Keolamaikalani Breckenridge Beamer was raised on Hawai‘i Island, born into one of Hawai's most illustrious and beloved musical families. He established himself early as the family's youngest standard-bearer. A child of the rock & roll era, he was at the vanguard of Hawaiian contemporary sound. Yet he also helped drive what became the Hawaiian Cultural Renaissance, recording many songs written by his ancestors, including his legendary great-grandmother Helen Desha Beamer and his mother Nona Beamer.
Keola studied classical guitar, and went on to publish a slack key method book using a 16th-century lute tablature system as his starting point. He was one of Hawai'i's first recording artists to integrate Hawaiian chants and instruments, like the tiny gourd whistle and nose flute, into contemporary forms of music. Keola has recorded and produced more than a dozen albums, has won numerous Na Hoku Awards, Hawai'i's “Grammy”, and appeared on Sesame Street and NBC’s “Today Show”. Says Willie Nelson, “There’s no better slack key player than Beamer.”
MOANALANI BEAMER began her hula training at the early age of four with Kumu Hula (Hula Master) Johnny Hokoana, and continued training extensively with several different hula masters; she herself became a “Kumu Hula” in 2011, following a rigorous process of study and graduation (“‘uniki”). Her performing career included starring in several hula revues on Maui. In performance with Keola, she dances, chants, sings background vocals, and plays several ancient Hawaiian percussive instruments, including `ili`ili (river stone “castanets”), ka`eke`eke (cut bamboo) and Ipu (gourd drum). She also teaches, sharing her hula knowledge with students on Maui as well as in workshops across the U.S. and Europe.
Henry Kapono Ka'aihue is a performer who has it all – vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, composer, thrilling performer, audience favorite. He is an award-winning and Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter. He has taken home numerous Na Hoku Hano Hano Awards (Hawaii's “Grammy”) including Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year, Single of the Year, and Album of the Year. He is also the author of the award winning children's book, A Beautiful Hawaiian Day, has appeared in the films, and has made many television appearances.
At the forefront of Hawaiian music since the 1970s with the duo Cecilio & Kapono, the first Hawai‘i group to achieve a national recording contract (Columbia Records); together they recorded 13 albums, giving contemporary and folk rock a new perspective. Always musically adventurous, Henry launched a solo career in 1981, with 17 albums to date—and 5 Na Hoku (Hawaiian “Grammy”) awards. Henry touches the soul with the simple honesty of his lyrics and music, and the gift of an evocative, plaintive balladeer's voice that haunts you long after he leaves the stage.
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