Camping has never been a huge deal to me, but when my church planned a women’s retreat to the YWCA in Kaneohe, Hawaii, I knew I was ready for a great time! And as predicted, Camp Kokokahi did not disappoint.
The windward side of Oahu, Hawaii is known for its wetter climate, with consistent showers and lush greenery. Personally, I really don’t have much need to venture out and drive to the windward side, since I live on the opposite side of the island and really only travel to downtown Honolulu.
However, in May, my church planned a women’s-only retreat to take a few days off and relax together in fellowship. They chose the YWCA Camp Kokokahi as the camp’s location!
Camp Kokokahi is located in Kaneohe, one of the largest towns on the windward side of Oahu. Kaneohe has got plenty of things to do, its own shopping mall, a marine corp base, pretty beaches, a theater, and plenty of small mom-and-pop shops to check out.
The camp itself is gorgeous – set out right on the bay coast, with views that go out as far as the eye can see. The water is calm, gently rippling against the gravel and sand on shore. The buildings are rustic, with local charm that reflects the beauty of Hawaii and the islands. There are little camp cottages and cabins, where you can choose which rooms you want to reserve.
There’s also a large gathering building where the activities and meetings can be held. We used this room to hang out and play games.
For me, the highlight of the camp was our bonfire.
We set up a huge fire at the camp’s firepit and arranged chairs and stones around the fire so we could gather close, chat, and sing the night away.
There were also snacks provided, the elements to make perfect smores! Who doesn’t love smores?
The fire got pretty big, so we had to come up with creative ways to roast our marshmallows.
All of the girls had a blast at Camp Kokokai, not only because of its beauty and decor, but because it is a small escape from the reality of everyday life in town. We got to relax, unwind, be blessed, and bless each other.