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Thursday, January 25, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

Keola Beamer & Henry Kapono are two legends of Hawaiian music. Each became an icon in the 1970s, at the creative forefront as Hawaiian music reinvented itself. They have continued to lead the way for over four decades.

Keola Beamer's contributions to slack key guitar during the 1970s began to spark public interest in kī-hō‘alu, launching a statewide revival of the tradition, and his 1978 release, Honolulu City Lights, is the largest selling recording in the history of Hawaiian music. Today he is one of Hawai‘i's premier singer-songwriters, arrangers, composers and masters of the Hawaiian slack key guitar.

Henry Kapono, with Cecilio Rodriguez, became the wildly popular phenomenon Cecilio & Kapono (aka C&K). They helped forge the sound of '70s Hawaiian music, with laid-back contemporary rock that voiced the feelings of an entire generation in Hawai‘i. Today as a solo artist, Henry is a Grammy-nominated and award-winning singer and songwriter.

Despite their common history, Keola & Henry first performed together in 2014, when Henry invited Keola & Moana Beamer to take part in Back in the Day. This wildly successful show featured Hawai‘i's musical greats who changed Hawaiian music, starting in the "Hawaiian Renaissance" of the 1970s—the seminal movement in Hawai‘i's cultural history that brought language, music, hula, art, and all aspects of Hawaiian culture back to their central place in the life of the Islands.

Keola & Henry will each perform a set, and then come together onstage to celebrate their original songs that have become beloved classics of contemporary Hawaiian music.

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Keolamaikalani Breckenridge Beamer was raised on Hawai‘i Island, born into one of Hawai‘i's most illustrious and beloved musical families. He established himself early as the family's youngest standard-bearer. A child of the rock & roll era, he was at the vanguard of Hawaiian contemporary sound. Yet he also helped drive what became the Hawaiian Cultural Renaissance, recording many songs written by his ancestors, including his legendary great-grandmother Helen Desha Beamer and his mother Nona Beamer.

Keola studied classical guitar, and went on to publish a slack key method book using a 16th-century lute tablature system as his starting point. He was one of Hawai‘i's first recording artists to integrate Hawaiian chants and instruments, like the tiny gourd whistle and nose flute, into contemporary forms of music. Keola has recorded and produced more than a dozen albums, has won numerous Na Hoku Awards, Hawai‘i's "Grammy," and appeared on Sesame Street and NBC's Today Show.

Says Willie Nelson, "There's no better slack key player than Beamer."

Moanalani Beamer began her hula training at the early age of four with Kumu Hula (Hula Master) Johnny Hokoana, and continued training extensively with several different hula masters; she herself became a Kumu Hula in 2011, following a rigorous process of study and graduation (‘uniki). Her performing career included starring in several hula revues on Maui. In performance with Keola, she dances, chants, sings background vocals, and plays several ancient Hawaiian percussive instruments, including `ili`ili (river stone castanets), ka`eke`eke (cut bamboo) and Ipu (gourd drum). She also teaches, sharing her hula knowledge with students on Maui as well as in workshops across the U.S. and Europe.

Henry Kapono Ka'aihue is a performer who has it all—vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, composer, thrilling performer, audience favorite. He is an award-winning and Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter. He has taken home numerous Na Hoku Hano Hano Awards (Hawaii's "Grammy") including Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year, Single of the Year, and Album of the Year. He is also the author of the award-winning children's book, A Beautiful Hawaiian Day, has appeared in films, and has made many television appearances.

At the forefront of Hawaiian music since the 1970s with the duo Cecilio & Kapono, the first Hawai‘i group to achieve a national recording contract (Columbia Records); together they recorded 13 albums, giving contemporary and folk rock a new perspective. Always musically adventurous, Henry launched a solo career in 1981, with 17 albums to date—and five Na Hoku (Hawaiian "Grammy") awards. Henry touches the soul with the simple honesty of his lyrics and music, and the gift of an evocative, plaintive balladeer's voice that haunts you long after he leaves the stage.


$18-$43; Premium $48
Students with ID & Children 12 and Under $12

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