Beamer and Moanalani in concert; Photo by Darlene Crawford
Night of Magic and Aloha
It was an emotional
moment for this reporter as I put the telephone receiver into its
cradle following a call from George Vincent, Keola Beamer's agent
saying that there was a possibility that my favorite guitarist,
wanted to tour Alaska this December with his lovely wife and dance
diva, Moanalani and that they were considering coming to Seldovia!!!!!
When I told Lynn Corwin about the chance, she too, was thrilled.
Hailing from Hawaii she, too, knew of Keola's talent and his deep
connections to his culture through music and dance and his family's
significant contributions to the arts of Hawaii over several generations.
Keola is responsible for the renaissance of a form of guitar, Ki
ho'alu , or slack key . He is also the composer of the best selling
popular song in the history of modern Hawaii, "Honolulu City
Lights", and many, many more hits for such record companies
as Windom Hill and Dancing Cats. His mother, Winona Beamer, herself
a talented dancer and performer, is credited with creating the King
Kamahamaha School, in which Hawaiian culture was finally valued
and taught to young Hawaiians who were loosing their traditional
arts . His Grandmother, Helen Desha Beamer was one of the most valued
composers in Hawaii. It was unbelievable that such a bright star
would want to come to our small town.
A magical ball was set rolling as Lynn suggested an Oriental Dinner
to accompany the performance and the Seldovia Arts Council Board
decided that we would try to make this a free concert as a Christmas
gift to the community. A variety of businesses who were contacted,
offered financial backing and members of the Seldovia Arts Council
and other community volunteers, concentrated their best efforts
toward making this one of the finest events yet. To try to name
all the folks who volunteered their time would be foolish, for so
many came forward. Seldovia Arts Council says " Mahalo"
to all who came and enjoyed that dynamite meal and the delicious
concert and to those who helped make it possible. Even the weather
was co-operative, as in the middle of the first snow of the season,
a "hole" opened up . Against all odds, the visitors came
and went in calm.
to underwriters: Seldovia Arts Council, Seldovia Native Association
Inc. Seldovia Rowing Club B and B, The Mainstreet Market, Smokey
Bay Air, Beachcomber Realty and to Deborah Peterson of Anchorage
who provided financial support for the event. And special thanks
to lead cooks: Lynn Corwin, Han Werba and Robert Purpura. Also special
thanks to the Bunnell Street Gallery of Homer for partnering this