Hawaii Island Resort Offers Music Classes

Enthusiasts of Hawaiian song, dance and culture will gather Keauhou Beach Resort this year for the Aloha Music Camp. Two weeklong retreats are scheduled for February 5 – 11 and July 1-7. Each retreat will feature classes in ukulele, slack key guitar, hula, oli (chant) and Hawaiian storytelling as well as cultural activities including lei making and crafting instruments. Registration is currently open for artists of all ages and skill levels.

The Aloha Music Camp features contextual learning modeled after the teaching structure of Old Hawaii. Classes are small to allow ample one-on-one interaction with world-class musicians and performing artists. The February camp will feature the following local instructors:

·         Alan Akaka, steel guitar
·         Kaliko Beamer-Trapp, Hawaiian language and ukulele
·         Keola Beamer, slack key guitar
·         Moanalani Beamer, hula and lei making
·         Dr. Samual Gon III, oli (chant)
·         Uluwehi Guerrero, hula
·         Ozzie Kotani, slack key guitar
·         Dennis Lake, ukulele building
·         Herb Ohta, Jr., ukulele
·         Anakala Philipo Solatario, storytelling and kukakuka (discussion)
Participation in Aloha Music Camp is $1,400 for adults and $600 for children 12 years of age or younger and includes daily instruction, concert, “talk story” sessions and all lunches and dinners throughout the week of camp. A non-instructional adult rate is available for partners or spouses at $1,000 and includes participation in all events and meals. Accommodations are not included in camp rates. Registration is now being accepted for both Aloha Music Camp sessions. To register and for more information (and for reservations), visit www.alohamusiccamp.com.

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