Renowned Hawaiian guitarist on stage at WWU

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMarch 20, 2014 

Keola Beamer

World-renowned guitarist-singer Keola Beamer and his partner, hula master Moanalani Beamer, present an evening of traditional and contemporary island music and dance at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 23, 2014.

WILLIAM KIELY — COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

World-renowned guitarist-singer Keola Beamer and his partner, hula master Moanalani Beamer, present an evening of traditional and contemporary island music and dance at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 23.

Keola Beamer, considered a master of the Hawaiian slack key guitar, comes from five generations of Hawai's most beloved musical families, according to his website, kbeamer.com. The Beamers trace their roots to the 14th century; among their ancestors are the Princess Manono, killed in 1819 at Kuamoʻo, the last battle fought in Hawaiʻi, waged for the principle of retaining the old ways of Hawaiian religion and culture.

Keola Beamer wrote the classic "Honolulu City Lights," still one of the best-selling recordings in the history of Hawaiian music.

This performance marks Keola Beamer's first ever visit to Bellingham. Tickets are $32 and are available at 360-650-6146 and online at tickets.wwu.edu.

Reach Margaret Bikman at margaret.bikman@bellinghamherald.com or 360-715-2273.

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