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Keola Beamer

Keola Beamer (b. Keolamaikalani Breckenridge Beamer) is a master of Hawaiian slack key guitar playing. The composer of "Honolulu City Lights," one of Hawaii's top-selling songs of all time, Beamer was one of the first to blend traditional Hawaiian chants and instruments with contemporary influences. Representing the fifth generation of musicians in his family, Beamer traces his roots back to King Kamehemeha and Queen Ahiakumai, 15th century rulers of Hawaii. Beamer's great grandmother, Helen Dasher Beame (1882-1952), was one of Hawaii's most prolific songwriters and an influential hula dancer. Beamer, who began his career accompanying dancers at his mother's hula studio in Honolulu, recorded many songs composed by his ancestors. After studying classical guitar in high school and college, Beamer taught private students and wrote a method book, Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, that was based on a 16th century tablature system for the lute.

Beamer's debut album, Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar in the Real Old Style, was released in 1972. Although his first ten albums were released on small independent labels and distributed only in Hawaii, Beamer has widened his following since 1994. His albums Wooden Boat, Moe'uhane Kika: Tales from the Dream Guitar, and Mauna Kea: White Mountain Journal were released on George Winston's Windham Hill-distributed label Dancing Cat and all attained positions on Billboard's Top World Music Albums chart. Beamer's fourth album on Dancing Cat, Kolonahe: From the Gentle Wind, was released in April 1999. Island Born appeared in 2001, followed by Soliloquy: Ka Leo O Loko in 2002 and Mohala Hou: Music of the Hawaiian Renaissance in 2003. Hawaii's Keola and Kapono Beamer was issued in 2008, with Keola Beamer and Raiatea, an album with Raiatea Helm, arriving in 2010. Malama Ko Aloha (Keep Your Love) was issued in 2012. Beamer resides in the old whaling town of Lahaina on the island of Maui. ~ Craig Harris
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Malama Ko Aloha (Keep Your Love)

1. `Ele`Ele Ka Wai

2. Pupu Hinuhinu

3. Waipi`O Paka`Alana/Malama

4. Kaulana Na Pua/One Hanau

5. He Punahele No `Oe

6. Ina

7. `Elepaio Slack Key

8. Wahine Holo Lio

9. E Manono

10. Our Time For Letting Go

11. Ho`Okupu Makou Ia Manono

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Track List: Hawaiian Slack Key Guiter In The Real Old Style

1. Real Old Style

2. Pua Lililehua

3. Hawaiian Cowboy

4. Kawohikukapulani

5. Guava Tree

6. Wi Ha

7. Kaulana Na Pua

8. The Beauty Of Mauna Kea

9. Lovely Hula Hands

10. Adios Kealoha

11. Pupu Hinuhinnu

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Track List: Kolonahe (From The Gentle Wind)

1. Ku'u Lei 'awapuhi

2. Shaka Slack Key

3. Maika'i Ka Makani O Kohala

4. The Beauty Of Mauna Kea

5. Pele Trilogy

6. Maui Waltz

7. Kauhale O Kamapua'a

8. He Wahine Hololio

9. Blue Water Dolphin

10. He Aloha Mele

11. Ipo Lei Manu/He'eia

12. Honolulu City Lights

13. Ka Makani Ka'ili Aloha

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Track List: Soliloquy

1. Pailolo

2. Kapalua Bay

3. Kaulana Na Pua

4. Kolowaka

5. Li'i's Song

6. Mino'aka

7. "Moana's Laundry Basket"

8. Na Hala O Naue

10. Pauahi 'o Kalani

11. Kawohikukapulani

12. The Myna Bird's Dobro

13. Papa's 'okolehao

14. Ka Makani Ulaula

15. Pua Lililehua

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Track List: Mauna Kea White Mountain Journal

1. 'imi Au Ia 'oe

2. Manu Kai (Sea Bird)

3. Sweet Lei Mamo

4. Keiki Dream (Child Dream)

5. Kaula 'ili (The Lariat)

6. Hi'ilawe

7. Pupu Hinuhinu (Shiny Shell Lullaby)

8. Ke'ena Malu (Quiet Place)

9. 'ulili E (The Wandering Tattlerbird)

10. Pua Tubarose (Tuberose Blossom)

11. Barefoot On The Range

12. Sase (Sassy)

13. For Sweetheart Grandma

14. Makika (Mosquito)

15. Ka Wailele O 'akaka (Akaka Falls)

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Track List: Wooden Boat

1. Hemo Da Kope Bean

2. Po Mahina

3. Shells

4. Kalena Kai

5. Wooden Boat

6. Hula Lady

7. Dancers In The Land Of Po

8. No Ke Año Ahiahi

9. Don't You Want To Be My Baby?

10. Kealia

11. 'Elepaio Slack Key

12. E Manono

13. He Aloha No 'O Honolulu

14. Where I Hold You

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jfineout1
I believe his Mother's name was actually Winona Beamer. Helen Desha Beamer was his Great Grandmother.
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brion.kanda
Please correct Keola's mother's name in this Bio to Helen Desha Beamer. Thank you.
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randyandjoie
Love Keola's music. Takes me back to the stunning beauty of Hawaii which I miss most every day. Longing to return... But until then Keola helps transport me there. Aloha Hawaii. ��
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mike3345mike
been to Lahaina, Maui. would love to return snd stay, Michael McDonald
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When I listen, I back home. Really miss it but as they say you can take the boy out of Hawaii but not Hawaii out of the boy. Miss it.
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borlinp
Never heard, but is great
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You had me at the Real Old Style!
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Mahalo you're the Master

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Simple love it!
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I must get to Hawaii to hear the beautiful music in person! Slack-Key is my favorite!!!
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Keola , Barefoot on the Range
Very soothing.
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My birthplace,m y magical world
And the most beautiful
Music on God's green Earth
Jilly B. 10/8/15

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Hawaii- my birthplace,
& forever my heart, always my greatest love...
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beautiful Hawaiian music. I miss the Islands very much, when I hear this music, I am right back there. if not in body, in spirit.
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cspuskas9
Just got back from Maui miss it already Keolas music takes me back
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Absolutely gorgeous music! Along with Gabby Pahinui, Izzy, Sonny C., and Ledward K., Keola Beamer ranks right up there with Michael Praetorius, Hildegarde von Bingen, Thomas Tallis , and Monsieur de Sainte Columbe for soul music to satisfy spirits within the soul.
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Keola is the greatest of all the slack key artists in Hawaii. We go to Maui every year and always take an iPod full of contemporary Hawaiian music with us. Then we miss it the rest of the year.
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Now this is satisfaction guaranteed. Soothing. Relaxing and oh so beautiful.
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Live in Florida now,sure miss the island music. ,ms.flo
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Beautiful...
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Island music. Soo soothing, cool trade winds, hula girls, palm fronds...the aloha of the soft sound. Mahalo to it's beautiful, gracious culture
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Love island style music. God Bless for sharing your talent!
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abby.peterso n 7 2
SOO BEAUTIFUL
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Beautiful..p e a c e f u l and serene. I knew the artist was from Hawaii..from the tonality..an d smooth pace. In awe! Thank you!
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abby.peterso n 7 2
i want more!!!,love his music
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mzvaraloga
Awesome and beautiful.Lo v e slack guitar!!!-th a n k s Pandora,can listen to my Hawaiian music,soothi n g . H e l p s driving in LA easier!!!
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I can listen to this 24/7/365
Very chill and soothing.
BBQ with cold Beers or cocktails
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Very soothing, can see the evening sun setting, glow of a soft day on the sands
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terry.wilkin s
I see numerous people correct the song Honolulu City Limits to Honolulu City Lights. Some of the listing are over 6 years old which tells me that since it has never been corrected no one really reads these posting except listeners. But the music is great. Available throughout my house 24/7/364.
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terry.wilkin s
I see numerous people correct the song Honolulu City Limits to Honolulu City Lights. Some of the listing are over 6 years old which tells me that since it has never been corrected no one really reads these posting except listeners. But the music is great. Available throughout my house 24/7/364.
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Living in Colorado, I miss the sounds of Hawaii. Mahalo for the opportunity of hearing music I grew up with. Aloha and God bless. :)
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Musical bliss...ear candy. Aloha Mr. Beamer..Maha l o .
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livin on the Big Isle, LOVIN this music :)
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cpicarello
Ka hana ho! Da Bes ! -Kapono K.
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Shaka Slack Key takes me to the Keys
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hana ho.......haw a i i
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scout46
Looking back through old comments, appears you have never bothered to correct this for those of us who are bothered by the mistake.
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scout46
The song you mentioned in the first bio paragraph is Honolulu City Lights, not limits. Just saying. One of his best songs.
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What could be better than Slack Key, and this is the best musician...
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jesusb808
Honolulu city lights is my fav......
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The correct title of the song is Honolulu City Lights.
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dleglise
listening to this makes me feel home sick for the Big Isle, 1971 to 1987... long time brada! Alohas! Deb
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Keola Beamer composed Honolulu City Lights , not Honolulu City Limits
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homietclown
I love Honolulu city lights . Da Best song evah We deliver newpaper to the Beamer family out on the North Shore of Kawela Bay..We remember the Beamer family..We love you Beamer family....Al o h a from Villamor's now reside in Breckenridge Colorado.
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He is so sublime, and what a great guy. Mahalo Keolamaikala n i .
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@susan.lafor c e You mean Kalihi and Pasteles (Puerto Rican version of a tamale--sort of)
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What a gift, crafting lullabies that weave a circle of serenity around the lives of everyone lucky enough to stumble upon him. Forget Billboard's charts..
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mkmm87
His fingers just slip across the strings.
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i wanna go HOME!!!
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sewy8
Beautiful and relaxing. Makes me want to go to Hawaii even more than ever.
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