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KAMANAMAIKALANI BEAMER: Associate Professor,   Kamakakūokalani

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.  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

K. Beamer, M. Corry, Waiwai–Water and the Future of Hawaiʻi (currently undercontract University of Hawaiʻi Press)

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

International and National Peer Reviewed Journals

K. Beamer, J Osorio, Sullying the Scholar’s Craft: An Essay and Criticism of Judge James Burns’ Crown Lands Trust Article University of Hawaiʻi Law Review , vol. 39 No. 2  (2017). 

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

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, “ʻŌiwi Leadership and 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, “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).



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