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Keola Beamer

Keola Beamer (b. Keolamaikalani Breckenridge Beamer) is a master of Hawaiian slack key guitar playing. The composer of "Honolulu City Lights," one of Hawaii's top-selling songs of all time, Beamer was one of the first to blend traditional Hawaiian chants and instruments with contemporary influences. Representing the fifth generation of musicians in his family, Beamer traces his roots back to King Kamehemeha and Queen Ahiakumai, 15th century rulers of Hawaii. Beamer's great grandmother, Helen Dasher Beame (1882-1952), was one of Hawaii's most prolific songwriters and an influential hula dancer. Beamer, who began his career accompanying dancers at his mother's hula studio in Honolulu, recorded many songs composed by his ancestors. After studying classical guitar in high school and college, Beamer taught private students and wrote a method book, Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, that was based on a 16th century tablature system for the lute.

Beamer's debut album, Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar in the Real Old Style, was released in 1972. Although his first ten albums were released on small independent labels and distributed only in Hawaii, Beamer has widened his following since 1994. His albums Wooden Boat, Moe'uhane Kika: Tales from the Dream Guitar, and Mauna Kea: White Mountain Journal were released on George Winston's Windham Hill-distributed label Dancing Cat and all attained positions on Billboard's Top World Music Albums chart. Beamer's fourth album on Dancing Cat, Kolonahe: From the Gentle Wind, was released in April 1999. Island Born appeared in 2001, followed by Soliloquy: Ka Leo O Loko in 2002 and Mohala Hou: Music of the Hawaiian Renaissance in 2003. Hawaii's Keola and Kapono Beamer was issued in 2008, with Keola Beamer and Raiatea, an album with Raiatea Helm, arriving in 2010. Malama Ko Aloha (Keep Your Love) was issued in 2012. Beamer resides in the old whaling town of Lahaina on the island of Maui. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
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Beautiful...
Island music. Soo soothing, cool trade winds, hula girls, palm fronds...the aloha of the soft sound. Mahalo to it's beautiful, gracious culture
Love island style music. God Bless for sharing your talent!
abby.peterso n 7 2
SOO BEAUTIFUL
Beautiful..p e a c e f u l and serene. I knew the artist was from Hawaii..from the tonality..an d smooth pace. In awe! Thank you!
abby.peterso n 7 2
i want more!!!,love his music
mzvaraloga
Awesome and beautiful.Lo v e slack guitar!!!-th a n k s Pandora,can listen to my Hawaiian music,soothi n g . H e l p s driving in LA easier!!!
egonzales298
I can listen to this 24/7/365
Very chill and soothing.
BBQ with cold Beers or cocktails
Very soothing, can see the evening sun setting, glow of a soft day on the sands
terry.wilkin s
I see numerous people correct the song Honolulu City Limits to Honolulu City Lights. Some of the listing are over 6 years old which tells me that since it has never been corrected no one really reads these posting except listeners. But the music is great. Available throughout my house 24/7/364.
terry.wilkin s
I see numerous people correct the song Honolulu City Limits to Honolulu City Lights. Some of the listing are over 6 years old which tells me that since it has never been corrected no one really reads these posting except listeners. But the music is great. Available throughout my house 24/7/364.
Living in Colorado, I miss the sounds of Hawaii. Mahalo for the opportunity of hearing music I grew up with. Aloha and God bless. :)
Musical bliss...ear candy. Aloha Mr. Beamer..Maha l o .
livin on the Big Isle, LOVIN this music :)
cpicarello
Ka hana ho! Da Bes ! -Kapono K.
Shaka Slack Key takes me to the Keys
hana ho.......haw a i i
scout46
Looking back through old comments, appears you have never bothered to correct this for those of us who are bothered by the mistake.
scout46
The song you mentioned in the first bio paragraph is Honolulu City Lights, not limits. Just saying. One of his best songs.
What could be better than Slack Key, and this is the best musician...
jesusb808
Honolulu city lights is my fav......
The correct title of the song is Honolulu City Lights.
dleglise
listening to this makes me feel home sick for the Big Isle, 1971 to 1987... long time brada! Alohas! Deb
Keola Beamer composed Honolulu City Lights , not Honolulu City Limits
homietclown
I love Honolulu city lights . Da Best song evah We deliver newpaper to the Beamer family out on the North Shore of Kawela Bay..We remember the Beamer family..We love you Beamer family....Al o h a from Villamor's now reside in Breckenridge Colorado.
He is so sublime, and what a great guy. Mahalo Keolamaikala n i .
@susan.lafor c e You mean Kalihi and Pasteles (Puerto Rican version of a tamale--sort of)
What a gift, crafting lullabies that weave a circle of serenity around the lives of everyone lucky enough to stumble upon him. Forget Billboard's charts..
mkmm87
His fingers just slip across the strings.
i wanna go HOME!!!
sewy8
Beautiful and relaxing. Makes me want to go to Hawaii even more than ever.
susan.laforc e
I was going through a "memories" album last night & found a flyer from a place in Kalihee (spelling?) that sells "pa-tellies" (? one black olive at one end) where C&K preformed and my good-friend (no names) knew him & got him to sign the flyer and he added "Keep this" and I did. Choke me up brah. Aloha 4-ev from Wichita.
jimhowardhi
Everything he does is always so "tasty". BEAUTIFUL
homeloft
Beautiful
sol_rythm
nice music
bcinelli69
A fantastic artist. His website says he's starting to teach via Skype as well, that should be a great experience for some lucky students.
This guy is great, but his biographical info seems pretty outdated. 1999? I was in fourth grade back then!
Please - the song is "Honolulu City LIGHTS" not "Honolulu City Limits"!
I'm new to Pandora but this music is exceptional!
I love the fact I can listen to hawaiian music at work! so much bettah than rap crap! Seriously though gotta correct that song title- Ouch to us old timers who grew up with it and cry when we hear it. LIGHTS not limits
phredgee_2
RREALREALREA L A B E A U T I F I L L R E N D I T I O N O F S O U N D M A D E F O R T H E H U N G E R Y M A S S E S W H O C A N A P E R I C I A T E REAL-
July 1978: as a teen, I was very privileged to hear Keola & Kapono Beamer live in concert at The Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Visited Kauai and Oahu. What a beautiful place! What amazing music!!
hana ho,hana ho. more,more,pl e a s e
The name of the song is "Honolulu City Lights." Please correct this.
reminds me of childhood summers, growing up in Kailua. took hula lessons from one of Keola's auntie's. just makes me smile.
b.lokahi
Reading the bio... and, wasn't the title of that song "Honolulu city lights"? ...not city limits?
Anyway we love you and your music, uncle!
cafuffle
Soothing...I need this! Really enjoy the gentle flow.
but IZ now he was 1 of a kind i miss you Budda! i was lucky enough to meet him and man he didnt have 1 mean part in him
im noot really feeling this song :/
pmelfman79
Beautiful!!
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