Keola Beamer has been described as "the best slack key guitar player on the planet!" by the legendary Willie Nelson. And Keola's awards history proves it. However, beyond recognition as a Master of the Slack Key Guitar by his contemporaries, Keola is undeniably one of Hawai'i's premier singer/songwriters, arrangers, and composers. His film credits include the Five-Time Oscar Nominated film "The Descendants" for which Keola performed five sound tracks.
His well of talent springs from five generations of Hawai's most illustrious and beloved musical families. The Beamers trace their roots to the 14th century; among their ancestors are Queen Ahiakumai Ki'eki'e and Ho'olulu, a child of the favored wife of Kamehameha I.
Born in 1951, Keolamaikalani Breckenridge Beamer was raised in Kamuela, on the Big Island, surrounded by the beautiful open pastures of his Grandfather's cattle ranch.
Keola established himself early on as the family's youngest standard-bearer. A child of the rock and roll era, he has always been on the vanguard of the Hawaiian contemporary sound. However, he also helped drive what has come to be known today as the Hawaiian Cultural Renaissance: he has recorded many of the songs written by his ancestors, from the lively Keawaiki to the lullaby Pupu Hinuhinu. He has recorded and produced more than twenty albums, winning numerous Hoku Awards, Hawai'i's equivalent of the Grammies. He has even appeared on Sesame Street and on NBC's "Today Show." He is a Grammy Nominee and in 2010 received the "Lifetime Achievement" award from the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts in Honolulu, Hawai'i.
2011 Oscar Nominated Film
Keola Beamer contributed five sound tracks
2008 Grammy Nominee
Ka Hikina O Ka Hau ("The Coming of the Snow")
2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Award Nominations
(Keola Beamer & Raiatea")
Group of The Year
Album of the Year
Song of the Year
Island Music Album of the Year
Favorite Entertainer of the Year
2010 Na Hoku Hanohano
Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
2004 Na Hoku Hanohano Award Recipient
Contemporary Album of the Year (Mohala Hou: Music of the Hawaiian Renaissance)
1998 Na Hoku Hanohano Award Recipient
Instrumental Album of the Year (Mauna Kea: White Mountain Journal)
1. ʻEleʻele Ka Wai
2. Pupu Hinuhinu
3. Waipiʻo Pakaʻalana/Malama
4. Kaulana Na Pua/One Hanau
5. He Punahele No ʻOe
6. Ina (“Imagine”)
7. ʻElepaio Slack Key
8. Wahine Holo Lio
9. E Manono
10. Our Time For Letting Go
11. Hoʻokupu Makou Ia Manono