Legends: Keola Beamer & Henry Kapono with Moanalani Beamer

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Keola Beamer & Henry Kapono, with Moanalani Beamer

Legends: Keola Beamer & Henry Kapono, with Moanalani Beamer

“[Keola Beamer]…The Quintessential Hawaiian Slack-Key Guitar Master” The New York Times

“Kapono is one of the great island songwriters of his generation.” –Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Keola Beamer & Henry Kapono are two legends of Hawaiian music. Each became an icon in the 1970s, both at the creative forefront as Hawaiian music reinvented itself. They have continued to lead the way for over 4 decades.

Keola Beamer’s contributions to slack key guitar during the 1970s began to spark public interest in kī-hō‘alu, launching a statewide revival of the tradition, and his 1978 release, Honolulu City Lights, is the largest selling recording in the history of Hawaiian music. Today he is one of Hawai’i’s premier singer-songwriters, arrangers, composers and masters of the Hawaiian slack key guitar. “He’s an exceptional musician, a very good player and beautiful singer. He’ll bring the spirit of the island to the concert.” Paul Simon

Henry Kapono became the wildly popular phenomenon Cecilio & Kapono (aka C&K) with Cecilio Rodriguez. They helped forge the sound of 70s Hawaiian music, with laid-back contemporary rock that voiced the feelings of an entire generation in Hawai‘i. Today as a solo artist, Henry is a Grammy-nominated and award-winning singer and songwriter.

Despite their common history, Keola & Henry only performed together for the first time in 2014, when Henry invited Keola & Moana Beamer to be part of Back in the Day performances. This successful annual show features Hawai‘i’s musical greats who shaped Hawaiian music from the ‘70s on, part of the “Hawaiian Renaissance” — the seminal movement in Hawai‘i’s cultural history that brought language, music, hula, art, and all aspects of Hawaiian culture back to their central place in the life of the Islands.

Touring together, Keola & Henry, with Keola’s wife Moana performing hula, have been greeted by wildly enthusiastic audiences, celebrating their original songs that have become beloved contemporary Hawaiian classics.

Tour Schedule



Past Tour Dates

January-February 2020  – Legends: Keola Beamer & Henry Kapono with Moanalani Beamer

Thurs, Jan 23, 2020, California Center for the Arts, Escondido CA

Fri, Jan 24 and Sat, Jan 25, 2020, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas NV

Sun, Jan 26, 2020, Daniels Hall, Denver CO
Presented by Swallow Hill Music

Tues, Jan 28, 2020, Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix AZ

Thurs, Jan 30, 2020, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa CA

Sat, Feb 1, 2020, Aladdin Theater, Portland OR
Presented by True West Presents

Sun, Feb 2, 2020, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley CA


2018 – Legends: Keola Beamer and Henry Kapono

Thurs, Jan 11, 2018, The John G Shedd Institute, Eugene OR

Fri, Jan 12, 2018, The Triple Door, Seattle WA

Sat, Jan 13, 2018, Aladdin Theater, Portland OR

Sat, Jan 20, 2018, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas NV

Sun, Jan 21, 2018, Daniels Hall, Denver CO

Mon, Jan 22, 2018, Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix AZ

Wed, Jan 24, 2018, Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley CA

Thurs, Jan 25, 2018, Harris Center for the Arts, Folsom CA

Fri, Jan 26, 2018, Blue Note Napa, Napa CA

Sat, Jan 27, 2018, Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga CA

Sun, Jan 28, 2018, Cal Poly Arts, San Luis Obispo CA

Thurs, Feb 1, 2018, The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage, Santa Monica CA

Fri, Mar 30, 2018, Artist to Artist, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului HI

 2017 – Legends: Keola Beamer and Henry Kapono

Thurs, Sept 14, 2017, Blue Note Hawai’I, Honolulu HI

Thurs, Oct 10, 2017, Valdez Civic Center,  Valdez AK

Fri, Oct 13, 2017, Discovery Theater, Anchorage AK


Home in the Islands

Waimanalo Blues

Honolulu City Lights at Back In The Day Concert