Documentary about Beamer to be shown at Volcano Art Center


Filmmaker Linda Kane’s “Nona Beamer: A Legacy of Aloha” is more than a documentary about a remarkable Hawaiian woman.

This feature-length documentary lovingly portrays Nona Beamer through stories told by the many people who were influenced and changed by her.

Beamer came from a long family line of Hawaiian music and hula.

As a child, she ran headlong into the missionary influences that suppressed the Hawaiian language and culture well into the 20th century. Musician, hula dancer, composer and teacher, she was a major force behind the Hawaiian Cultural Renaissance of the 1970s.

See the film at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 21, in Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus great room. Questions will be answered by Kane after the screening.

Stories, songs, and hula from her students, friends and colleagues paint an unforgettable picture of the woman affectionately called “Aunty Nona.”

Kane said the film “is my way of thanking Aunty Nona for all she has done. Most of all, I hope it will continue to spread her aloha.”

Suggested donation to benefit the Volcano Art Center is $5. Reservations are not required.

Visit www.volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-8222 for more information.

The Volcano Art Center is a nonprofit educational organization created in 1974 to promote, develop and perpetuate the artistic and cultural heritage of Hawaii’s people and environment through activities in the visual, literary and performing arts.

 

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