Mini Merveilles Hawaii 2022
November 2-6
Please call 808 987-4243
or email
for info and registration.



Truly a “mini-Guinea”, this is a camp is set on the Northern tip of the Big Island at the Lavaroots Safe Place Sanctuary.  We so look forward to dancing, playing, moving and sharing with you in our new Living Light Studio. This year will be intimate, limited space, 25 people. So let us know directly, if you would like to attend.

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 2-6, 2022. Each day features classes in West African Dance, Drum, Hula and morning yoga. Fabulous meals will be provided incorporating fresh, organic, fruits and vegetables from local farmers. This year we will culminate in a Ho’o’iki Presentation for the community. It is an awesome opportunity to perform if one would like the choreographies learnt over the days. This camp is a deepening into the dances, the culture, the land and one another. 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. Mahalo.

 Featuring Guinea artists: Gabriel Fara Tolno, Marietou Camara, Mohamed Lamine Bangoura, Etienne Tolno

Hawaiian Hula with Big Island Kumu’s Hope Keawe
Daily Yoga





$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