i.

Are meals included?
Because each resident has their own unique dietary needs, we do not provide food. Each residence comes with a fully equipped kitchen, and there are a number of grocery stores and restaurants nearby. For those using our airport pick-up and drop-off, we are happy to take you a grocery store once during the week, on the first Monday afternoon of the residency week.


Retreat Registrant: Registering under this option automatically enrolls you in the program: a beautiful private room, full workshop participation, and four hours of private writing consultation with our editors, focused completely on your work.



Jordan Hartt jordan copyis the author of the story collections “Leap” and “Drifting,” with another collection forthcoming in 2020. His lifework is creating experiences where people find the craft immersion to reach for their best writing, find the community to connect meaningfully across backgrounds, and find the lifelong inspiration of the writing life. To do this, he hosts annual writing retreats in Po’ipū, Kaua’i and Las Vegas, Nevada; co-hosts annual writing retreats in Kolkata, India and Kampala, Uganda; and gives as a philanthropist to artists and visionaries around the world.

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