Wa’apa means rowboat or skiff. This is a terrific Double Slack Piece with a vamp that utilizes a special technique called “Hammers From Nowhere”. Its a great ornamental and guitaristic approach to the Hawaiian turn-around (vamp) and its lots of fun to play! I enjoyed writing this piece and tried to give it a good “old time” sound and feel.… Read More


While hanging out with my haumana (students) and friends, I composed this fun, playful piece in Double Slack. We call it double slack because to get there, one often tunes the guitar to Taro Patch (DADGBD) and then take an additional step of tuning the 3rd string down to F#. Thus – the double slack description (DADF#BD). I love Double… Read More


For over thirty years, Keola and Moana Beamer’s artistry has thrilled audiences near and far. Keola’s award winning Slack Key Guitar and Moana’s innovative Hula breathe new life into their individual disciplines while remaining true to the soul of their deeply Hawaiian roots.  For this recording, Keola and Moana share their very best performances of songs that have enthralled concert… Read More


One of my favorite Music writers, Jon Woodhouse (Maui News) just published an article about my recent work. MauiNewsKB… Read More


kbeamer.com > Instruction > Beginning Realm > This Lesson My mother Nona Beamer wrote Pupu Hinuhinu in the 1950’s. Since then, it has been sung by generations of mothers as a lullaby. It has been the first hula of generations of hula dancers. No one has counted the number of times it has been played, adapted, and arranged for ukulele,… Read More


kbeamer.com > Instruction > Intermediate Realm > This Lesson Maddy Lam composed this song for Kahauanu Lake as a gift to his wife, kumu hula Maiki Aiu. The song was first danced by April Peeples Chock and presented as a hoʻokupu (gift) to Maiki. Aunty Maiki loved her mele and it became the signature song of her halau. This mele… Read More


This is Keola’s good fun piece written by Keola, where his guitar imitates the sound of a mosquito. Its whimsical, fun and interesting!… Read More


In Hawai’i, distant memories of Queen Lili’uokalani and her short reign are held close to the heart of the Hawaiian people. Besides being a compassionate and caring leader, our queen was also a wonderful composer. (I once examined her guitar, by request of the Bishop Museum on the Island of ‘Oahu.) Queen Lili’uokalani played both guitar and piano and is… Read More


Keola recommends a great read by John Schroeter, entitled, “Between the Strings: The Secret Lives of Guitars” (Paperback – April, 2004). This is a collection of 100 stories about life with the guitar.… Read More


Isn’t it true that a scent can lead us to a sweet recollection? In Hawai’i, the air is soft and the scent of our fragrant flowers are carried in the trade winds. Sometimes out of nowhere, we recall a place or a thing. More than often, it is a person. A treasured memory emerges.

This is a wonderful song with a sweet melody. I’m quite happy with my solo guitar arrangement of this beauty. I think you will be too.… Read More


Hawaiian oral history informs us that this ancient story actually took place along the coast of Kahakuloa on the Island of Maui. PBS Hawaii flew an entire film crew to Kahakuloa to film at the exact place where the “Hula Mu’umu’u” was born.… Read More


How did you discover your interest in Slack Key Guitar? Was it hearing the music on a CD that you got for Christmas? Or maybe you heard Slack Key music on a radio program? Or maybe you heard Keola’s music in the George Clooney film, “The Descendants”? In this charming 2 minute Hawai’i Public Radio – “Story Corps”, Keola shares… Read More


I wrote this song to commemorate the passing of my mother, Nona Beamer. Presented by PBS Hawaii from “Keola Beamer – Malama Ko Aloha”, I am joined by John Kolivas (Bass), Dan Del Negro (Piano) and Adriano Lariosa (Drums).… Read More


In this performance, we share a song written by my dear mom – Nona Beamer for the keiki (children) of Hawai’i. Appearing with me is my good friend and wonderful pianist, Geoffrey Keezer.… Read More


Music can teach us to cooperate, to work together to present something beautiful. To underscore that concept, here is my rendition of Ele’ele Ka Wai (Black Is The Color) for PBS Hawaii.… Read More


Keola is a descendant of an illustrious and vital ‘ohana (family). Here you can experience and enjoy some of the resources from the Beamer lineage.… Read More


“Thanks to my mother, aloha became much more than a word to me. It became a way of being in the world.”… Read More


World-renowned slack key guitarist – Keola Beamer collaborates with Hawaii’s most luminescent female vocalist in this beautifully produced recording… Read More


For his fifth Dancing Cat release, Keola offers nine original compositions and six Hawaiian classics. All are played in his unique style, which combines his own innovations with traditional slack key. Eight of the songs are played as solo instrumentals to express ka leo o loko (the voice within) and the feeling of solitude.… Read More


Famed Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai joins with Keola in a new album, Our Beloved Land. Nakai, the world’s leading performer of the traditional flute with over 3.5 million albums sold, journeyed to Hawai’i where he spent time working with Keola to weave the haunting melodies of his traditional flute into Keola’s songs and arrangements. The result is a… Read More


Keola Beamer’s Tunings for this Album C Wahine (C-G-D-G-B-E), also known as ‘Keola’s C’ for the songs Lei ‘Awapuhi, HePunahele No ‘Oe, Ku’uipo Ku’u Lei, Sweet Singing Bamboo, Medley: Ke Ali’i HuluMamo & Kimo Hula, Holo Wa’apa, Bali Ha’i & Stranger in Paradise, and Sanoe( electric ‘water’ guitar). C Mauna Loa (C-G-E-G-A-E) for ‘Alekoki. C Old Mauna Loa/Ni’ihau (C-G-C-G-A-D) for… Read More


Beautifully co-produced by Keola and American Pianist, George Winston, Keola goes back to his roots, mining the fertile fields of Hawaiian texture and sound.… Read More


Son of the legendary Nona Beamer, descended from an illustrious line of Hawaiian musicians and dancers, Keolamaikalani Breckenridge Desha Beamer was born February 18, 1951 on the island of Oʻahu. He spent his childhood alternating between the urban energy of Honolulu, Hawaiʻi’s largest, most dynamic city, and the slower, more culturally rooted serenity of the Beamer family’s ancestral home at… Read More


Kī Hōʻalu (Loosen the Key) is a DVD featuring the exceptional performances of Keola Beamer. Its multiple awards include “Best Documentary” (New York International Film Festival), “Best Cinematography” (Los Angeles Independent Film Festival), and the “Gold Remi” Award (Houston International Film Festival). The film was produced and directed by Kenneth M. Burgmaier. Critics have called this feature length movie, “An… Read More


Kī Hōʻalu (Loosen the Key) is a DVD featuring the exceptional performances of Keola Beamer. Its multiple awards include “Best Documentary” (New York International Film Festival), “Best Cinematography” (Los Angeles Independent Film Festival), and the “Gold Remi” Award (Houston International Film Festival). The film was produced and directed by Kenneth M. Burgmaier. Critics have called this feature length movie, “An… Read More


Kī Hōʻalu (Loosen the Key) is a DVD featuring the exceptional performances of Keola Beamer. Its multiple awards include “Best Documentary” (New York International Film Festival), “Best Cinematography” (Los Angeles Independent Film Festival), and the “Gold Remi” Award (Houston International Film Festival). The film was produced and directed by Kenneth M. Burgmaier. Critics have called this feature length movie, “An… Read More


Kī Hōʻalu (Loosen the Key) is a DVD featuring the exceptional performances of Keola Beamer. Its multiple awards include “Best Documentary” (New York International Film Festival), “Best Cinematography” (Los Angeles Independent Film Festival), and the “Gold Remi” Award (Houston International Film Festival). The film was produced and directed by Kenneth M. Burgmaier. Critics have called this feature length movie, “An… Read More