Na Hoku award-winning singer/songwriter Keola Beamer of Lahaina has received a music fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.
He was one of four Native Hawaiian artists to receive a fellowship of between $10,000 and $20,000 per artist, a news release said. The other Native Hawaiian winners were Kaili Chun of Honolulu, who received a visual arts fellowship; Micah Kamohoali'i of Kamuela on the Big Island, a dance fellowship; and Patrick Makuakane of San Francisco, a dance fellowship.
They were among 16 artists of American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian descent to win 2014 NACF Artist Fellowships.
Each year, the native-led arts foundation awards fellowships to recognize exceptional native artists who have made a significant impact in the fields of dance, film, literature, music, traditional and visual arts, the news release said. In past years, singer Raiatea Helm and slack-key master Cyril Pahinui received the award.
"Native artists are taking leadership in addressing critical issues across the country and act as catalysts for change in our communities," said NACF Program Director Reuben Roqueni. "The fellowships support these artists as they delve deeper into their practices and cultivate their artistic voices to transport and inspire us. We celebrate their adventurous and creative spirits."