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About Keola Beamer

“Keola Beamer’s [slack key] style is the best there is on the planet”, says Willie Nelson. Keola Beamer has breathed new life into slack key guitar music yet stays true to its deep Hawaiian roots. He is a Hawaiian legend: singer-songwriter, composer, guitar master, with an impeccable, gorgeous style that is featured on The Descendants soundtrack and his 17 CDs. Keola was one of the first to use Hawaiian slack key techniques to create contemporary music that is also at home on jazz or classical stages. His wife Moanalani Beamer joins Keola in performances with her beautiful hula and the exquisite sounds of traditional Hawaiian instruments.

Keola Beamerʻs well of talent springs from five generations of Hawaiʻi's most illustrious and beloved musical families. Keola's mother was revered Hawaiian cultural treasure, Aunty Nona Beamer. His great-grandmother was one of Hawaiʻi's most illustrious composers, Helen Desha Beamer. The Beamers trace their roots to royal families of the 14th century and have been cultural practitioners through generations.

Keola established himself early as a leader of the wave of contemporary Hawaiian music when he wrote the classic Honolulu City Lights - which is still one of the absolute all-time best selling recordings in the history of Hawaiian Music. Keola was also the author of the very first written instruction book for the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, published in 1972.

He is an Award Winning Author and Artistic Director of The Mohala Hou Foundation, which presents Aloha Music Camp. In January of 2018 Keola was appointed Board Chair of Aloha Kuamoʻo ʻĀina, a 501c3 non-profit formed for the protection and preservation of the Kuamoʻo Battlefield and Burial Grounds in Kona, Hawaii.


Learn Slack Key Guitar Online With Keola Beamer

With Keola's supervision and direction, this site contains the best learning center and resources available for the Slack Key Guitar. Please see the menu on the upper right corner to begin your exploration. New material is added by Keola on a regular basis, so please feel free to check in as often as you would like.

Keola is a world-renowned Native Hawaiian Musician, Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, Multiple Grammy Award Nominee, Multiple Na Hoku Na Hanohano Award Winner (Hawaiian Grammys) Native Arts and Culture Foundation Fellow.

You will find information here on all of Keola's releases, his Aloha Music Camp, online lessons, tablature, instructional books & DVDs, humor, bio, family history, and much more.

March 19, 2020

We had a lot of fun at Aloha Music Camp... and some special guests!

What a wonderful Aloha Music Camp on Kaua'i. We were surrounded by excellent Kumu;

Aloha Music Camp 2020 Kumu (Teachers)

My friend Paul Simon came by and did an awesome workshop relating contemporary acoustic guitar to Hawaiian Slack key and sharing his special song writing tips;

Paul Simon with Keola, Jeff Peterson and Claudia Goddard

Actor Beau Bridges came by to share Aloha and support our Aloha Kuamo'o Aina Project.

Actor Beau Bridges and Keola

A Wonderful Night and On to Aloha Music Camp!

Photo Credits: Lorne Direnfeld

We really enjoyed working with the Maui Pops Orchestra. The musicians were terrific and under the the able baton of conductor - Jim Durham, it was an awesome night! Now we look forward to Aloha Music Camp as we ready to leave for the Island Of Kaua'i.

Keola Beamer


The Maui Pops Winter Series 2020

Keola & Moana, Kihei, HI

On Sunday February 23, I played with the 50 plus members of The Maui Pops Orchestra for their “Winter Pops” series conducted by James Durham. The Maui Pops Orchestra is terrific! It was a matinee performance at The Maui Arts and Cultural Center - Castle Theater, one of my most favorite venues in the world, right here on the island of Maui. Because it was a matinee show, I didn't have to stay up too late and …Yay! I actually get to sleep in my own bed! Wow! I am a lucky man and life is good! 

Also, please see below for our fund raiser for the Mokihana Club on Kaua’i.

Sending Aloha - Keola Beamer

With Moanalani Beamer

Sun, Feb 23, 2020, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului HI Guest Artist with Maui Pops Orchestra

3:00 PM

www.mauipops.org/concerts/

With Jeff Peterson, Uluwehi Guerrero & Moanalani Beamer

Sat, August 22, 2020, Kauai Beach Resort, Lihue, HI

A benefit fundraiser for the Mokihana Club

7:00 PM

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