Kamana Beamer

  • Assistant Professor of Hawaiian Studies


Dr. Kamanamaikalani Beamer is an Assistant Professor in the Hui ʻĀina Momona program split between the School of Hawaiian Knowledge and the School of Law. In the Richardson School of Law he is based with the Ka Huli Ao, Center for excellence in Native Hawaiian Law. He received bachelor’s degrees in both Philosophy and Hawaiian Studies in 2002. And a M.A. in 2005 and a PhD in Cultural Geography in 2008. He is a former ʻŌiwi Ake Akamai doctoral fellow as well as Mellon-Hawaii post-doctoral Fellow, and a co-director of the First Nations’ Futures Fellowship Program. His research publications and interest focus on indigenous agency, Native Hawaiian land tenure, and the land and resource law of the Hawaiian Kingdom. He teaches courses on resource management, land tenure, and the Hawaiian Kingdom.

Prior to joining the Richardson School of Law, Kamana worked in resource management with the Kamehameha Schools Land Assets Division, and was the former director of the ʻĀina-based Division of the Kamehameha Schools. His worked there focused around linking community stewardship and capacity building with education across the 360,000 acres of Pauahiʻs Legacy Lands managed by the Kamehameha Schools.

Kamana has been an active member of the Native Hawaiian community through his involvement with traditional Hawaiian resource management initiatives, political activism, and Hawaiian music. He has worked with family restoring loʻi (traditional wet-land taro fields) in Waipiʻo Hawaiʻi and is a songwriter and composer for the Hawaiian music band Kāmau, who released an album titled Live From the Loʻi. Kamana is the son of Kapono Beamer and comes from a long line of Native Hawaiian educators and composers. He credits his grandmother Nona Beamer as his greatest inspiration and motivator. He his wife Lauaʻe and daughter Halialoha now reside on family ʻāina amongst the ua Kīpuʻupuʻu.


K. Beamer, No Mākou Ka Mana—Liberating the Nation, Kamehameha Publications (In Press).

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).

B. Kamanamaikalani Beamer, Nā Wai Ka Mana? ‘Ōiwi Agency and European Imperialism in the Hawaiian Kingdom, PhD Dissertation (2008).

B.K. Beamer, T.K. Duarte, Mapping the Hawaiian Kingdom, A Colonial Venture? Hawaiian Journal of Law and Politics (2) pp. 34-51. (2006).

B. Kamanamaikalani Beamer Huli ka Palena M.A. Thesis (2005).