Hawaiʻi educator, author, composer and entertainer Winona Kapuailohiamanonokalani Desha Beamer was honored with a posthumous Regents’ Medal of Distinction during the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s December 2008 commencement.
UH President David McClain and Regent Teena Rasmussen presented the medal to Kumu Beamer’s son Kapono Beamer and grandson Kamana Beamer during ceremonies at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The younger Beamer received his PhD in geography earlier in the ceremony.
“Aunty Nona” integrated Hawaiian values into the Kamehameha Schools curriculum. She classified hundreds of distinct ancient hula types and was the first person to apply Labanotation, a method for recording dance movement to hula.