Rad A. Drew Photography: What is the Hui Retreat all About?

Continental Divide at Dawn

Continental Divide at Dawn
Continental Divide at Dawn

What is the Hui Retreat all About?

A 7-Day Hawaiian Photographic Retreat with 

Jack Davis and Rad A. Drew

and guest presenters, 
National Geographic Alumni 

Dewitt Jones and Rikki Cooke 

Nov 23-30, 2019 

What is this Retreat all about? 
This retreat is about exploring the art in our lives, our world and ourselves. It is a week dedicated to sharpening the eye, expanding the mind and opening the heart – giving ourselves permission to fall in love with photography all over again! Recapturing that eagerness and enthusiasm of a child as we explore the endless ways we can integrate creativity into our lives – especially with current camera options and software tools like Lightroom, Photoshop, and even the plethora of mobile photography apps at our disposal! 
Renowned artist, author and Photoshop Hall-of-Famer Jack Davis, along with Rad A. Drew, an acclaimed iPhone photographer and teacher who also creates with mirrorless and infrared cameras, and with guest presenters and National Geographic alumni Dewitt Jones and Rikki Cooke, will once again (our 15th year!) teach a creative photography and digital imagery workshop retreat at the beautiful Hui Ho’olana Center on the incredible island of Moloka’i, Hawai’i. Whether you are a professional photographer, an addicted amateur or someone just deliriously giddy about shooting and enhancing with your smartphone (as we are ;), this week is for you! 

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And while we explore Moloka’i, you’ll also explore new ways to shoot and shape your photography by allowing your eyes to play through the camera, and your hands to work through the computer (or mobile apps for that matter) to shape your images in ways you never thought possible. Learn new methods to craft that visual “story” you’ve always wanted to tell but may never have had the time, opportunity, skills or permission to before. 
Learn steps to optimize, enhance, creatively interpret and share your images using everything from the latest Lightroom and Photoshop, to the plethora of mobile apps that are daily introducing new ways to stretch the creative photographic process. 

Photo Credit: Jack Davis

Photo Credit: Jack Davis
Photo Credit: Jack Davis
Where and When will we do What? 
We will take guided eld trips throughout Moloka’i, visiting such places as the Royal Kapuaiwa Palm Grove and lagoon, Halawa Valley Gardens and it’s black sand cove, private trust land Mo’omomi Bay, Papohaku Beach (and it’s amazing waves!) and other sites. And as always we’ll be hiring dancers from the local Hula Halau (school) for a private performance and photo shoot. Of course shooting around the Hui with its gorgeous vistas, gardens and starry sky is also a given! 

On our many field trips and shoots there will be essential insights and assistance on the technical side of photography whether you’re shooting with a DSLR, Point-n-Shoot, or smart phone (or all three, as most of us do). Other days we will be in our spacious ocean- view lodge, focusing on Photoshop and Lightroom instruction and the use of creative mobile applications to translate, craft, and fine-tune our “captures” into those personal stories that can be shared with the world. In addition, attendees can set up some dedicated one-on-one Q&A time with Jack and Rad throughout the week. 

Photo Credit: Jack Davis
Where is This Retreat Taking Place? 
The workshop will be held at the Hui Ho’olana Retreat Center on Moloka’i, on land that has been in Rikki’s family since the turn of the century. The main Lodge is secluded on 100 acres, surrounded by a spectacular view of the western half of Moloka’i, the Pacific Ocean and distant islands. A beautiful rock-framed tiled swimming pool and organic garden complement the grounds. Watching rainbows (including true moonbows!) dance across the island, or the sun sink behind Diamond Head from the front porch in a setting out of Old Hawai’i, is truly an unforgettable experience. 
Moloka’i is the birthplace of the hula and the sacred island where the Hawaiians sent their Kahunas for training. The powerful spirit of this place evokes a strong connection to the land itself and you’ll soon discover that “Mother Molokai” is one of our teachers. Through our connection with nature in this ancient and sacred place, we will nurture our own spirits as we focus ourselves before we focus our cameras. In the quiet of our time together, Moloka’i gives us gifts of renewal and a reverence for our selves and the world we share. For more on the Hui Ho’olana Retreat Center visit www.huiho.org.
All meals are provided and prepared by the resident chefs. Incredible gourmet dinners are offered in the evenings followed by inspirational and informative slide shows while sharing a glass of wine and reviewing the day’s events with your fellow artists. 

Photo Credit: Jack Davis
How do I Sign Up?

These seven-day workshops fill every year, with a majority of the alumni returning. Sign up is on a first come/ first served basis with maximum of 16 participants per week. 

If you are interested in joining us for Creative Photography for the Soul 2019, email me at RadDrew@gmail.com ASAP and let me know. I will provide payment instructions

Check-in is Saturday at 2:00 pm, and check-out is the following Saturday at noon. 
We will pick you up and drop you off at the Molokai airport, unless you choose to rent your own car (this is not necessary but some choose to do so for their own free time shooting excursions, or simply to just be able to go into town on their own). 
Cost does not include air transportation to and from MolokaiRooms and cabins are nonsmoking and are typically shared by two people. “Non-photographer” spouses or friends are welcome at the same costs, and will be able to point-n-shoot along with us as we explore the island, as well as sit in all the classes, lectures and slide shows. We ask that people be in good enough shape to navigate stairs, walk up hills and to hike at least a half-mile on uneven ground. Although it is not required that you have a smartphone or tablet for this workshop, we highly encourage it (they ARE ridiculously fun and creative! ;). 
With the hiring of a full-time General Manager for the Hui, the cost for all retreats went up in 2018, and all Hui Photo Retreats have synchronized their fees which are as follows: 
Paid via PayPal’s “Send to Friend” option or by check or money order. Must be paid in full at time of registration. 
VIA INSTALLMENT PLAN: $3695 per person 
$1000 at time of registration, and five subsequent monthly payments of $539. Also paid via PayPal’s “Send to Friend” option or by check or money order. 
Photo Credit: Jack Davis

Email RadDrew@gmail.com for the payment process and options. You may use PayPal or mail a check, and there is an installment payment plan.
NOTE: Refunds are possible (minus a $300 cancelation fee) up until July 1, 2019. 

Sign up NOW! 
Email RadDrew@gmail.com ASAP. Rad will confirm availability, provide payment instructions, and you’ll be off and running! 
—Aloha nui loa! 

Jack, Rad and the entire CP4TS Ohana! 

Photo Credit: Jack Davis