- Nominated for Grammy Award and recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hawaii Academy of Performing Arts
- Hawaiian traditional storyteller
- One of Hawaii’s premier singer/songwriters, arrangers, composers and master of the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar
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Keola Beamer is one of Hawai’i’s premier singer/songwriters, arrangers, composers and 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. The Beamers trace their roots to the 14th century. Among their ancestors are Queen Ahiakumai Ki’eki’e and Ho’olulu, a child of the favored wife of Kamehameha I.
Born in 1951, Keolamaikalani Breckenridge Beamer was raised in Kamuela, on the Big Island, surrounded by the beautiful open pastures of his grandfather’s cattle ranch.
Beamer 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, recording many of the songs written by his ancestors, from the lively “Keawaiki” to the lullaby “Pupu Hinuhinu”. He has recorded and produced more than twenty albums, winning numerous Hoku Awards, Hawai’i’s equivalent of the Grammys. 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. Just recently he was awarded the prestigious 2014 NACF Artist Fellowship by the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation.
Malama Ko Aloha
Beamer shares the following artistic statement, as it relates to his performances with Hula master- Moanlani Beamer: “When I was growing up, my mother Winona Beamer would often say, “Malama Ko Aloha.” Mom wanted us to cherish or keep our love. Her idea was that by keeping Aloha in our hearts and reflecting upon its meaning in our lives, we could help the idea of Aloha to grow in the world. Thanks to my mother, Aloha became much more than a word to me. It became a way of being in the world.”
Hawaiian philosophical thought suggests that within each of us, there exists a bowl of light. It is Beamers sincere hope that as he shares his music and inspirational messages of Malama Ko Aloha with you, we might each take a moment to explore this “light.”
Keola Beamer & Friends: Bridging Worlds Through Music