Photos: Kaliko Beamer-Trapp
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 Native Arts & Cultures Foundation Artist Fellowship in 2014, and in 2018, was inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame with his illustrious musical family, the Beamer ‘Ohana.
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
2020 – Keola Beamer & Henry Kapono with Moanalani Beamer
Thurs, Jan 30, 2020, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa CA
With Moanalani Beamer
Fri, Feb 7, 2020, Irvine Barclay Theatre, Irvine CA
Past Tour Dates
Sat, March 9, 2019, Kauai Beach Resort, Lihue, Kauai HI
Mon, Oct 8, 2018, The Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Eugene OR
Arts Northwest Juried Showcase
Tues, Oct 9, 2018, Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland OR
Sun, Oct 14, 2018, Columbia City Theater, Seattle WA
Presented by Brown Rock LLC
Thurs, Oct 18, 2018, Harris Center for the Arts, Folsom CA
Sat, Oct 20, 2018, The Old Steeple, Ferndale CA
Presented by Ferndale Music Company
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, Blue Note Napa, Napa CA
Wed, Oct 24, 2018, Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix AZ
Fri, Oct 26, 2018, Daniels Hall, Denver CO
Presented by Swallow Hill Music