“Keola Beamer… the Quintessential Hawaiian Slack-Key Guitar Master"
– The New York Times
Across their prolific, four-decade careers, Hawaiian singer-songwriters Keola Beamer and Henry Kapono have attained legendary status pioneering the reinvention of Hawaiian music.
Nominated for two Grammys, Keola launched a statewide revival of slack key guitar in the 1970s, with his song “Honolulu City Lights” remaining the top-selling recording in the history of Hawaiian music. Expanding the reach of Hawaiian music into pop culture, Keola’s music was featured in the soundtrack of hit George Clooney film “The Descendants,” and he became one of the first to fuse Hawaiian slack-key techniques with contemporary stylings, now often featured with jazz and classical melodies. The winner of multiple Na Hoku Na Hanohano awards — the Hawaiian equivalent of the Grammy Awards — he also received the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts Lifetime Achievement Award.
Henry, performing for years as a vocalist-guitarist in the iconic duo Cecilio & Kapono, helped forge the all-new Hawaiian musical tradition birthed in the 1970s, which embraced contemporary rock sounds. Also a Grammy nominee, Kapono has earned numerous Na Hoku Hanohano awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year, Single of the Year and Album of the Year.
Back by high demand at Myron’s Cabaret Jazz, Keola and Henry perform on the heels of Henry’s recent release of his 20th solo album, “Welcome 2 My Paradise.” The two artists will showcase their many original hits, hailed as contemporary Hawaiian classics. Providing a full celebration of Hawaiian culture, Keola’s wife Moanalani will also perform hula.
A professional hula dancer, Moanalani has starred in the top revues of several prestigious hotels and resorts on the island of Maui. Her acclaimed career includes tenures with the shows of lead Hawaiian artists such as George Paoa, Jessie Nakoʻokā and Nephi Hanneman, as well as “The ʻOhana Revue” and “Here is Hawaiʻi,” one of the most successful live shows in Hawaii. She has also earned the designation of a master teacher in the art of hula.
Don’t miss this joyful performance by Hawaiian musical visionaries.
Approx. 120 minutes including intermission
Subject to change at artist’s discretion.
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