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Mahi Beamer - born Edwin Mahiai Beamer - is the grandson of legendary singer, pianist, and composer Helen Desha Beamer. He is most well-known for his ability to sing very high register falsetto songs and for carrying on his grandmother's legacy by translating her Hawaiian language compositions into English and introducing them to the general public by recording them on albums in the 1960's. He is also an accomplished hula dancer and composer.

Mahi Beamer at Celebration Aumakua in 2008
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Facts About Mahi Beamer
  • Birth Place: Honolulu
  • Full Name: Edwin Mahiai Copp Beamer
  • Goes By: Mahi Beamer
  • Nickname: "Uncle Mahi"
  • Birth Place: Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Grandmother: Helen Desha Beamer
  • Mother: Mildred Kaaloehukaiopuaena Copp Beamer
  • Father: Milton Hoolulu Desha Beamer Sr. (born: 1903)
  • Graduated from Kamehameha Schools High School in 1946
  • Studied Music at the University of California Santa Barbara
  • Studied at the Julliard School of Music
  • Performed at Carnegie Hall in New York
  • Served in the U.S. Army 1951-1953 by playing piano and glockenspiel at the Schofield Base
  • Performed in Waikiki after serving in the military
  • Performed at Waikiki's Queen's Surf Nightclub 1954-1959
  • Recorded two albums in 1959, "The Remarkable Voice of Hawaii's Mahi Beamer in Authentic Hawaiian Songs, and "More Authentic Island Songs by Mahi, Hawaii's Most Remarkable Voice". The latter featured songs composed by his grandmother, Helen Desha Beamer. Both of Mahi's albums were re-released on CD in the last few years.
  • Performed in Nalani Kele's Polynesian Review at the Las Vegas Stardust Hotel for 13 years
  • He returned to Hawaii in 1974 and he performed at many of Hawaii's top venues including the Princeville and Westin Resorts on Kauai and the Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu.

    Mahi Beamer at Celebration Aumakua in 2008
    Pictures of Mahi Beamer with Amy Hanaialii, Robert Cazimero, DJ Billy V, and Nina Kealiiwahamana at Amy's "Aumakua" CD release party in August of 2008.

    Recordings by Mahi Beamer
    The Remarkable Voice of Hawaii's Mahi Beamer
    - 2004 CD Release Party for Above Album
    - Review of Above Album
    More Authentic Island Songs by Mahi
    - Review of Above Album

    Mahi Beamer Awards and Honors

    2008 Living Treasure of Hawaii Award
    Edwin Mahiai Beamer was honored in February of 2008 as a "Living Treasure of Hawaii", at the 33rd annual Honpa Hongwanji Mission awards ceremony at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. The award recognizes outstanding individuals for their contribution to preserving and perpetuating the distinctive cultural and artistic heritage of Hawaii.

    2006 Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame Inductee
    In 2006 Edwin Mahiai Beamer was inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame. A July 2007 Hawaii Theatre concert recognizing Mahi Beamer and the other 2006 inductees was completely sold out.

    1993 David Malo Award
    In 1993 Mahi Beamer received the David Malo Award for outstanding contributions in promoting an understanding and appreciation of the richness of Hawaiian culture and heritage.

    1992 State of Hawaii Recognition
    The State of Hawaii recognized Mahi Beamer in 1992 as a steward of the musical talent of the Beamer ohana and the leader in the dissemination and perpetuation of the cultural legacy of his grandmother Helen Desha Beamer.

    1991 Lifetime Achievement Award
    Received a Lifetime achievement award from the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts in 1991.

    Edwin Mahiai Copp Beamer Scholarship
    Edwin Mahiai Copp Beamer Scholarship honors the lifetime performance career of singer, pianist, composer, and Hawaiian cultural resource, Mahi Beamer.

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