2017 - 2018 Intersession/Seasonal Institutes (Visit our "Services" tab for Summer programs): Minimize

A $50.00 non-refundable application fee (includes materials and supplies) is required for each seasonal institute applicant. A Personal Admissions Interview is not conducted for our seasonal programs. Your tuition payment reserves your child's seat. A cancellation two months prior to the start of the program is 100% refundable; one month prior to the start of the program is 50% refundable; less than one month prior to start of program -- sorry, no tuition refund. Mahalo.

2017 Spring Break Writing Institute (grades 1 - 12):

March 20 - 24; 2:00 p.m-4:00 p.m. DESCRIPTIVE: PAINTING A PICTURE
$300 + tax per institute  

The impact of an event or place will be painted with words. Our students learn to use their five senses to render a detailed image that remains in their memories whether positively or negatively.  The overuse of cliches and near cliches will be brought to our students’ attention. A series of the event or place that students describe will become a longer story. We refer to these pictures as scenes that can be used in all forms of writing.

  • Grades 1 - 5
  • Grades 6 - 12

2017 Fall Break Writing Institute (grades 1 - 12):

October 10 - 13; 2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.  (No class on Columbus Day) NARRATIVE: TELLING A STORY
$300 + tax per institute   

Using the VOICE of someone they know or their own voice, our students will write a story about a poignant event.  Students will learn conflict, rising action, climax, and resolution.  Through VOICE they will also learn setting, character development, and the importance of showing rather than simply telling.  Students will be encouraged to use specifics as well as idiosyncratic rather than obvious details.  Voice remains one of the most vital skills for students to learn and use in writing.

  • Grades 1 -5
  • Grades 6-12

2017/2018 Winter Break Writing Institutes (grades 1 - 12): 

December 26 - 29; 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. (No class on December 25) MEMOIR
$300 + tax per institute

Abraham Maslow’s Nine Childhood Peak Experiences becomes the impetus for our students’ memoirs.  Rather than a typical autobiography that tells the reader about the writer’s date and place of birth, family members, best friends, likes and dislikes, students will write about moments that have had a lasting impact on their lives. Showing rather than telling us about themselves will form a piece of writing that is truly memorable and poignant.

  • Grades 1 - 5 
  • Grades 6 - 12

January 2 - 5, 2018; 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. (No class on January 1) STORYTELLING: CREATIVE NON-FICTION
$300 + tax per institute

This genre give the writer poetic license to fill in the proverbial holes in details that exist in nonfiction. The width and breadth of the many stories students already hold inside of them will be explored as subjects for this institute.  Obake, kupuna, miracles, or even dog, chicken and cat stories can be written along with experiences with any aspect of nature. This institute differs from MEMOIR because students will write in the third-person point of view and use dialogue to tell their stories.  The literary conventions of fiction writing will be taught.

  • Grades 1 - 5 
  • Grades 6 - 12


Adult Classes

Tuition per Course: $500.00 (plus tax)
*Please email yamanakanaau@gmail.com or call 548-NAAU (6228) if you are interested in enrolling in our adult workshops

Course One: Every Kupuna Has a Story
Instructor: Lois-Ann Yamanaka

Each Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. beginning February 14 through April 18, 2017 (10 Weeks).
*Class limited to 5 adult participants

Adult Learners will write their own creative non-fiction stories that document tales to them as children, myths and legends, ancestry, or any topic of their choice. Pariticpants will email or provide enough copies for workshop participants so we can read them before we meet. Our first session will be generated by prompts that assist in discovering poignant moments of times long past that need to be remembered for na keiki. 

Course Two: Author Housewives & Husbands of Honolulu
Instructor: Lois-Ann Yamanaka

Each Thursday at 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. beginning February 16 through April 20, 2017 (10 Weeks).
*Class limited to 5 adult participants

Writing will involve poetry as foundational to all writing to develop pieces that resonate with artistry. From these pieces, participants will be allowed to continue with poetry or fiction using the skills of the poets. Participants will keep Writer's Journals and will find poets with whom they align themselves. Works will be critiqued in weekly sessions.

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