Tour Update November 2, 2018 

We had a amazing time on tour and I really enjoyed the venues we performed at. Moana and I love Maui, so no matter where we are in the world, its always a blessing to return home. Here is a photo of sound check at one of my most favorite venues – The Harris Center For The Arts in Folsom, CA. My hanai son, Jeff Peterson took this photo. Jeff was with us on this tour and played beautifully. What an exceptional talent he is!

Tour Schedule October 3, 2018 

Aloha Kakou,
I’m really looking forward to touring this month with one of the finest guitarists on the planet – Jeff Peterson. Jeff, myself and my beautiful Kumu Hula wife Moanalani will be at the following venues this month. Come by and say aloha!

Tour Schedule
Keola Beamer & Jeff Peterson with Moanalani Beamer
Mon, Oct 8, 2018, The Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Eugene OR
Arts Northwest Juried Showcase – Arts NW Attendees Only

Tues, Oct 9, 2018, Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland OR

8:00 PM

Sun, Oct 14, 2018, Columbia City Theater, Seattle WA
Presented by Brown Rock LLC 2 Shows –

4 PM and 7 PM

Thurs, Oct 18, 2018, Harris Center for the Arts, Folsom CA
7:30 PM

Sat, Oct 20, 2018, The Old Steeple, Ferndale CA
Presented by Ferndale Music Company

7:30 PM

Sun, Oct 21, 2018, Blue Note Napa, Napa CA
6:00 PM

Wed, Oct 24, 2018, Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix AZ
7:00 PM

Fri, Oct 26, 2018, Daniels Hall, Denver CO
Presented by Swallow Hill Music
8:00 PM

An Interesting Month September 27, 2018 

Aloha Kakou,

Its been a truly interesting month! We had two major concerts cancelled because of Hurricane /Tropical Storm Lane’s arrival in Hawai’i. Eventually shows with Henry Kapono and Friends were re-scheduled at the Tom Moffatt – Waikiki Shell and again at The Maui Arts And Cultural Center Amphitheater on my home Island of Maui. It was great fun working with musical artists that I have known and loved through the years, and a joy to be included in such great company.

On the night of September 22nd, 2018 Henry Kapono, myself and my sweet wife – Moana then did a benefit for the Institute for Human Services 40th Anniversary Celebration held on the Hilton Hawaiian Village Great Lawn in Waikiki. Many of IHS contributors were there that evening sharing their aloha and mana’o on the best ways to support Hawai’i’s homeless population.

The photo above is of myself and wonderful singer Starr Kalāhiki (2015 Native Arts & Cultures Fellow) who opened the IHS celebration. Starr has a beautiful leo (voice). For more information and ways to help Hawai’i’s Homeless, please visit;

Institute for Human Services

with aloha,

Fires in Lahaina August 29, 2018 

Its been a very challenging time in our home town of Lahaina, Maui, Hawai’i. A raging brush fire swept across the hillsides early Friday, fanned by 70 mph gusts from Hurricane Lane. The inferno burned 2,000 acres and claimed 30 vehicles and 21 structures, most of them homes. Our aloha and strong support goes out to our neighbors and friends, some of whom have lost everything. If you’d care to make a donation to help our displaced families, please go to the Lahaina Strong Facebook Page. Mahalo nui, Keola Beamer

Aloha Kuamoʻo ʻĀina August 10, 2018 

I have just returned from Pa’aoao Bay, Captain Cook, Hawai’i where I chaired a board meeting for our 501c3 – Aloha Kuamo’o Aina. Participants from left to right were myself, Dr. Kamanamaikalani Beamer -University of Hawaii, Manoa (Executive Director), Neil Kaho’okele Hannahs – CEO Ho’okele Strategies and Dr. Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwoʻole Osorio, Dean of Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge. It is an accomplished and experienced board with strong ties to community.

It was great to be with old friends and fellow Kamehameha Schools graduates as we worked to protect and preserve the Kuamo’o Battlefield and Burial Grounds. This wahi pana (sacred place) is revered in the hearts of Hawai’i’s people.

With Hurricane Hector passing south of Hawai’i Island that night (8/9/18), the skies were aglow with the promise of the future.

With Aloha,

Pele Update July 17, 2018 

Hawaii’s people revere the Fire Goddess Pele. She is resplendent in our art and literature. Tutu Pele goes where she wants to go and nothing can stop her.

I am filled with aloha for our extended ‘ohana on Hawaii Island who have lost their houses to the recent eruptions. As of this date, about 700 homes have been destroyed. The impact on our Island community has been devastating, with no end in sight.

Because they were built in lava zones, most of those structures were not insured and many of our now homeless people are retired and on a fixed income. Can you imagine what it must be like to loose everything so late in life? Where does one even begin to rebuild? Where does one even start? Its a very difficult situation for our families. Won’t you join me in making a contribution to help?

The Hawaii Community Foundation, together with Anderson-Beck Fund, Jack’s Fund and the Darrin & Darien Gee Family Fund, have established the Hawaii Island Volcano Recovery Fund to assist with recovery efforts in support of Hawaii Island communities affected by the Kilauea volcano eruption. Donations to the Hawaii Island Volcano Recovery Fund can be made online or by mail at Hawaii Community Foundation, 827 Fort Street Mall, Honolulu, HI, 96813.

Mahalo Nui – Keola Beamer

A Wonderful Summer June 11, 2018 

Its going to be a wonderful summer here on Maui. My wife Moanalani will be leaving soon to Rapanui for a cultural exchange program with`Ohana of Halau Nā Hanona Kūlike` O Pi`ilani, while I will be off the waters of Lahaina in my fishing kayak catching mahimahi, drinking beer and jamming with my friends! Yay! For my excellent slack key haumana, we’ve just added a fun double-slack piece of mine called “Wa’apa”. Check it out!

Music For A Film April 13, 2018 

Moanalani and I are headed to Taos, New Mexico to the Taos Environmental Film Festival to receive an award for Dr. Tom Vendetti’s wonderful film, “Tibetan Illusion Destroyer“. I was privileged to record the music in Kathmandu with some great local musicians. One of my goals in the composition was to honor their native instruments and musical traditions. Moana will open the festival with an oli (chant) and Hawaiian blessing.

Aloha Music Camp Update April 9, 2018 

Aloha to our patient and enthusiastic AMCers! Thank you for your interest in registering for AMC 2019, to be held March 3rd-9th, 2019 at the Courtyard by Marriott Kauai at Coconut Beach. Our online registration system will go live on Monday, April 16th, 2018 starting at 11 AM Hawaii Standard Time (2 PM Pacific Daylight Time/3 PM Mountain Daylight Time/4 PM Central Daylight Time/5 PM Eastern Daylight Time).

Website Update March 25, 2018 

At 4:01 AM this morning, my awesome brother – Kaliko Beamer Trapp of University Of Hawaii / Hilo completed a major upgrade of with an improved UI that makes it easier for our friends and members to navigate. Awesome job Kaliko! I’m so proud of my my brother aka “The Midnight Menehune” and our ‘ohana!

Kaliko Beamer-Trapp works on kbeamer dot com website, with Moanalani and Leiloke

Back From Japan March 3, 2018 

My wife Moanalani and I have just returned from a tour in Japan. What a great time we had! Working with professional presenters and wonderful performing facilities, its a blast to perform in Japan. I note that I am also a big fan of Japanese cuisine and sake!

Slack Key Guitar is quickly growing in popularity and I had the opportunity to conduct a workshop with Japanese guitarists. I taught my piece, “Kalapaki” and haumana (students) learned it so well that they performed it the following night in concert. Their performance was lead by Makalani who is one of my absolute favorite Japanese Slack Key Artists in Japan. View their performance at Keola’s Workshop Haumana In Japan.

Before Haneda, Japan concert with slack- key guitarist – Makanani
Keola with Haumana in Japan

Music truly bring people and cultures together. I am so very grateful for the journey of music in my life.

With Aloha,
Keola Beamer

Aloha Music Camp Update February 14, 2018 

Aloha Music Camp Kumu & Staff February 2018

I had a wonderful week with our haumana at Aloha Music Camp 2018. It was a week of music, laughter, great food, fun and lots of aloha! The students in both my intermediate and advanced classes worked hard and both classes played great at our final performance night (Ho’ike). Speaking for all our kumu, we are so blessed to have wonderful participants.

Keolaʻs Advanced Class AMC 2018

We are currently finalizing the details of our upcoming March 2019 Camp at the Coconut Beach Marriott on Kauaʻi. We will notify all previous Campers via email before the registration form goes online. If you wish to add yourself to our mailing list, please send us a request via our Contact Us form. We will be sure to add you in!

Please note that AMC sells out quickly!

Keola Beamer

Wonderful Audiences January 31, 2018 

Iʻve had a great time on tour with Henry Kapono and Moanalani. Weʻve had wonderful audiences and almost every date has been sold out. Along the way weʻve had two tour managers, Craig Law & Ben Crew, who have done a superb job, and dear Haumea Ho, who has been expertly handling the Merchandise. Moana and I extend our sincere mahalo to Henry and Lezlee and their keiki. Its been ʻohana on the road and we are blessed.

We conclude the tour tomorrow night Feb 1, 2018 at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, then we leave the next morning for my Aloha Music Camp on Kauaʻi. Its going to be a great week and I canʻt wait to see our kumu and many friends from around the world.

me ke aloha,
Keola Beamer

Tour Update January 11, 2018 

Keola and Moanalani Beamer with Henry Kapono

We have kicked off the “Legends” tour in the US Mainland. Please visit the tour page for more information and to purchase tickets for the venues. We look forward to seeing you there!

image of keola beamer and henry kapono for the 2018 tour

With Heidi Chang January 2, 2018 

Happy New Year!

Recently, I participated in an interview with Heidi Chang of NPR (National Public Radio) discussing Gabby Pahinui, considered by many to be the “Father” of The Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar. Talking story with Heidi bought back some wonderful memories of the times Gabby and I were drinking beer and playing music in Waikiki, way back in the day! NPR aired the interview on Jan 1, 2018. Check out “Remembering A Legendary Hawaiian Musician”.

Heidi Chang of NPR and Keola Beamer