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Aloha Writers Conference

Annual Fundraiser for KOKA

Join us for one of the most inspiring writers conferences of 2013. Designed to motivate, educate and elevate, the first annual Aloha Writers Conference will feature world-renowned writers, best-selling authors, poets and scriptwriters. Writers of all ages and genres, avid readers and imaginative minds are welcome to experience this once-in-a-lifetime event in one of the world’s most magical islands.

Our Previous Authors

AWC has assembled some of the most beloved, highly read authors in the industry who will be sharing their wisdom and expertise with you. Some of the country’s top agents and editors are looking forward to learning about your work in our One-on-One Pitch Sessions. View more about our previous authors.

About Aloha Writers Conference

Aloha Writers Conference is a project of Keiki O Ka ʻĀina Family Learning Centers. Keiki O Ka Aina is a nonprofit established in 1996. It serves the needs of the community through research-proven, culturally appropriate educational programs, designed to support and strengthen families. These specialized services include Native Hawaiian cultural enrichment services, development of family literacy curriculum, (KOKA is a small press), English-Hawaiian language curriculum and childcare programs. Our Parents As Teachers (PAT) Program for prenatal to age three received the PAT National Center’s Losos Award for Excellence in 2006 and KOKA employed the PAT Parent Educator of the Year in 2009. We also conduct nine Parent Participation Preschools for Hawaiian caregivers/children including one for infants and toddlers with special needs, and KOKA provides mentoring for Hawaiian children affected by incarceration.

In 2007, the State of Hawaii recognized KOKA’s outstanding dedication to educating children and supporting families and the community in a cultural context by providing “Grant in Aid” funds enabling the agency to purchase a three-acre property in Kalihi Valley. Extreme Makeover Home Edition chose KOKA to be the recipient of a community-based learning center, which 3000 community volunteers built on the newly acquired property. We currently serve over 2000 Hawaiian families. To learn more, visit us at

Who Should Attend?

  • New and experienced writers of novels, all genres
  • New and experienced writers of creative non-fiction (memoirs, biographies, autobiographies, travelogues, etc.)
  • Those interested in journalism, magazine and freelance writing
  • Poets and story-tellers
  • Those interested in writing children’s literature, cookbooks or other writing for the food industry
  • Those who want to know how to pitch their work to an agent or editor
  • Those who have never written, but have an idea for a book. To quote best-selling author, Toni Morrison, “If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
  • Avid readers who would like to learn how their favorite authors and poets weave their “word magic.”
  • Those interested in learning more about the world of screenplay and TV script writing.
  • Anyone with an adventurous spirit and imaginative mind.
Do you have family?
Bring them along. There will be ample time to explore the extensive grounds, blanketed with exotic flowers and stretching to the Pacific. The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua includes a 10,000 square-foot, tri-level swimming pool, with a 20,000 square-foot sundeck and a new children’s pool.

Writers block?
Free your creativity by joining our pre-conference sail to the island of Lana’i to watch whales and spinner dolphin rolling and leaping in the crystalline Maui waters. Click here to sign-up. Grab your clubs and hit one of the Ritz-Carlton’s two championship golf courses, stroll on the white sand beaches at sunset, visit the Honokahua Preservation Site, recognized by Native Hawaiians as a wahi pana (sacred site) that lies adjacent to the hotel.