Join us at our 10 day, 9 night

New Culture Hawaii Winter Camp

Jan 30-Feb 8th 2023

"Social Permaculture- Light in the Darkness"

(We are now taking a waiting list, all housing is full.  Check out our April events!).

Camp Application

With workshops by

Amara Karuna, Tracy Matfin, Ray Cohen, Gwenn Cody,


Kalama Becker, and more TBA!

SEE PROGRAM and PRESENTERS with your password, once you have been accepted and closer to the event

Join us for 10 days, 9 nights of emotionally intelligent, poly-friendly, 
open hearted, community minded 
New Culture!

New Culture people are dedicated to examining every aspect of our existing cultures and experimenting to find out how to create a world based on love and freedom, rather than fear and violence.

This camp will be an intensive personal growth experience held at La'akea Community, on our lush, permaculture, rainforest land.

Join us in co-creating safe, nurturing, inspiring community, with a focus on how we can be deeply connected with each other, with nature and the world. 

Come celebrate, be challenged, and enjoy yourself on the land and beach as we share our talents, knowledge and hearts with each other.

Our rich program will have a focus on a gathering of the tribe, a sustainable culture of interconnections, including classes in communication skills, massage, boundaries and polyamory, and more as well as cuddle puddles, gender circles, Tantra Pujas and a creativity sharing Cabaret night.

The daily schedule will include space for morning yoga, ZEGG-style forums, three meals and time for an afternoon snooze or workshops led by campers.

We decided to offer one long camp with a more spacious schedule.

About La'akea: 

We are a small, family style, egalitarian, intentional permaculture community on the big island of Hawai'i. Staying with us is a vibrant immersion in our community lifestyle, and many visitors find it transformative and life changing. We are a committed group of people working together closely as a means to health, relationship vitality, economic stability, personal and spiritual growth. We focus on the social aspect of sustainability: how to live together with honesty, love and peace, and share power and leadership.


We live in one of nature's most amazing places, surrounded by mountains, oceans, dense jungle and black sand beaches. We are a short drive from the active volcano and the fresh lava fields. Our visitors enjoy exploring the many unique features of this land, and the cultural activities nearby. Our organic farm practices tropical permaculture in our lush rainforest climate. We bought our land in 2005 and currently grow a large portion of our food.

We are growing many kinds of fruits and nuts, and have extensive gardens and greenhouses, taro beds and orchards. We keep bees, chickens and sheep who are our natural lawn mowers in addition to providing us with food and fertilizer. Our electricity comes from solar photovoltaic panels, and our water is from a rainwater catchment system. We value alternative and sustainable building techniques.


We provide: Yummy food, unisex outdoor showers, composting outhouse toilets, full days of exciting programs, experiential workshops and activities. Clothing is optional throughout most areas of camp. The meeting spaces are a cozy indoor, bamboo-floor classroom and an open air pavilion by a pond. The food throughout the event will be tasty organic island fare, fresh from our gardens and orchards, as much as possible.

Accommodations are tarp covered camping (bring your own gear and bedding) or a dorm bed upstairs in our Main House, and an outdoor dorm in a large quonset hut. If you would like a more roomy and private option, you can rent a smaller Quonset hut, which is a large walk in rounded tent cabin, which houses 2 to 4 people on single and double beds, for an additional cost. We have 5 cabins which can be rented onsite.   An offsite option of a more expensive private room in a nearby vacation rental is also a possibility.

Community Service: Everyone contributes some hours of Karma Yoga service to help camp run smoothly. This can include helping with the cooking or cleaning in the kitchen, tidying shared spaces, etc. Performing Karma Yoga service offers the opportunity to bond more deeply with each other as we share in the joy of co-creating community and making camp happen.

Participatory Music: All music-making is encouraged & greatly appreciated. Bring your instruments, voices, and talents. Be the live music & let's celebrate you! There will be a quiet time curfew of around 9 pm, because of our neighbors. This just means no really loud stuff after that, singing and playing guitar is fine.

Safe Container: It is essential that everyone attend Orientation which begins Weds. evening. This puts us all on the same page with our group agreements.

No Drop In Attendance: everyone who attends camp will be there for the entire camp, (unless they need to leave early), with the exception of workshop leaders in some cases.

Local Participants: If you live in the area and wish to sleep at your own home, you may have a discount on the total camp fee. If you want to provide your own food each day, you may have an additional discount. Everyone staying at La'akea will participate in the group meals, because we have limited facilities for you to store and prepare food.

Early Departure: If you can't stay for the entire time, Hawaii Camp can still be a powerfully transformational experience. We understand if you need to leave early, and appreciate the time that you shared with us.

Before and After Stays: It may be possible to stay a few days after  Winter Camp and Afterglow Camp. If you want to stay at La'akea before the camp, the fee is $60 per person per day, including food, for a dorm or camping spot.  More fees apply for cabins and huts.

We are open to visitors in the week before camp.  

Airport Pickups: We can provide pick ups from the Hilo airport, which is 1/2 hour away from the site, for $50 for one person or $30 per person if more than one. This provides a benefit to those who can arrive on the afternoon of the beginning of camp. If you arrive at an odd time you will need to get an Uber or Lyft.

We cannot provide rides from the Kona Airport, which is a 3 hour drive, one way. If you must come in to Kona, please plan to rent a car or have a friend pick you up.

Weather: Typically changeable. Expect hot to cold and wet to dry. Mostly wet.

What to Bring Essentials: A flashlight, tent, sleeping bag and pad, extra blankets for cold nights, sunscreen, sunglasses, cool clothes for hot days, warm clothes for possible cold weather, easy to carry water bottle, personal back jack or chair. Sheets and blankets are available for rental if needed and reserved in advance. Keep in mind that the airlines charge for each checked bag now.

Optional Items: Musical instruments, outrageous clothing for dressing up and dance parties.

Personal Foods:

There will be limited room for personal food in one refrigerator and some coolers. You will have access to a Personal Foods Kitchen (PFK) during camp. Our menu is omnivore with focus on organic and humanely raised. We provide a rich variety of dishes to cover the various dietary needs of today's health issues, but we are not able to cater to all special diets. Please list special requirements on the registration form and our kitchen coordinator will reach out to you as needed. There will be several town trips for special needs grocery shopping. Bring extra cash to cover your requests. 

Leave at Home: Alcohol or recreational drugs, valuables of any sort, pets of any make or size.

Our Cancellation Policy:

Substitutions of attendees may be made at any time.  Attendees must cancel by midnight, Hawaii time, January 10, 2023 to receive a full refund minus $100 processing fee. Cancellation requests received after January 10, 2023 or failure to appear for the camp will result in forfeiture of the entire course fee, unless we can fill your spot. Cancellation requests must be received by email to Tracy at You are responsible for ensuring that we receive your written request. We will reply by email with a written acknowledgement. Cancellation refunds will be completed via check or Paypal. 

New Culture Hawaii reserves the right to cancel or reschedule events at any time. This is very unlikely to happen, as the camp is usually overfull, but it could happen due to COVID restrictions. A sufficient enrollment decision will be made by January 20th 2023. If New Culture Hawaii cancels or reschedules the event due to low enrollment, weather, or unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of new Culture Hawaii, you are entitled to a full refund, but New Culture Hawaii is not responsible for travel arrangements, travel fees, or any expenses incurred by you as a result of such cancellation. However, you may be able to join us for a smaller group experience during that time.

If New Culture Hawaii cancels an event is which you have registered, you will be contacted at the email address you provide when registering, so please be sure to provide a valid email address.

Fees are sliding scale. We encourage you to pay in sync with your financial resources. This helps us give a discount to those who need it to be with us.

We will be taking applications in order to balance and limit the group, and will let you know when you get a spot!

We used to offer the camp as two parts, but the complications of the safety situation caused us to decide to change it to one long camp.  

You are free to leave early, but not arrive late, and the price is the same in that case.

Cost for 9 night/10 Days both camps: $950- 1150, including food and lodging.

Full payment is required in advance after January 1st and before January 5th 2023 for all campers.  We want to simplify the payments for to make more ease in the bookkeeping.  We are waiting until January to be sure that we can hold the camp in the light of current events.

We look forward to sharing this wonderful experience with you!


All of the La'akea family

Covid Care Agreements

Pre-event Safety Agreements Summary.  Refer to the Health and Safety Protocols for more details.  These may change depending on the current situation.

We will be taking many steps to insure all of our safety, including:

*requiring a period of you moving in a relatively tight bubble at least 5 days beforehand, (with the exception of the travel to get here):

*refraining from risky practices such as going to large events with people you are not familiar with, 

*practicing social distancing when around others for the week before the event, 

*avoiding anyone who is sick, 

*We will do a rapid testing of everyone the day the event starts at the site.  We will have plain cotton swabs available for those who want to use them.

*If you have any symptoms of illness, please do not come to the camp.  If you need to cancel in the 7 days before the event because of becoming ill, we will refund you all of your money if we can fill your spot, or half the money if we can't.

We all want to feel safe to explore and connect with each other! We know people have different beliefs around COVID and being safe with it, and we ask you to please abide by these guidelines to protect the organizers and other attendees.