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Legends: Keola Beamer and Henry Kapono bring sounds of paradise to Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

The Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) celebrates Hawaii’s heritage with LEGENDS: KEOLA BEAMER & HENRY KAPONO delivering an intoxicating breeze of musical paradise on Sunday, January 16 at 7:00 P.M. Tickets start at $50.

KEOLA BEAMER is “the quintessential Hawaiian slack-key guitar master,” raves The New York Times of the island icon who established himself early as a leader of contemporary Hawaiian music when he wrote the all-time best-selling classic song Honolulu City Lights. Honolulu Magazine selected the tune as one of the “50 Greatest Songs of Hawaii,” which is widely embraced for reinventing the Hawaiian slack-key guitar genre. Wooden Boat, Keola Beamer’s first release on George Winston’s Dancing Cat label, was a Top 15 hit on Billboard’s World Music chart. Other Top 15 tunes include Moéuhane Kīkā – Tales From the Dream Guitar; Mauna Kea – White Mountain Journal; Kolonahe – From the Gentle Wind; and Soliloquy – Ka Leo o Loko (The Voice Within).

A recipient of the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, Hawaii’s equivalent of the Grammys, Beamer is one of the first Hawaiian musicians to integrate chants and instruments – like the tiny gourd whistle and the nose flute – with contemporary forms of music.

Grammy-nominated for a “Rock Album of the Year” for The Wild Hawaiian, HENRY KAPONO “is one of the great island songwriters of his generation,” proclaimed the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. A native Hawaiian, Kapono started singing at age 5 in a children’s church choir. With no formal music training, Kapono taught himself how to play the guitar by listening to records and the radio and observing professional guitarists in action.

Kapono has won five Na Hoku Hanohano Awards – including 1983’s “Male Vocalist of the Year” for Dreamer Boy (A Children’s Story); 1986’s Henry Kapono & Tropical Heat; 1991’s Song for Someone; and 1992’s “Song of the Year” for Broken Promise. His Grammy-nominated The Wild Hawaiian won a Na Hoku Hanohano honor for “Rock Album of the Year” in 2007.

Kapono, the author of the award-winning children’s book A Beautiful Hawaiian Day, has appeared in numerous television shows and the films Damien and Waterworld.

For tickets or more information, call (562) 916-8500 or go to cerritoscenter.com.

This article was released by Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.