Venue: Center Theater
Legends of Hawaiian music, Keola Beamer and Henry Kapono!
Keola Beamer and Henry Kapono became icons in the 1970s, both at the creative forefront of Hawaiian music reinvention. They have continued to lead the way for over 4 decades. Touring together, Keola & Henry have been greeted by wildly enthusiastic audiences, celebrating their original songs that have become beloved contemporary Hawaiian classics.
Keola Beamer, raised in Hawaii, helped drive what became the Hawaiian Cultural Renaissance, recording many songs written by his ancestors, including his legendary great-grandmother Helena 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 Hawaii’s first recording artists to integrate Hawaiian chants and instruments, like the tiny gourd whistle and flute, into contemporary forms of music. Keola has recorded and produced more than a dozen albums; winning numerous Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, Hawaii’s equivalent of a Grammy, and appearing on Sesame Street and NBC’s “Today Show.”
Henry Kapono is a performer who has it all – vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, composer, thrilling performer, and audience favorite. As an award-winning and Grammy-nominated singer songwriter, he has taken home multiple awards including 14 Na Hoku Awards. He is also the author of award-winning children’s book, A Beautiful Hawaiian Day. Henry along with duo Cecilio & Kapono, the first Hawaii group to achieve a national recording contract (Columbia Records); recorded 14 albums, giving contemporary and folk rock a new perspective. Henry touches the soul of listeners 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.
“[Keola Beamer] … The Quintessential Hawaiian Slack-Key Guitar Master”- The New York Times
“Kapono is one of the great island songwriters of his generation.” – Honolulu Star-Advertiser