National Heritage Fellows

 

To honor and preserve our nation’s diverse cultural heritage, the National Endowment for the Arts annually awards up to eight NEA National Heritage Fellowships to master folk and traditional artists. These fellowships recognize lifetime achievement, artistic excellence, and contributions to our nation’s traditional arts heritage.

The National Heritage Fellowships were established in 1982. To date, 13 artists in Hawaiian music and hula have been nationally recognized. The links will take you to the artist profile page on the NEA website.

2017:  Cyril Pahinui, slack key guitarist

2011:  Ledward Kaʻapana, ʻukulele and slack key guitarist

2007:  Eddie Kamae, Hawaiian musician, composer, filmmaker

2006:  George Naʻope, kumu hula

2005:  James Kaʻupena Wong, chanter

2000:  Genoa Keawe, Hawaiian singer

1996:  Solomon & Richard Hoʻopiʻi, Hawaiian falsetto singers

1993:  Nalani Kanakaʻole & Pualani Kanakaʻole Kanahele, kumu hula

1988:  Clyde “Kindy” Sproat, Hawaiian cowboy singer

1987:  Raymond Kane, slack key guitarist

1984:  Emily Kauʻi Zuttermeister, kumu hula

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