Keola Beamer

Guitar & ‘Ukulele Masters

Keola Beamer

Photos: Mark Modeen

Keola Beamer

with Moanalani Beamer

“Keola Beamer’s style is the best there is on the planet…There’s no better slack key player than Beamer” – Willie Nelson

“The Quintessential Hawaiian Slack-Key Guitar Master” –The New York Times

“Keola Beamer is the Andres Segovia of the slack key guitar.” – Long Beach Press Telegram

Keola Beamer is a Hawaiian music legend. Having grown up in one of Hawai’i’s most famous music families, he has become one of Hawai’i’s premier singer-songwriters, arrangers, composers and masters of Hawaiian slack key guitar.

A multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award Winner (Hawaiian Music Awards) and Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient and a Grammy nominee, Keola established himself early as a leader in contemporary Hawaiian music with Honolulu City Lights, one of the all-time best-selling records in Hawaiian music history. Keola Beamer was awarded the prestigious NACF Artist Fellowship in 2014 by the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation.

For over thirty years, his artistry has helped breathe new life into slack key guitar music while remaining true to the soul of its deeply Hawaiian roots. His breadth of talent springs from five generations of family musical history that traces its involvement in Hawaiian music and hula at least as far as back as the 15th Century; his mother a key figure in the “Hawaiian Renaissance” of the 1960s. Among multiple TV and film credits, his music was featured on the soundtrack for the film The Descendants.

Keola was one of the first to use slack key techniques to create contemporary music that is as much at home in jazz or classical forums as in Hawaiian music. And he was one of the first to integrate Hawaiian chants and instruments, like the tiny gourd whistle and the nose flute, with contemporary forms of music. His wife Moanalani Beamer joins him in performing hula as well as chants and traditional Hawaiian instruments.


Keola Beamer & Jeff Peterson, with Moanalani Beamer  – Touring in 2018-19

Keola Beamer is a Hawaiian legend who has stretched the boundaries of slack key guitar music while remaining true to the soul of its deeply Hawaiian roots. Says Willie Nelson, “There’s no better slack key player than Beamer.” Jeff Peterson is a star of the next generation, his refined style recently awarded by the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation.

Together, they present an evening of superb guitar, accompanied by Beamer’s rich and soulful vocals, as they explore the beauty of Hawaiian music as it reflects its native land and the range of Hawai‘i’s many cultural influences. Their styles feature the complexity of technique that has shaped the distinctively resonant sounds of Hawai‘i, slack key guitar or ki-ho‘alu, with playing encompasses classical and jazz guitar as well. They are joined by lovely hula dancer Moanalani Beamer, whose style reflects the long hula lineage of the Beamer family.

Tour Schedule

Keola Beamer with Moanalani Beamer performing with Henry Kapono & Friends

Sat, Sept 15, 2018, Waikiki Shell, Honolulu HI

6:30 PM event start

Sun, Sept 16, 2018, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului HI

5:00 PM event start


Keola Beamer & Jeff Peterson with Moanalani Beamer

Tues, Oct 9, 2018, Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland OR

8:00 PM


Thurs, Oct 18, 2018, Harris Center for the Arts, Folsom CA

7:30 PM


Sun, Oct 21, 2018, Blue Note Napa, Napa CA

6:00 PM


Wed, Oct 24, 2018, Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix AZ

7:00 PM


Fri, Oct 26, 2018, Daniels Hall, Denver CO

Presented by Swallow Hill Music

8:00 PM

Past Tour Dates

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