IThe Story behind Hohepa Candles
Hohepa Hawkes Bay is a community nestled between two rivers and the sea offering the
benefits of living, participating, growing and developing in a beautiful natural environment.
We aim to support every individual living and/or working at Hohepa to live their life to their
fullest potential. Our principals are based on the holistic view of the human being which
were developed by Rudolf Steiner.
The Hohepa Candles is one of several work centres
where people learn and master hand-crafts. Our
mission is to bring a bright light into everybody’s
life: the candle makers and our customers.
The candles are hand made from 100% local
beeswax which has been produced by bees roaming
the Hawkes Bay region. Our dedicated staff teach
and enable the candle makers to transform this
natural product into a range of beautiful shining
Candle-making is an ancient craft which connects a sense of aesthetics and beauty with a
highly developed set of skills which suits the workers well – mostly adults with an
intellectual disability. An environment of warmth and colour coupled with a measured
working pace which engages and supports people in their physical, emotional and spiritual
well-being. The workers have the opportunity to selfdevelop beyond productivity, speed and any
They are a part of every step of the process: from
collecting the beeswax in Takapau to pouring, dipping
and colouring candles in the studio, to selling and
distributing it to our partners and retailers. This
enables the candle makers to see the meaning of their
effort and understand the contribution they make to
bringing beauty into customers lives.