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On the Scene
John Berger

Monday, December 6, 2004





Congratulations, Mahi!

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A GRAND NIGHT FOR MUSIC: One of the year's biggest events in Hawaiian music took place Wednesday as Mahi Beamer celebrated the release of his first CD -- a reissue of his 1959 album "Hawaii's Mahi Beamer" -- with an invitation-only CD release/pre-birthday party in the lobby of the Outrigger Waikiki. Mahi's cousin Gaye Beamer, left, was one of the organizers of the event. Robert Cazimero, Marlene Sai and Robbie Cabral were among the many invitees. Other notables include Kapono Beamer, Hailama Farden, Alan Yoshioka, Jay Larrin, Alan Yamamoto and Lilly Yamachika.


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WITH FOND ALOHA: Princess Abigail Kekaulike Kawananakoa was the keynote speaker and expressed the feelings of one and all when she shared her aloha for Mahi and his music. Ties between the two families go back several generations. More recently, it was the Abigail K. Kawananakoa Foundation that published "Songs of Helen Desha Beamer," the definitive collection of Beamer family songs, edited by Mahi's cousin Marmionett Magoon Ka'aihue.


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A MAN AND HIS "WHEELS": Kahauanu Lake, center, enjoyed the party with Kaina, left, and Healani Waia'o ("We're his wheels," she explained). Don McDiarmid Jr., who'd produced the original recordings in the Punahou School auditorium in 1959, was there with his wife, Alma, and son, Hula Records President Donald "Flip" McDiarmid III, producer of the upgraded reissue.


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ON THE DOWN LOW: Don Ho slipped in to congratulate Mahi on the "new" album and wish him a happy birthday (Mahi's birthday was yesterday). Genoa Keawe sat in with Mahi for several songs and said, "This is what we've been missing all these months while you've been 'on vacation.' "


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GOOD ADVICE: Sarah Anoipua Beamer, center, and her aunt Gaye Beamer, left, danced hula while Mahi played piano with Chris Kamaka on bass and William "Baba" Alimoot on guitar. Princess Kawananakoa advised Sarah afterward to be sure to smile when dancing hula.


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John Berger has covered the local entertainment scene since 1972. Contact him at jberger@starbulletin.com.



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