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Dr. Kamanamaikalani Beamer is a 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.  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.

Beamer has 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 and confirmed to a four-year appointment on Hawai‘i’s Commission of Water Resource Management and was reconfirmed in 2017 for an additional four-year term. In addition to numerous academic publications, 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.

Book Publications

Beamer, Waiwai?—Water and the Future of Hawai‘i, (currently being placed into manuscript form).

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

International and National Peer Reviewed Journals

Beamer, Kawika Winter, Et. Al. The Moku System: Managing biocultural resources for abundance within social-ecological regions. Sustainability, Sustainable Use of the Environment and Resources, Special Issue on Biocultural Restoration in Hawaiʻi. (2018)

Beamer, J. Osorio, Sullying the Scholars Craft: An Essay and Criticism of Judge James S. Burns Crown Lands Trust Article, University of Hawai‘i Law Review, vol. 39 No.2 (2017).

Beamer, W. Tong, The Mahele Did What? Hulili Multidisciplinary Research on Native Hawaiian Well Being, vol. 10 (2016).

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, vol. 48 (2014).

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

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 Beamer, “The Kingdom of Hawaiʻi,” in Voting and Political Representation in America:  Issues and Trends, Edited by Mark P. Jones.  Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO (Forthcoming 2019)

Kamanamaikalani  Beamer, “Only 20 Ahupuaʻa Away,” In Detours: A Decolonial Guide to Hawaiʻi Aikau, Hokulani K. and Vernadette V. Gonzalez, editors. (Duke University Press, forthcoming Fall 2019).

Kamanamaikalani  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).

Kamanamaikalani Beamer, “ʻŌiwi Leadership and ʻĀinain, I Ulu I Ka ʻĀina: The Hawaiʻinuiākea Monograph Series Vol II, University of Hawaiʻi Press & HSHK, Honolulu: (Osorio, Andrews, & Benham eds., December 2013).

Kamanamaikalani  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).

Panels, Presentations and Keynote Addresses

Keynote Speaker, He Au Honua Indigenous Research ConferenceMaui, HI (2019)

Keynote Speaker, Hoʻoulu Hawaiʻi—King Kalākaua Era at Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu (2018)

Graduation Speaker, First Nations Futures Institute Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, (2018)

Science, Culture, and Agriculture: using the past to inform our future, Stanford University, Palo Alto CA.   (2018)

Aloha ʻĀina and Circular Economies Presenter, University of Augsburg Germany (2018)

Plenary Speaker, 2nd Annual Hawaii-Germany Clean Energy SymposiumHonolulu, HI (2018)

Panelist, “Balancing Competing Water Demands Under the Public Trust Doctrine—Exploring the Decision to Amend East Maui’s Interim In-stream Flow Standards. Hawaii State Bar Association, Honolulu, HI                          (2018)

Plenary Speaker, Pīkoʻokoʻo Hawaiian Place of Learning Conference, Honolulu, HI (2018)

Keynote Speaker,USGS Water Conference, Honolulu, HI (2017)

Panel Presenter, Hawaiʻi Congress of Planning Officials, Honolulu, HI, (2017)

Plenary Speaker, Ike Wai Water Conference EPSCOR Hawaii State Conference, Honolulu, HI (2017)

Plenary Speaker, American College of Trial Lawyers, Wailea, Maui (2016)

Plenary Speaker, Hawai‘i Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations Conference, Honolulu, Hawai‘i (2015)

Keynote Speaker, Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference, Hilo, Hawaiʻi(2015)

Indigenous Forum PanelistFoodand Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy (2015)

Hawaiʻiʻs Ahupuaʻa: Mapping a NationThe Hawaiian Historical Society, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. (2015)

World Parks Congress Conference Invitation, Australia (2014)

Koe Nae Ke Kuleana, Uncovering Hawaiian Rights in the Lands of Hawaii: Indigenous Agency and Trust Relationships in Hybrid Situations, Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, Austin, Texas (2014)

Ascent: Building a secure and Sustainable Water and Energy Future in Hawaiʻi, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi (2014)

Aloha ʻĀina resource management, Hawaiʻi Ecosystems Conference, Hilo, Hawaii, (2013)

Ke ʻano o ke kolea—An introduction to Hawaiian place, Conference on U.S. Recreational Water Quality Criteria: A Vision for the future, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi (2013)

He aliʻi kaʻāina,ʻAha Nauā Lelepā ʻŌiwi Leadership Institute, Kamehameha Schools, Kona, Hawaii. (2013)

 Science, Culture, and Agriculture: using the past to inform our future, Stanford University, Palo Alto CA.

Curriculum Vitae: Kamanamaikalani Beamer

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