Thanks to everyone who joined us for Camp Merveilles Hawaii 2019
Plan now for November 6-10, 2020
Registration opens in April


2019 Information



Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to study with the best of the best in an unbelievable setting on the Northern tip of the Big Island of Hawaii!  Truly a “mini-Guinea”, this is a camp you will be so grateful you made space for in your life!!!  We so look forward to dancing, playing, moving and grooving with you this year!!!!!!!

Camp Merveilles Hawaii is five day conference retreat that brings together artists form Guinea, West Africa and Hawaii to share the rich music and dance of their cultures. The conference will be held November 1 – 5, 2019. Each day features 4 dance classes, 4 percussion classes, and morning yoga. Fabulous meals will be provided incorporating fresh, organic, fruits and vegetables from local farmers, local grass-fed beef and of course fresh island fish. Nightly activities and opportunities to enjoy community in an Aloha setting are absolutely priceless. Camp Merveilles Hawaii is an opportunity to experience the richness of both West African and Hawaiian cultures in the incredibly magical setting of the old Hawaii in North Kohala.

 Featuring Guinea artists: Gabriel Fara Tolno, Marietou Camara, Naby Bangoura, Fode Bangoura, Soriba Fofana, Mohamed Lamine Bangoura, Etienne Tolno and Sekou Camara.

For the FIRST TIME! Featuring Zimbabwe Dance with Rujeko Sarah Dumbshetna

Hawaiian Hula with Big Island Kumu’s Hope Keawe and Leia Lawrence. Daily Yoga with Big Island’s Jamie Eversweet Belmarez, Noah Giltner and Alexandra Kazimir.  Salsa with Michál Anna Carrillo.


$20 and Kama’aina $15/class Hula and Yoga classes
$25 and Kama’aina $20/class West African Dance or Drum with live musicians

Smaller size Djembe Drum rentals available: $5 per class, $15 per day or $55 full conference.










 A Few Photos of Kohala Institute, our location:

Not only are the accommodations wonderful, the food fresh and from local farms as much as possible, beautiful grounds to explore all along side having  an incredible line up of West African Master Teachers this year!


The amazing Marietou Camara will be there bringing the sweet fire.

Faculty Teacher Marietou Camara will be bringing the sweet fire.

girls dancing 2015

Camp Merveilles 2015 at Hawaii Island Retreat.

Fara dance merveilles 2015 Marietou and us merveilles 2015