Kapono and Keola Beamer


Sons of Nona Beamer, Kapono (Breckenridge Keolamaikalani) and Keola (Brenton Kaponomalamalani) continue the musical tradition of their incredible family, taking Hawaiian music in new directions. Born in 1951 and 1952 in Kamuela, Hawaii, both grew up on the Big Island, then attended Kamehameha School and UH.

Keola developed a new slack key method and taught classical guitar while Kapono played guitar for the Charles K. L. Davis show at the Ilikai. They rebeled as children of the 60s and tried rock 'n' roll, but within a few years, returned to their roots. Now a famous duo, the Beamer brothers are famous composers, arrangers, singers and musicians, and chant and dance with ancient Hawaiian musical instruments.

Kapono and Keola have made many recordings and continue to do so. Their album Honolulu City Lights hit No. 1 on the pop album charts. Their mother says, "They have the courage to say what they feel and think in their music and lyrics. . .Their sound, I think, is sweet and honest."