Native Hawaiian Artists Honored With Arts and Cultures Foundation Fellowships

From a national call for entries to American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) has awarded 2014 NACF Artist Fellowships to Kaili Chun (Honolulu), Keola Beamer (Lahaina), Micah Kamohoali’i (Kamuela) and Patrick Makuakāne (San Francisco). Installation artist Chun received a NACF Visual Arts Fellowship and singer/song-writer Beamer was awarded a music fellowship. Kumu hula Kamohoali’i and Makuakāne each received 2014 NACF Dance Fellowships.

Micah Kamohoali'i (Native Hawaiian), Kamuela, Hawaii, Dance Fellowship

Micah Kamohoali’i (Native Hawaiian), Kamuela, Hawaii, Dance Fellowship

The four Native Hawaiian artists are among 16 American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiians selected to receive the 2014 award. Each year, the Native-led arts foundation awards fellowships to recognize exceptional Native artists who have made a significant impact in the fields of dance, film, literature, music, traditional and visual arts. In past years, singer Raiatea Helm, slack-key master Cyril Pahinui, dancer/choreographer Christopher K. Morgan, filmmaker Christen Marquez and visual artist Kapulani Landgraf were honored with this award. For 2014, the foundation awarded $220,000 to support individual artists through NACF Artist Fellowships ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 per artist.

Keola Beamer (Native Hawaiian), Lahaina, Hawaii, Music Fellowship

Keola Beamer (Native Hawaiian), Lahaina, Hawaii, Music Fellowship

“It is our honor to present a dynamic new cohort of NACF Artist Fellows for 2014,” said NACF Program Director Reuben Roqueñi (Yaqui/Mexican). “Native artists are taking leadership in addressing critical issues across the country and act as catalysts for change in our communities. The fellowships support these artists as they delve deeper into their practices and cultivate their artistic voices to transport and inspire us. We celebrate their adventurous and creative spirits.”

List of 2014 NACF Artist Fellows:

  • Keola Beamer (Native Hawaiian), Lahaina, Hawaii, Music Fellowship
  • Raven Chacon (Navajo), Albuquerque, N.M., Music Fellowship
  • Eddie Chuculate (Muscogee Creek/Cherokee), Muskogee, Okla., Literature Fellowship
  • Kaili Chun (Native Hawaiian), Honolulu, Visual Arts Fellowship
  • Santee Frazier (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma), Syracuse, N.Y., Literature Fellowship
  • Jeremy Frey (Passamaquoddy), Indian Island, Maine, Traditional Arts Fellowship
  • Shan Goshorn (Eastern Band of Cherokee), Tulsa, Okla., Traditional Arts Fellowship
  • Melissa Henry (Navajo), Rehoboth, N.M., Film Fellowship
  • Micah Kamohoali’i (Native Hawaiian), Kamuela, Hawaii, Dance Fellowship
  • Billy Luther (Navajo/Hopi/Laguna), Los Angeles, Film Fellowship
  • Patrick Makuakāne (Native Hawaiian), San Francisco, Dance Fellowship
  • Nora Naranjo-Morse (Tewa-Santa Clara Pueblo), Espanola, N.M., Visual Arts Fellowship
  • Da-ka-xeen Mehner (Tlingit/N’ishga), Fairbanks, Alaska, Visual Arts Fellowship
  • Israel Shotridge (Tlingit), Vashon, Wash., Traditional Arts Fellowship
  • Brooke Swaney (Blackfeet/Salish), Polson, Mont., Film Fellowship
  • David Treuer (Ojibwe), Claremont, Calif., Literature Fellowship

Since 2010, the foundation has supported 85 Native artists and organizations in 22 states with $1,602,000 in assistance, including awards to the Hula Preservation Society, the Moku O Keawe Foundation, the PA’I Foundation and the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus. The generosity of arts patrons, the Ford Foundation and Native Nations allows the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation to support the vibrant arts and cultures of American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian peoples. To read more about these Native Hawaiian fellowship grantees and all the talented 2014 NACF Artist Fellows, visit:


4th Annual Aloha Music Camp Retreats Scheduled

Enthusiasts of Hawaiian song, dance and culture will converge on the grounds of Keauhou Beach Resort this year for Aloha Music Camp. Two weeklong retreats are scheduled in 2012 – February 5 – 11 and July 1-7.

Each retreat will feature classes in ukulele, slack key guitar, hula, oli (chant) and Hawaiian storytelling as well as cultural activities including lei making and crafting instruments. Registration is currently open for artisans of all ages and skill levels interested in receiving lessons from top island musicians and performing artists to enhance their musical talents.

“This is the fourth year Keauhou Beach Resort has hosted Aloha Music Camp and each year we look forward to the grounds coming alive with the unique sights and sounds of Hawaii,” said Jim Heather, general manager at Keauhou Beach Resort. “From the classes being offered and Keauhou’s historic grounds, travelers can find a refreshingly authentic experience of our island home.”

Presented by Keola Beamer and the Mohala Hou Foundation, Aloha Music Camp features contextual learning modeled after the teaching structure of Old Hawaii. Classes are small to allow ample one-on-one interaction with world-class musicians and performing artists. The February camp will feature the following celebrated local instructors:

  • Alan Akaka, steel guitar
  • Kaliko Beamer-Trapp, Hawaiian language and ukulele
  • Keola Beamer, slack key guitar
  • Moanalani Beamer, hula and lei making
  • Dr. Samual Gon III, oli (chant)
  • Uluwehi Guerrero, hula
  • Ozzie Kotani, slack key guitar
  • Dennis Lake, ukulele building
  • Herb Ohta, Jr., ukulele
  • Anakala Philipo Solatario, storytelling and kukakuka (discussion)

Participation in Aloha Music Camp is $1,400 for adults and $600 for children 12 years of age or younger and includes daily instruction, concert, “talk story” sessions and all lunches and dinners throughout the week of camp. A non-instructional adult rate is available for partners or spouses at $1,000 and includes participation in all events and meals for those who want to tag along to paradise. Accommodations are not included in camp rates. Registration is now being accepted for both Aloha Music Camp sessions. To register, please visit Camp participants can also make room reservations through this website or by calling the Keauhou Beach Resort Reservations Department at 808-324-2515.

Keauhou Beach Resort is offering Aloha Music Camp participants special rates starting at $130 for an ocean view room or $140 for deluxe ocean view accommodations.