About Keola Beamer
Keola Beamer is one of Hawaiʻi's premier singer/songwriters, arrangers, composers, and master of Hawaiian slack key guitar. His 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.
Please note that 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 left 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. He is an Award Winning Author and Artistic Director of The Mohala Hou Foundation. In January of 2016 Keola was appointed President and Executive Director of Aloha Kuamoʻo ʻĀina, a 501c3 non-profit formed for the protection and preservation of the Kuamoʻo Battlefield and Burial Grounds in Kona, Hawaii.
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.
The Latest Updates
July 13, 2016 - Keola just added a powerful new tool to the Intermediate Realm. Check out - The Rehearsal Journal
July 11, 2016 - We've just added two new beautiful pieces to the Intermediate Realm!
Intermediate Piece # 21 Mino'aka
Intermediate Piece # 22 Papa's Okolehao
July 1-10, 2016 - I returned from working with sound designer Christopher Hedge in California. Chris and I were working on the score for a new film by Director Dr. Thomas Vendetti. It's a film called "Tibetan Illusion Destroyer". I recorded most of the score in Kathmandu in November of last year, working with some excellent musicians there. Its been a wonderful musical journey and I've learned so much, especially about the beautiful tonality of their native instruments. The film should be released this year. I'll be sure and let our friends know when the release date gets close.
When we got back to Hawai'i, Moana and I flew immediately to Kona on Hawaii Island to host the young people of Kupu - Hawai'i Youth Conservation Corps as they volunteered their services for Aloha Kuamo'o 'Aina, our non-profit tasked with the protection and preservation of Hawai'i's sacred Battlefield of Kuamo'o.
Kupu is centered on environmental conservation, restoration, education, and cultural awareness. HYCC gives individuals the opportunity to work outdoors with environmental agencies across Hawai`i and learn the principles of natural resource stewardship, while gaining valuable experience, knowledge, and skills that assist them in continuing their life pursuits.
It was an honor to share aloha with these young people as they worked tirelessly to malama our beautiful 'aina. Aloha Kuamo'o 'Aina's Program Director - Kamuela Meheula did exceptional work in organizing and coordinating Kupu's visit. I am deeply grateful and honored to work with both her and Kupu. The photo above shows a few of the group planting in a newly protected area for the propagation of native species.
June 2016 -We've returned from our programs in Columbia where we had a great time spreading aloha and sharing music with people from all over the country. We worked with students and teachers and did some filming for Television in San Andres and for the U.S. Embassy in Bogota. It was a great trip and we are so grateful to have the opportunity of sharing our culture.
May 2016 - Weʻre gearing up for a May 2016 tour in Columbia, sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Bogota. Renown guitarist and my dear friend- Jeff Peterson will be joining us. We are looking forward to spreading the Aloha a little further from Hawaiiʻs shores. Weʻve been really enjoying our association with U.S. Department of State and have been honored to be received in Brazil, Venezuela, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.
Mahalo for the generous contributions of our web-ohana and AMC family that made our Ukulele's in Cambodia a resounding success! It was a great trip and the kids learned a lot!
Aloha Music Camp is coming up quickly! Keola and friends will be there Feb 5 -11th, 2017.
Late in 2015 we had wonderful news! Keola's Two year journey has come to a conclusion: Kuamoʻo Battleground will forever be protected!