Enthusiasts of Hawaiian song, dance and culture will converge on the grounds of Keauhou Beach Resort this year for Aloha Music Camp. Two weeklong retreats are scheduled in 2012 – 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 artisans of all ages and skill levels interested in receiving lessons from top island musicians and performing artists to enhance their musical talents.
“This is the fourth year Keauhou Beach Resort has hosted Aloha Music Camp and each year we look forward to the grounds coming alive with the unique sights and sounds of Hawaii,” said Jim Heather, general manager at Keauhou Beach Resort. “From the classes being offered and Keauhou’s historic grounds, travelers can find a refreshingly authentic experience of our island home.”
Presented by Keola Beamer and the Mohala Hou Foundation, 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 celebrated 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 for those who want to tag along to paradise. Accommodations are not included in camp rates. Registration is now being accepted for both Aloha Music Camp sessions. To register, please visitwww.alohamusiccamp.com. Camp participants can also make room reservations through this website or by calling the Keauhou Beach Resort Reservations Department at 808-324-2515.
Keauhou Beach Resort is offering Aloha Music Camp participants special rates starting at $130 for an ocean view room or $140 for deluxe ocean view accommodations. Guests will be able to take advantage of the hotel’s free breakfast buffet as well as complimentary amenities and services including:
- Free cultural activities, including lei making, Hawaiian language lessons, hula and ukulele lessons, lauhala (pandanus leaves) weaving, and more.
- Free Internet access in all guest rooms – including complimentary Wi-Fi in the hotel lobby
- Free local and long distance calls to the mainland U.S. and Canada (for the first 15 minutes)
- Free use of in-room safe
- Free in-room coffee and tea
Additional amenities in and around the resort include a swimming pool, the Kalona Salon & Spa and Kahalu’u Beach Park, an excellent snorkeling beach adjacent to the hotel. Each hotel room features air conditioning, a balcony, refrigerator, and daily maid service to ensure island-style comfort.
For additional information on the hotel’s services and amenities, please visit www.keauhoubeachresort.com.