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.
2006: George Naʻope, kumu hula