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Beamer lectures on living ahupuaa (Nov. 19, Nov. 22)


Kamanamaikalani (Kamana) Beamer, Ph.D., will present a Hawaiian perspective on thriving in a living ahupuaa (Hawaiian land division usually extending from the mountains to the sea) in a Puana Ka Ike (Imparting Knowledge) lecture in Kona and an Eia Hawaii presentation in Hilo.

Beamer will speak on “Living ahupuaa” 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, at the Keauhou Beach Resort Kahaluu III in Kona and noon-1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22, at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, UCB 127.

Kamana Beamer

Beamer received a doctorate degree in geography in 2008 from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and currently serves as the Land Legacy Education Manager of the Land Assets Division at Kamehameha Schools. Beamer was a member of the inaugural cohort of Mellon-Hawaii fellows as a post-doctoral fellow, and he is the author of several articles on Hawaiian land tenure.

Beamer’s extensive research of maps and land records has afforded him a unique insight into the historical shaping of the Hawaiian Kingdom.

Beamer has been an active member of the Native Hawaiian community through his involvement with traditional Hawaiian resource management initiatives, political activism, and Hawaiian music.

He has worked with family restoring loi (traditional wet-land taro fields) in Waipio and is a songwriter and composer for the Hawaiian music band Kamau, whose most recent album is titled “Live From the Loi.”

Beamer comes from a long line of Native Hawaiian educators and composers, and he cites his grandmother Nona Beamer as his greatest mentor.

For more information on Beamer’s presentations, contact Joy Cunefare at 808-534-8528, or email

For lecture schedules and webcasts of previous lectures, visit or

The Puana Ka Ike and Eia Hawaii lecture series are presented in partnership with Keauhou-Kahaluu Education Group of Kamehameha Schools, The Kohala Center, the Kipuka Native Hawaiian Student Center at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and Keauhou Beach Resort.

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