Participants who choose the single or shared room options will be staying in homes near Leo Nani Farms or in Hilo on or near the water.  Once housing is assigned, we will connect house-mates so you can organize a rental car. Usually, the first person to arrive rents the car and thus becomes the driver for the week. The other drummers sharing that car will contribute to the 10-day rental. That cost is approx. $100 per person.

If you choose the Kama'aina option, your tuition will not include lodging. This option is offered for local drummers who can commute daily, or participants who plan to lodge with friends near Hilo, rent their own accommodations or camp. These participants will also arrange their own car rentals. Kama'aina participants will enjoy two dinners and daily lunches as part of their tuition package.

We will create a private Facebook group so participants can connect.
Contact Margie for more info;
252-202-0865  margiecaot@gmail,com

Travel To Hawaii

Be sure to make your travel arrangements at least a month in advance, so that we can help coordinate housing and ground transportation on the island. Please email Margie with your arrival and departure plans as soon as you can.

Hawaii travel tips


ARRIVAL: Friday, January 18, 2019
Welcome dinner at 5:00 in Hilo. Your welcome letter will provide the restaurant location.  This will be paid for by each participant. 

The first day of workshop sessions is Saturday, January 29, 2019.
Breakfast on your own, first session begins 10am on the farm.
Please plan to arrive by 9:30 on this first morning so you can park, walk up to the studio and settle in.
Lunch on the farm-cooked by our chef -followed by a welcome dinner and faculty concert. 

CLOSING DINNER:  Saturday, January 26
We will end our week with a closing dinner and concert on the farm.

DEPARTURE: Sunday, January 27
Participants will depart - no camp activities.

Breakfast on your own each day.
Lunch provided each day as part of your tuition.
Dinner on your own except for the welcome and closing dinner - which leaves seven dinners on your own.
Participants often gather together in restaurants in Hilo, plan meals in their homes, visit farmer's markets, etc. There are many options in nearby Hilo - restaurants, organic groceries, and more. Map

Day Trips

One day will be dedicated to visiting the Volcano and this is offered as part of your tuition package and organized for all participants.
This trip is offered in addition to the seven workshop days.
Swimming or short trips to the water will be organized during the week,  and a star-gazing bonfire with snacks will happen one night during the week.