Hawaii Pleinair Painting Retreat

October 20th – 26th, 2024
Pleinair Painting on the Big Island of Hawaii 

Join us on the lush Big Island of Hawaii!

Hawaii Pleinair Painting Retreat

October 20th – 26th, 2024

Are you a person who loves adventures that include travel and making art?

Have you longed for a creative getaway with a group of kindred spirits?

Do you get inspired by breathtaking coastal views surrounded by the lush tropics?



Paint the colorful tropics in Hawaii! All levels welcome.

Abbie painting on the red road

Your host Abbie Rabinowitz, artist, teacher, and retreat facilitator. Painting one of the magical tree tunnels on the famous “Red Road” that winds along the south east coast of the Big Island.

Our Promise

In this Hawaii Pleinair Painting Retreat, you will find inspiration at every turn! Located along the scenic black lava coastline and lush island tropics, with gentle support and artistic guidance, you will learn and practice the basic steps and painting skills needed to create a successful pleinair painting, skills that will enable you to make artwork you truly love long after the retreat is over.

Makakau painting on easel

Hawaii Pleinair Painting Retreat

Explore the beauty of the Big Island while you expand your creativity. Have fun while practicing and learning new skills in this 6-day Hawaii Pleinair Painting Retreat, designed to delight nature lovers and artists of all levels. Paint with your choice of medium: oil, acrylic, watercolor, or pastel.

• Painting en pleinair landscapes daily with guided instruction
• Sharing two healthy, organic meals a day
• Soaking in naturally geothermal heated warm ponds
• Viewing the newest land and beaches on the planet
• Exploring local scenic and cultural hot spots
• Hike in Volcano National Park to see currently flowing lava!

Yoga, Sound Healing, Massage, EFT, Watsu, and other healing modalities

Over the 5 days of the retreat, we will choose from dozens of possible adventures and scenic painting spots, all within a short drive or walk. 

Tropical landscapes & seascapes
Exotic trees, palms, flowers, and fruits
Brand new ‘lavascapes
Earlybird sunrise over the ocean 

Most painting will be outdoors, though Abbie’s beautiful, light-filled studio will be available for students to paint indoors if they choose. All levels of experience are welcome!

Jeannie watercolor painting

All mediums welcome: watercolor, acrylics, oils, or pastels.

Alanui Kahakai loose pleinair

Acrylic on canvas, pleinair painting by Abbie Rabinowitz. A view along the scenic coastal ‘Red Road’ on the Big Island.


Monday to Friday: Your body will be lovingly fed two delicious island fresh organic homemade meals each day.
AdditionalSunday arrival dinner and Saturday brunch!

Feast on the many amazing fresh fruits and veggies that grow in the rich volcanic soil of the Big Island, plus fish from the bountiful sea and locally raised chicken and grass-fed beef.
• Fresh island fish
Garden-grown veggies
• Local tropical fruit
• Locally sourced organic food

You will enjoy dining outdoors on Abbie’s lanai. Her art studio adjoins her garden, complete with banana and papaya trees.
Pick fruit directly from her trees!

Lunch on the lanai

Enjoying mealtime together outdoors on Abbie’s lanai.


Mealtime is often the time when our artists will relax together and engage in lively discussions of the day’s events, and Chef Robin’s culinary gifts just add to the great experience. She can further provide scrumptious alternatives to those with restricted diets, so please let us know if you have unique requirements in your diet and we will make sure we are well prepared.

Robin’s bountiful multi-dish meals are a much-anticipated treat, not once but twice a day! She loves delighting us with Hawaii’s best seasonal offerings. Artfully prepared to nourish our artistic souls. – Susan Taylor, Chicago

Robin is a master planner when it comes to designing meals to meet a variety of dietary needs. No one goes without satisfying their pallet and appetite! She is an awesome cook! – Lisa Tousignant, Colorado


• Geothermal fed warm ponds
• Black Sand beaches (clothing optional)
• Miles of amazing coastal scenic beauty on the Red Road
Lava viewing and tours
• Uncle Robert’s famous Wednesday night market with local music and food vendors

Other Optional Outings
• Pahoa Town, a delightful hippie enclave with shops and restaurants
Old Hilo Town with its historic old buildings & galleries
• Volcano Art Center in Volcanoes National Park

Lava rock coast and surf just minutes from my studio.


You can choose from a large variety of Airbnb and local vacation rentals. These include bungalows, homes, and apartments, ranging from luxury accommodations to glamping, all located by Puna’s most beautiful scenic byway, the Kalapana Kapoho Beach Road, aka ‘Red Road’. Most of these rentals are reasonably priced and likely well within your budget.

My team and I will gladly assist you in finding comfortable lodging for you in our local vicinity.

airbnb 4 pics

Many unique and affordable vacation rentals are available in our local beach community.

Abbie Rabinowitz and Robin Worley are island residents, artists, and all-round fun people!
We are super eager to share our love of nature, art, and healthy eating at the next Hawaii Pleinair Painting Retreat this year in Hawaii. Feel free to contact us with any questions you have.

We look forward to seeing you!

Abbie at art show

Abbie Rabinowitz. Retreat Faciliator and Art Instructor
Aloha! I am a fine artist (MFA) and I’m insanely inspired by the Big Island and passionate about sharing my inspiration with others.

I’ve been painting en pleinair landscapes along the Red Road in Hawaii for over 25 years. As an award-winning pleinair landscape painter and experienced instructor, I welcome students of all levels. I will facilitate your experience with encouragement and gentle critique.

Whether you are newbie in pleinair painting or a seasoned artist, I will work with you at a level that is most comfortable for you.

Robin and food
Delicious and well-rounded nutritious meals will once again be provided twice daily by Chef Robin Worley. She is already dreaming up a fabulous fare of omnivore, vegetarian and/or vegan menu options for 2023. The menu will include some old favorites and some new thoughtfully designed, mouth-watering, wholesome dishes created from locally grown organic ingredients.

Robin truly enjoys growing food, as well as creating with locally produced ingredients to offer you an exotic island-style global cuisine. She is an artist herself who works in fashion design and 3-dimensional multi-media art as well as painting, and of course… the Art of Cuisine!

I didn’t know anything about the goddess Pele or the volcano, just that there was this most recent eruption.  That I was so pulled to the lava rock still intrigues me and I’ve been amazed as I’ve researched the event and the mythology of Pele, after the fact of the retreat.  And so, the Tropical Art Retreat experience continues to reveal deep meaning for me, to me, and about me, which is one of the reasons I go on art retreats…to learn more about myself and fall more deeply in love with the unique expression I am. I have continuous gratitude to you for creating this experience and for nurturing us all, body and mind and emotions, along the way.
Lisa Tousignant - Retreat participant

Workshop Pricing

Only $1750 early bird registration until June 30, 2024
Retreat date: October 20th – 26th, 2024

Payment is due when you register online.

Space is limited. Early registration is encouraged.
We are choosing to keep this group small to optimize the experience and comfort level for all attendees.

• 2 daily meals ~ fresh, local & organic
• Sunday arrival dinner and Saturday departure breakfast included.
• Four hours of daily art instruction
• Guided excursions
• Tons of ALOHA!

Art Supply Kit:
Students have the option of purchasing a painting supply kit that includes watercolor and/or acrylic paints, brushes, paper, canvas, and any other art materials they will need during the painting retreat in Hawaii. Please contact me if you would like me to reserve a kit for you.

Full-refund (minus credit charge fee) if canceled by July 31st
Half-refund (minus credit charge fee) if canceled by August 31st
No refund if canceled after September 1st

Note: Price does not include accommodation, airfare, or car service. Excursions will require the use of personal vehicles. There are many reasonably priced and unique vacation rentals available locally. We are happy to help coordinate shared car rentals and suggest local vacation rentals.

Check out photos of previous retreats: 2020, 2022