Welcome to Aloha Music Camp!
The Aloha Music Camp is a week-long immersion into the music, dance, language and culture of Hawai‘i. Join the Beamer ‘ohana — famed slack key pioneer Keola, kumu hula Moanalani Beamer and Hawaiian language specialist Kaliko Beamer-Trapp — along with some of the most respected musicians, performers and instructors in the islands.
Come join the fun. Be inspired by beautiful Hawaiian sunsets. Learn to play slack key guitar, ʻukulele, or steel guitar. Dance hula, make a lei, sing Hawaiian songs, even build a beautiful Hawaiian instrument. Or just listen to some great music and wonderful stories, all interwoven with the magic of aloha.
Aloha Music Camp is presented by Keola Beamer and the Mohala Hou Foundation.
Listen to our Introduction. Click to Play
Diary of a First Timer
By Jo Grant February 2016
You have arrived
You don’t dance, you can’t sing
You don’t play an instrument
You sit at the back to watch
You are met with a soft embrace
and a gift of lei.
As all rise, you hum
quietly as they proudly
Sing a song that is frustratingly familiar
Morning sees you sprinting,
papers clutched in desperation;
That somewhere, somehow you
are missing something.
But even with that fear
You still look seaward for
a sign of whales.
Time passes and by mid-week
You have defined your left
from your right and have
Occasionally moved forward
from the back row.
You see others; covered with
a fine coating of sawdust
Like a fresh malasada
as their very own instrument
Takes shape within their hands.
For others, still, the steel starts to sing
beneath their fingers.
Player and instrument in tune,
Gathering flowers, leaves,
berries, and nuts;
You have formed items of honour and beauty,
and learned the stories of their creation.
You have learned a prayer beyond:
“Oh please. Don’t let me screw up.”
The afternoon and evenings
are a time to share the day’s small victories.
And the music lasts until the stars are gone.
Even now, as time closes in,
you see how everyone has a newly found grace.
In rhythm with the wind and sea,
you feel the power of the land envelope you.
You, who have never hugged a stranger,
now walk open armed.
With a smile like the sunrise
to give and receive what you
Are coming to know as:
Now, this final night, all are gathered for a display
of the items created.
And to mark the achievement of each.
It is a celebration of
all that has transpired
In the shortening time
A blessing is laid, invoking the Spirit of those who came before
to honour the Spirit that has grown within us.
Now, rising, hands joined you can sing:
Not from the page
but from the heart.