University of Hawai‘i
at Mānoa

Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies

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Associate Professor & Cluster Faculty Member

Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies


Dr. Kamanamaikalani Beamer is an associate professor at the Center for Hawaiian Studies in the Hui ‘Āina Momona Program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa with a joint appointment in the Richardson School of Law and the Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge.  Previous to this role Dr. Beamer was the president and chief executive officer of The Kohala Center, where his affiliation with The Kohala Center dates back to his selection as a postdoctoral fellow in the inaugural cohort of the Mellon-Hawai‘i Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in 2008. Beamer’s research on governance, land tenure, and Hawaiian resource management, as well as his prior work as the director of ‘Āina-Based Education at Kamehameha Schools, prepared him for his continuing service as a director of Stanford University’s First Nations Futures Institute, a resource management development program for indigenous leaders developed by Stanford, Kamehameha Schools, and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu in New Zealand.

His research publications and interest focus on indigenous agency, Native Hawaiian land tenure, and the land and resource law of the Hawaiian Kingdom. He teaches courses on resource management, land tenure, and the Hawaiian Kingdom.

Beamer and his ‘ohana have revitalized and maintained lo‘i kalo (taro ponds), providing him and his children opportunities to mālama ‘āina, deepen connections with cultural traditions, and derive leadership lessons from the land. In 2013 he was nominated by Governor Neil Abercrombie and confirmed by the Senate to a four-year appointment on Hawai‘i’s Commission of Water Resource Management. In 2014 Beamer published No Mākou ka Mana: Liberating the Nation, which received multiple awards including the Samuel M. Kamakau Book of the Year Award from the Hawai‘i Book Publishing Association. Kamana is a songwriter and composer for the Hawaiian music band Kāmau, who released an album titled Live From the Loʻi. Kamana comes from a long line of Native Hawaiian educators and composers and is the son of Kapono Beamer and grandson of Nona Beamer.

Book Publications

K. Beamer, No Mākou Ka Mana—Liberating the Nation, Kamehameha Publishing, (2014).

International and National Peer Reviewed Journals

K. Beamer, L. Gonschor, “Toward an inventory of ahupua‘a in the Hawaiian Kingdom: A survey of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century cartographic and archival records of the island of Hawai‘i,” The Hawaiian Journal of History, (In Press).

K. Beamer, “Ke ao naʻauao maoli,” Aboriginal Education World, No. 47. (2012).

K. Beamer, “Ali‘i Selective Appropriation of Modernity—Examining Colonial Assumptions In Hawai‘i Prior to 1893,” AlterNative An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples (5) pp. 138-155. (2009).

B.K. Beamer, T.K. Duarte, “I palapala no ia aina—Documenting the Hawaiian Kingdom, A Colonial Venture?” The Journal of Historical Geography (35) pp. 66-86. (2009).

Book Chapters

Kamanamaikalani B. Beamer, “He aliʻi ka ʻĀina” in, I Ulu I Ka ʻĀina: The Hawaiʻinuiākea Monograph Series Vol II, University of Hawaiʻi Press & HSHK, Honolulu: (Osorio, Andrews, & Benham eds., December 2013).

Kamanamaikalani B. Beamer and Peter Vitousek, “Traditional Ecological Values, Knowledge, and Practices in Twenty-First Century Hawaiʻi” in, Linking Ecology and Ethics for a Changing World, Cary Conference Proceedings, Springer Press, New York: (Rozzi, Pickett, & Palmer eds., December 2013).

Kamanamaikalani B. Beamer, “Tūtū’s aloha ʻāina grace” in, The Value of Hawai’i 2: Ancestral Roots, Oceanic Visions. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu: (Goodyear-Kaʻopua &Yamashiro eds., 2014).