In this classic recording, Keola & Kapono Beamer (The Beamer Brothers) truly define their harmony and sound. This album was produced in about 1976 by the legendary, Sonny Burke, a musical powerhouse of a man who penned several great arrangements for the singer - Frank Sinatra.

Sonny took a liking to the brothers and got them together in Herb Ono's “Sounds of Hawaii Studio” on Young Street in Honolulu.

Several classics emerged from these sessions including the humorus songs "Mr. Sun Cho Lee" - (the Beamers musical exploration of Hawaii's cultural diversity) and the famous, "Sweet Okole" about the attraction humans have for the rear / hind end or posterior of the body. Yikes. Both songs became runaway hits in Hawaii and are still heard on the radio to this day.

We apologiize that the guitar tuning information for this recording was never notated by the brothers, though it sounds like theres a lot of Taro Patch and Keola's C going on. Its great when recordings stand the test of time and this one certainly does!

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M4 Audio Tracks Hawaii's Own - Keola & Kapono Beamer CD Note: 68.2 MB Zip File

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Credits...

Produced by Sonny Burke. Engineered by Herb Ono at Sounds of Hawaii.

The Beamers would like to thank their manager - The Baron of Waikiki, Kimo Wilder McVay.

Keola's beautiful custom guitars out of koa and mango wood were built by George Gilmore and Donald Marienthal of the Guitar and Lute Workshop in Honolulu, HI.