Island Breeze Ministries and Makapala Retreat Center
Welcome to Island Breeze Ministries – Makapala. The Makapala Christian Retreat Center is a beautiful oasis at the end of the road on the northern tip of the Big Island of Hawai’i. It is home to Island Breeze Ministries Hawaii, a 501-c3 non-profit organization. Here, we host many community projects, youth events, and health & wellness retreats, and cultural exchange programs.
Island Breeze Hawai’i is a multi-ethnic worldwide community of Christians, committed to the mission of equipping and releasing all nations, tribes, people and languages–wherever they may be– to use the power and beauty of significant indigenous cultural expressions to proclaim and establish the Kingdom of God within the nations of the world.
Aloha from the Makapala Retreat Center (MRC), We hope you and your ‘ohana are well as we all work to protect our communities in these remarkable times. Across the nation and here in Hawai’i, all community activities and gatherings have been placed at a standstill for the foreseeable future. This is being done in order to protect the health and wellbeing of our kupuna and […]
It is with a heavy heart that we are informing you that the 2020 Spring Camp Lokahi (March 16-19, 2020) is cancelled. This is not a decision that our staff made lightly or have come to quickly. With the recent events concerning Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), we sought to gain as much information as quickly as possible, as our desire at camp is to provide a […]
Aloha ‘Ohana, Today, we embark on our Year-End Fundraising Campaign. Our goal is to raise $15,000 by December 31st. This will to help us start off 2020 with a portion of the $125,000 we need to repair the facilities and to provide continued community engagement and programs for the year. We can’t do it without your help! Makapala Retreat Center (MRC), located in North […]
Over the years, hundreds of lives have been impacted by the people and programs here at the Makapala Retreat Center. Here are a some of their stories.
“Makapala is home to many and a place where so many have been impacted and poured into.” – Mikala Fernandez(click here to read more)
“I help yearly with children & teen camps as well as bringing my own youth with fellow team members to enjoy all what Makapala offers. I use a wheelchair to go everywhere and to do everything…” – Jonas Mahoe(click here to read more)
“What i learned so far at this camp they’re like a really huge family…and the testimonies were really relatable to us…and we were able to relate to that so we would know we’re not the only ones that are struggling.” – Linensa (click here to watch the FCC video testimony)
We currently have numerous facility renovation projects in the works and many ongoing property maintenance needs. When you invest in the Makapala Retreat Center, you not only invest in the building and property, but you invest in the lives of those who come through this special place.
If you would like to make a monetary donation, please click here for more information.
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Camp Lokahi 2021 SPRING dates: TBD Kids Camp – Ages 9-12 Download APPLICATIONS HERE. ((Looking to STAFF camp? Fill out the form and let us know here.)) Keep updated here, on our Facebook Page, or Instagram! Camp Lokahi is a Christian based camp like no other. The campers have opportunities to take part in “track” events such as Photography, Creative Art and Film Entertainment, Music […]
An annual event to honor our Kupuna (elders). We recognize that we need our Kupuna the guidance and lessons they teach are invaluable to a well and resilient community. The night is an event that our Kupuna look forward to throughout the year. We use many of MRC programs, other community partners, mentorship programs and local businesses in this effort of honor and connection of […]
We at Island Breeze Ministries are blessed to have the Makapala Retreat Center as our home base. It is also a place where many others have found the peace and tranquillity they needed to rest and/or refocus themselves. The Makapala Retreat Center is available for rent to other non-profit organizations such as YWAM, churches, and other groups such as AA and NA. Group sizes range from 5-100 and stay for 2-14 […]
The Work and The Need THE WORK… Faith. Family. Community. Culture. These values are the driving force behind everything we do here at Island Breeze Makapala (IBMakapala). We are located at the Makapala Retreat Center. Our mission is to support our local and native communities through programs that engage the mind, body, and spirit. Two of our main programs/events that we run here at […]
Camp Lokahi is a Christian based camp like no other. The campers have opportunities to take part in “track” events such as Photography, Creative Art and Film Entertainment, Music and Airsoft. Unique theme nights have become a camper favorite, with decorations, costumes, and skits. Many of the campers come from low income or at-risk homes, which brings the needs for sponsorship for several local youth.
What is Camp Lokahi?
Camp Lokahi is a 4 day (3 nights) youth camp, which is run during most school breaks. It was founded in 2006 with the help of a group from Eagle’s Nest Ranch in Alberta, Canada. A typical day includes :
Track events (ex. Airsoft, Video or Dance, etc)
Cabin activities (like crafts, archery, and slip & slide)
BASH games (a large cabin vs. cabin theme game)
Theme Dinners ( ex.Wreck it Ralph, Alice in Wonderland, and The Hobbit)
Awesome Chapel Services with Worship, memory verse competition, and a speaker
Improv. Comedy show
Who is Camp Lokahi for?
Camp Lokahi is for all kids 9-12 years of age who are looking for a place to come during school breaks where they can have FUN, make friends and learn about God!
Do you have anything for teenagers?
Yes! We do a TEEN camp for 13-17 year olds during the Summer break. This is generally 3 days (2 nights) and the day activities and chapel time is more catered to that age group.
Where is Camp Lokahi?
Camp Lokahi is located at the Makapala Retreat Center in Kapaau, North Kohala, Hawaii which is located on Hwy 270 (Akoni Pule Hwy) just beyond Mile Market 27. We are just 2 miles before the end of the road (Pololu Valley).
Who runs Camp Lokahi?
Camp Lokahi is run by the staff of Island Breeze Ministries- Makapala, who are caretakers of the Makapala Retreat Center. The mission of Island Breeze is “To know God and make Him known through His inherent gifts and expressions to the nations”. Island Breeze is under the umbrella of Youth With a Mission (YWAM).
Why Camp Lokahi?
Each and every one of the staff and helpers for camp are 100% volunteers. No one makes a dime! Every volunteer comes out for one reason: To show your kids what a good time with God can look like! We have over 6 years of experience and are always trying to make new changes and keep taking camp to the next level!
How do I register my child?
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 889-5082. The cost for camp is $150 including housing, activities, and all meals while here! (Partial scholarship might be available for those who might need financial assistance)
How you can get involved?
Send! Send your kids to camp!! Invite their friends! If you don’t have kids, send a neighbor kid or a grandchild! Serve! As already mentioned, we cannot run this camp without volunteers! We are always looking for people to commit to coming out for the 4 days to help make camp a success. That might be through counseling or heading up décor, or running a Track activity. We do ask that volunteers be at least 18 years of age, have a heart for youth and are prepared to come ready to serve!
Sponsor! Each camp, there are at least a handful of kids who want to come out, but cannot afford it! We try to find sponsors for these kids. Generally, we offer them “partial” scholarships so that more kids can have assistance.
Support! Even though there is a cost for the kids to attend camp, we charge pretty much exactly what it costs us in order to keep costs low for the kids! However, there are often large purchases that need to be made, etc and having the funds to warrant these purchases is one of our biggest prayer requests!
For more Camp Lokahi videos, click the link to our Camp Lokahi YouTube page, HERE.