January 18-21 (Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend) marks the premier opening of the first annual Aloha Writers Conference at the five-star Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua on Maui. The four-day conference features blockbuster authors, poets, as well as screenplay and television scriptwriters. Agents and editors actively seeking new voices and experienced writers will be available to learn about your work. Learn More
Author of The Descendants, Kaui Hart Hemmings was born and raised in Hawaii. She received her degrees from Colorado College and Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of House of Thieves, a collection of stories. The Descendants was Kaui’s debut novel. It has been published in nine countries and was made into the highly acclaimed American film by Fox Searchlight starring George Clooney.
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is located on the white sandy beaches of Kapalua, Maui and will be home to the Aloha Writers Conference. “Arms embracing the sea” is a loose translation of the Hawaiian word, “Kapalua.” It is intended to describe the resort’s lava peninsulas that stretch their arms into the turquoise waters hugging them in such a way as to create five bays.
We encourage anyone who is truly serious about their work to sign up under one of the following areas: Fiction – most all genres; Creative Nonfiction – memoir, biography, autobiography, journalistic explorations, and historical accounts; or Screenplay – all major aspects of writing and storytelling for movies and television.
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.
Please check back for bios of the Hawaiian authors participating in our featured two-hour "Hawaiian Voices" presentation on Saturday evening, January 19th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.