NEWS FLASH: The Shimmering Audio

Keola Beamer does an exceptional job reading the first story from his book, "The Shimmering - Ka 'Olili". This 55 minute audio CD presents the tale of a haole volcanologist possessed by a very unusual love for the Goddess Pele. In the haunting story, Keola weaves an eerie spell. Listening to the story unfold in context with nature sounds and slack-key guitar accompaniment, one feels a strange closeness to the mystical Kilauea Volcano on the Island of Hawai'i. Close your eyes and enter a unique world of imagination.

Note: This book is currently out of print, although it may be available used either on eBay or Amazon

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Keola Beamer, one of the most innovative and influential slack-key guitarist of his generation presents a collection of island stories, entitled The Shimmering - Ka 'Olili. Beamer, a native Hawaiian brings the art of contemporary Hawaiian story telling into the 21st century with this captivating book.Through the power of Keola's writing you will be drawn into the magical place that is Hawa'i through stories of Pele's love for 'the large foreigner with bright eyes,' through childhood lessons learned from a magnificent Pohaku, through the enduring strength of Hawaiian guardian spirits and the unbreakable bonds of love.Keola also explores the lighter side of life in Hawai'i, with the unique friendship between adopted brothers, the trials of boat ownership at the tiny Mala wharf in Lahaina, and a Pidgin English, Christmas love story entitled "Stalking Haunani." A glossary has been included to help mainland readers with the meanings and insights of non-English terms used in the stories.

Reviews

Keola Beamer infuses the world of sensate reality with an ancient spirituality flowing easily from a heart on fire. Be prepared to take a journey from familiar island terrain to a twilight zone where the mana of ancient akua, pohaku, iwi and ‘aumakua continue to shape the human experience in ways both wondrous and mystical.
Glen Grant
Author of THE OBAKE FILES and HAWAI‘I LOOKING BACK 
Keola Beamer's island stories, like his music, tell you of home. You accompany him to the place that lives in his heart and journey across the landscape that has informed his artistry for generations.
Lois-Ann Yamanaka
Author of HEADS BY HARRY and WILD MEAT AND THE BULLY BURGERS 
Hawaiian tradition tells us that music, dance and stories all share a common source. In the spirit of this long legacy, one of Hawai‘i's finest composers and performers now adds to his ever expanding repertoire a collection of island adventures and contemporary legends. Like Keola Beamer's music, they reveal a voice that is soulful, playful, haunting, full of surprises, and one of a kind.
James D. Houston
Author of SNOW MOUNTAIN PASSAGE and THE LAST PARADISE
Keola Beamer's storytelling resonates in that deepest part of you, the part that has always known that spirits walk among us, that the sea and the earth are alive. Keola writes of that place where modern and ancient Hawai‘i meet. This collection is a shining example of how the Hawaiian culture isn't something just to be remembered and studied, but something that is alive and growing. Plus, good fun da stories! Hoo, chicken skin, big sigh and buss laugh!
Lee Cataluna
Honolulu Advertiser Columnist
Playwright, DA MAYAH, SUPER SECRET SQUAD, YOU SOMEBODY