One of Hawai'i's music legends and a recipient of the Hawai'i Academy of Recording Arts' Lifetime Achievement Award, Keola Beamer will present a once-in-a-lifetime concert on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Maui Arts & Cultural Center.
The concert is inspired by the nationally televised PBS Hawai'i special, "Keola Beamer: Malama Ko Aloha" (Keep Your Love).
Keola shares this artistic statement relating to his stage production:
Hawaiian music legend Keola Beamer will present a once-in-a-lifetime concert on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Maui Arts & Cultural Center. His lovely wife, Kumu Hula Moanalani Beamer, will grace the stage with chant, dance and Hawaiian percussive instruments.
"When I was growing up, my mother, Winona Beamer, would often say, 'malama ko aloha.' Mom wanted us to cherish or keep our love. Her idea was that, by keeping aloha in our hearts and reflecting upon its meaning in our lives, we could help the idea of aloha to grow in the world."
With his extensive body of work, as well as this enduring philosophy, Beamer continues to achieve new heights as a composer, arranger, guitarist and vocalist. He was one of the composer-performers on the Oscar-nominated film, "The Descendants."
His Beamer 'Ohana nonprofit, The Mohala Hou Foundation, conducts Hawaiian cultural immersion experiences through its bi-annual Aloha Music Camp held at the Keauhou Beach Resort in Kona. He has recorded and produced more than 20 albums, and Keola continues to collaborate musically with noted musical artists.
Joining Keola for Malama Ko Aloha are his dear friend, R. Carlos Nakai, a Native American flutist and nine-time Grammy Award nominee; and jazz pianist virtuoso Geoffrey Keezer, who has two Grammy Award nominations and has performed across the globe.
Keola's wife, Kumu Hula Moanalani Beamer, will grace the stage with chant, dance and Hawaiian percussive instruments.
The concert in the Castle Theater will be preceded by a Hawaiian music and a hula program in the Yokouchi Pavilion Courtyard from 6:15 to 7 p.m. Na Maile Ku Honua, led by Kumu Hula Moanikeala Whittle-Wagner, will perform accompanied by Kawika Ho'opi'i, Brandon Hirata and Kimo Lum-Lung. Hawaiian arts and crafts will be available for purchase along with dinner items.
Tickets to Malama Ko Aloha are available for $12, $28, $37 and $85 for VIP seats (plus applicable fees). Call the MACC Box Office at 242-SHOW (7469) or go online to MauiArts.org.