Keola Beamer

Sunday, October 27th - 3:00 p.m.


Keola Beamer is one of hawai'i's premier singer/songwriters, arrangers and composers and is a master of the Hawaiian slack key guitar. His well of talent springs from five generations of Hawai'i's most illustrious and beloved musical families. Keola established himself as a leader in contemporary Hawaiian music when he wrote the classic Honolulu City Lights, one of the absolute all-time best selling recordings in the history of Hawaiian music.

Born in 1951, Keolamaikalani (Keola) Breckenridge Beamer was raised in Kamuela, on the Big Island, surrounded by the beautiful open pastures of his grandfather's cattle ranch. Keola established himself early on as the family's youngest standard-bearer. A child of the rock and roll era, he has always been on the vanguard of the Hawaiian contemporary sound. However, he also helped drive what has come to be known today as the Hawaiian Cultural Renaissance: He has recorded many of the songs written by his ancestors, from the lively Keawaiki to the lullaby Pupu Hinuhinu. He has recorded and produced more than 20 albums, winning numerous Hoku Awards, Hawai'i's equivalent of the Grammies. He has even appeared on Sesame Street and on NBC's Today Show. He is a Grammy nominee and in 2010 received the "Lifetime Achievement" award from the Hawai'i Academy of Recording Arts in Honolulu, Hawai'i.