The Aloha Music Camp is a week-long immersion into the music, dance, language and culture of Hawai‘i. Join the Beamer family — famed slack-key guitar pioneer Keola Beamer, kumu hula Moanalani Beamer, and Hawaiian language and culture specialist Kaliko Beamer-Trapp — along with some of the most respected musicians, performers, and instructors in the islands to learn how to play Hawaiian music and experience Hawaiian culture. Camp is held at a carefully selected beach-side setting each year: join us for our sixth Camp at the wonderful Marriott Courtyard Kaua’i at Coconut Beach in March 2019.
Instruction is but one part of the whole experience that makes Aloha Music Camp such a popular gathering year-over-year. Campers return to be inspired by beautiful Hawaiian sunsets, the Pacific breeze blowing through the coconut tress, and the great conversations and time spent with Camp friends who stay in touch all year long between Camps. Each day is spent with other campers learning to play Hawaiian slack key guitar, ʻukulele, or steel guitar; dancing hula, making traditional lei, singing Hawaiian songs, or even building beautiful Hawaiian instruments of their very own. Breakfast, lunch, and evening activities include private Camp-only buffet dining, catching up with friends, and listening to great music and wonderful stories afterwards. The whole experience is interwoven with the magic of aloha.
Aloha Music Camp is presented by Keola Beamer and the Mohala Hou Foundation.
Listen to our quick one-minute introduction. Use the player below to play the audio.
Mohala Hou Foundation
Aloha Music Camp was started in 2001 and has been a project of the non-profit Mohala Hou Foundation since the latter was established in September 2007 to support and promote the teaching and sharing of Hawaiian music, dance, language, and culture.
To learn more about Mohala Hou Foundation, please visit mohalahou.org.
Aloha Music Camp’s Beamer Family
Learn more about the Beamer family members who have been the focal point of Aloha Music Camp since its inception: AMC’s Beamer Family.
The History of Aloha Music Camp
The story starts with a grand “Beamer Rave” at Kamakahonu in Kailua-Kona on Hawaiʻi island in the late 1990s, when close friends and family gathered for one of many multi-day parties that used to be held at various places around the Hawaiian Islands.
One day, as they sat on the lānai (veranda) of Nanialiʻi Thurston’s beautiful home there, Aunty Nona Beamer suggested that it would be “just so wonderful” for others to be able to experience the cultural and musical elements that helped make those gatherings so special.
Fast forward to 2001 at Kalani Honua Retreat in Puna on Hawaiʻi island where the first Aloha Music Camp was held. There have been almost 25 Camps since that time, and we are so happy that we can truly say we have delighted and educated and connected hundreds of people from around the Islands, America, and the whole world, who would probably never have met otherwise.