The first in a pair of events that feature unrivaled authenticity is coming up this February, and it's not too late to join the party.
The Beamer family of Moloka'i is preparing the hukilau nets and guitar strings for the first Aloha Music Camp, set for the week of February 3rd through 9th. The affair, which takes place at the Lodge & Beach Village at Moloka'i Ranch, is open to anyone with a desire to learn slack key guitar, ukulele, Hawaiian language and hula from one of Hawaii's most musically proficient families.
Beamers trace their roots to the mid 1400's, and include among their ancestry Queen Ahiakumai Ki'eiki'e and Ho'olulu, a child of the favored wife of King Kamehameha I. The Beamers invite family friends -- all historians and cultural advisors in their own right -- to partake in various events, which include lei making, story telling and other craft making.
Perhaps most widely know is Keola Beamer, who's pioneering slack key guitar style is acclaimed island chain-wide. Keola's wife Moanalani teaches hula, while his mother Nona spins stories and songs of old Hawaii. Brother Kaliko Beamer-Trapp offers his skills as a Hawaiian linguist and ukulele builder to those with interests in either. Other respected teachers include Robyn Mahealani Kneubuhl (ukulele and hula), Sonny Lim (guitar), Geri Valdriz (steel guitar) and Dennis Lake (ukulele), to name a few.
A unique twist to this year's camp will be authentic food preparation demonstrations by Chef Elmer Guzman of the "The Poke Stop" restaurant on Oahu. Guzman will share his prized poke recipes, as well as sessions on how to prepare reef fish and laulau.
"More than a workshop, the Aloha Music Camp immerses you in the true spirit of Aloha," said Keola Beamer. "You don't need to be a musician or dancer. The Camp is open to anyone who simply enjoys Hawai'i and wants to experience the culture firsthand."
Guests of the Aloha Music Camp will stay at the Moloka'i Ranch's Beach Village, a swath of eco-friendly, canvas-framed "tentalows" on elevated platforms with plush queen-sized beds, bathrooms with hot running water and solar powered lights. The private lanais of each tentalow face a beautiful span of secluded, white sand beach.
Cost to attend Aloha Music Camp is $2,150 per person ($600 for children under 12). The fee is inclusive of 6-nights accommodations, meals, workshops and evening performances.
There next Aloha Music Camp session will is June 23 through 28, 2008.
Visit www.AlohaMusicCamp.com more information and booking details. Or call (808) 270-3090.