Pele’s Fire: Write to the Core | February 28, 2018 - March 6, 2018

Pele’s Fire: Write to the Core

"Pele’s Fire healed me in ways I didn’t know I needed healing and pushed my writing in ways I didn’t know I needed to be pushed." - Grace Burns

Leave behind a world of distractions for a week devoted to your own writing in an ecologically-conscious setting at Pele’s Fire—a writers’ retreat held in a secluded jungle on the Big Island of Hawaii.  Now in its third year.

What makes our all-inclusive writing retreat unique? You can have it all: your own quiet writing time; small-group workshops with both of our teachers; generative inspiration and exercises; guided conversations on a variety of writing-related topics; your own one-on-one conference for manuscript feedback; group readings; and optional free time to explore the island. Volcano National Park, Lava Tree Forest, Kaimu black sand beach and volcanically-heated warm pools are all nearby.  We will be integrating our surroundings into our writing, and using our bodies as well as our brains. We will be announcing a special virtual guest to guide the morning writing prompt, so check back for updates on that!

Your registration fee includes six nights in a beautiful, spacious cottage and all meals. Kalani also has a full schedule of yoga and movement classes you can attend, and many different wellness and healing offerings, including massage, reiki, etc. for additional fees.  A pool, jacuzzi, sauna, and 120 acres of seaside rain forest beauty await.

Write and move. Retreat and explore. Find quiet and community. Generate new work and get feedback on your manuscript. Work in groups and one-on-one. Work with all of our teachers.

Join us!

"This retreat was unbelievable. Beyond my expectations!"


To Register: Online Registration Form

Rahna Reiko Rizzuto & Elena Georgiou
Email:  [email protected]

Retreat Fees

Kalani is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your stay here supports our mission to provide transformational experiences via nature, culture, and wellness.

Kalani retreat rates are all-inclusive and provide access to all retreat activities, mealsaccommodations, and use of Kalani's amenities including our clothing-optional 25-meter pool and hot tubs. Kalani cannot pro-rate fees for late arrivals or early departures. Registration for the full retreat experience is required.

Fees Per Person
Lodging Type Single
Cottage $2925 $2295 $1995
Commuter* / Kama'aina Commuter** $1299

*Offsite Commuter: Does not include accommodations.
**Kama'aina Commuter: Does not include accommodations. A valid Hawaii state-issued ID or driver's license must be presented at check-in to receive the kama'aina rate.

Extend Your Stay at All-Inclusive Retreat Rates!

Book your early arrival or extended stay at all-inclusive retreat rates. Contact a registrar for rate information and availability.

Airport Transportation

Kalani offers shuttle service from Hilo International Airport (ITO), which can be arranged via Kalani Guest Services, [email protected] or 808.965.0468. Please send flight details, including airline carrier and flight number with your shuttle request. We also pick up from the downtown Hilo bus station and hotels. Shuttle service is subject to availability; one-way pricing is $50 per person for shared rides and $75 per person for single bookings. If you require airport shuttle service, please contact us to make your reservation a minimum of one week in advance.

Taxi service is available from ITO or Hilo Downtown for a one-way fare of approximately $125.

Pele's Fire Retreat Policies

Once you have been notified of your acceptance, you will be asked to make your nonrefundable deposit of $500.00 within 48 hours. This deposit must be received within that time, or your place will be released to another writer.

The balance of your registration fee is due on December 4, 2017. (For participants registering late, off the wait list, or in our extended kama’aina registration period, your balance is due within two weeks after registration.) Failure to pay the balance by the due date will result in the cancellation of your reservation. Installment payment plans may be available upon request; if you need this arrangement, please contact us. Your reservation is not secured until we receive the full registration fee.

Please note that all payments are nonrefundable. There are no refunds for leaving Pele’s Fire early or arriving late, or for skipping meals. All activities are optional; however, if you choose to opt out of any of our activities or offerings, that is your choice, and you will not receive a refund of any part of your registration fee.

Your registration fee includes Pele’s Fire tuition (for all workshop offerings, instruction, and an individual consultation on your manuscript) plus accommodations/use fees charged by Kalani.  Kalani’s fees include three meals a day, use of the grounds, and vary according to your selection of accommodations. Kalani offers you a specially-negotiated discount for participating in our group.  We do not add a surcharge onto their costs. Your accommodations will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis, depending on Kalani’s availability. If you would like to share a cabin with a traveling companion, please let us know.

By making your nonrefundable deposit, you agree that you have read through the description of the retreat, the accommodations and our offerings on our website:, and also the guest information and frequently asked questions at: You have viewed the Kalani guest orientation video and you are aware that Kalani is a natural environment. You are in agreement with our policies and our liability waiver.

Please consider travel insurance to protect yourself against changes in your circumstances. Remember, Pele’s Fire is not responsible for participants’ air or ground travel and will not issue refunds for unused airline or ground travel reservations. Exceptions to this cancellation policy cannot be made for any reason, including personal emergencies. Once again, please consider travel insurance to protect yourself against changes in your circumstances.

Pele’s Fire reserves the right to cancel any of our programs with a full refund to accepted participants in case of insufficient registration or for reasons of force majeure. In cases of personal or health emergencies that result in instructor cancelations, we will endeavor to replace the instructor with a suitable replacement.  Please select your second and third choices with that in mind.

**NOTE: In the event that you have paid in full for your participation and you cannot attend due to personal circumstances or emergency, please let us know ASAP and we will try to fill your spot with a writer on the waitlist. If we can do so, we will make every effort to return your fee (less your truly nonrefundable $500 deposit). This is not a guarantee, nor is it an exception to these policies, but an offering that we will try to honor.

Kalani Honua Policies

Kalani Honua reserves the right to dismiss a participant at any time before, during or after a program if one:

  • Becomes dangerous or harmful to self, others, or property
  • Behaves disruptively or inappropriately
  • Is not able, for whatever reason, to be present for learning
  • Breaks the law
  • Refuses to cooperate with program leaders or Kalani Honua management
  • Does not pay accordingly for program or services provided



  • Facilitated by: Rahna Reiko Rizzuto,
    Elena Georgiou
  • Dates: February 28, 2018 - March 6, 2018
  • Website:
Rahna Reiko Rizzuto
Rahna Reiko Rizzuto
Reiko is interested in truth-telling, and the transformative power of writing. “We are the stories we tell,” she says, "and in telling our truths, we can literally change the world." She is the author of the memoir, Hiroshima in the Morning, and the novel, Why She Left Us. Her new novel, Shadow Child (set partly in Hawaii and Japan), will be published in May 2018. She has received an American Book Award, a National Book Critics Circle Finalist, and the U.S./Japan Creative Artist Fellowship. She is the Associate Editor of The NuyorAsian Anthology: Asian American Writings About New York City. Reiko has appeared on The Today Show, 20/20, and The View, among others, and her articles have been published globally, including in the L.A. Times, Guardian UK, CNN Opinion and Salon, and through the Progressive Media Project. She teaches at Goddard College, and is the advisor of the national literary journal, Clockhouse. She is a Hedgebrook alumna, where she has taught master classes and at the Vortext Salon. Reiko was raised on the Big Island.
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Rahna Reiko Rizzuto
Elena Georgiou
Elena Georgiou
Elena is a writer, teacher, editor, and lover of islands. She has published two poetry collections: mercy mercy me, and Rhapsody of the Naked Immigrant, and is coeditor of the anthology The World Within Us. Her most recent book, a collection of short stories, The Immigrant’s Refrigerator, is being published in November 2017. Elena has received a Lambda Literary Award, an Astraea Emerging Writer Award, a New York Foundation for the Arts Award, a Publishing Triangle Award finalist, and a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts fellowship, and her work has appeared in BOMB, Cream City Review, Denver Quarterly, Gargoyle, Lumina, MiPoesia, and Spoon River Review, among others. Elena is the Director of the Goddard College MFA in Creative Writing Program.
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Elena Georgiou