Kira Kanani Seamon was born and raised in Hawaii. She attended the prestigious Punahou School as an multi- award-winning honor student, winning two foreign language awards. She is a Certified Exercise Physiologist by the American College of Sports Medicine and a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Leader by the American Council on Exercise. A polymath, Kira is a gold medal/state winner in piano performance and a National and two-time Regional Dance Champion. She danced corps, demi-solo and solo roles in the Nutcracker, Giselle, the Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet and Paquita ballets. She taught a Ballet Stories workshop at the inaugural Mass Dance Festival at the two festival locations of Boston Ballet School on Clarendon Street, Boston and at UMASS Amherst.
Kira was a student choreographer/dancer and then subsequently, a Guest choreographer at the Craft of Choreography Conference, the nation’s foremost choreography workshop, run by Regional Dance America. She had choregraphed over 100 dance pieces, including solos, duets, and large ensemble, evening-length works. She was an Editors’ Choice for Video of the Month in Dance Teacher magazine and an Editors’ and Viewers’ Choice for a Future Star of the Month in Dance Spirit magazine. In a ten year dance competition career, she won 18 awards, including Platinum awards and special awards from the judges. She debuted her The Tell-Tale Heart Ballet, a Truly Poe-etic Ballet at the prestigious Boston Center for the Arts , where she produced, directed, choreographed and danced in her production of over 21 musicians, actors and dancers. She’s an multi-award-winning photographer and has had her art accepted and sold in national and regional juried shows.
Seamon was honored to be included in the 2018 and 2019 Blanche Ames National Juried Art Exhibition and also won Third Place in Photography in Norwood Art Association’s Art in the Park 2018 and 2019. She won Mass Horticultural Society's 2018 Photography Competition in the 'Images featuring People' category. She had Art New England Magazine, (New England's premier art and culture magazine), post about her exhibit on their Instagram page and she was very honored to receive a full page in the prestigious Wellesley Weston magazine, in their "Last but not Least" section. She exhibited twice with the Griffin Museum of Photography in their Member's Winter Solstice exhibit. (2017 and 2018) and also sold her art in 2019 at the Attleboro Arts Museum Member's exhibit. She’s had over fifty newspaper cover stories about her art and has been on the arts cover of the Metrowest Daily News, The Enterprise, and the Daily News Transcript.
Kira's Patriot Ledger arts cover story (voted New England’s best regional paper), was picked up and published online/print in 123 towns, or the entire eastern half of Massachusetts. She celebrated her 24th solo multimedia show recently and her first solo museum exhibit of her work in 2020. She was recently the inaugural artist-in-residence in Natick, Massachusetts. She received a personal letter from the Massachusetts Senate President and a Certificate of Recognition from the Massachusetts State Legislation in recognition of her grant from Framingham, Massachusetts. She is a fourteen- time grant recipient. She has been produced and aired on Wellesley Public TV, Medfield Public TV, Westwood Media Center TV, Double ACS Attleboro Public TV, Cambridge Community Access TV, and Easton Community Access TV. Dedham Public TV produced and aired a 1.5 hour documentary of her work. All of this culminated in her receiving the prestigious Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, for which she appeared in the Wall Street Journal in 2020.
Seamon took a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Machu Picchu, Peru with the Punahou Alumni Association and her travel tale about that expedition is published in the 2021 September/October edition of the Writers and Readers’ Magazine. (She also appeared in the Christmas edition of the November/December edition of the Writers and Readers’ magazine with her memoir about growing up in Hawaii and celebrating the Christmas & New Year’s island-style.) Additionally, her Peru photography is the editorial feature in the 2021 fall edition of DRIFT Travel magazine. DRIFT Travel is an upscale travel and lifestyle magazine with each issue being emailed to 4+ million digital magazine readers worldwide. Additionally, DRIFT is also part of the Press Reader magazine/newspaper digital platform that puts DRIFT in thousands of hotels, cruise ships, resorts and airlines around the world, opening the door to an additional 300 million users annually. Her horror short story, A Cereus Curse, is published in Terror Tract’s Hell-o-Ween 2021 anthology. Kira has never met a story from Greek mythology that she didn’t love and has kept a daily journal since her teens. Dead Cereus is her first multi-award-winning novel.