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Helen Desha Beamer

Helen Desha Beamer
Background information
Birth name Helen Kapuailohia Desha
Born (1882-09-08)September 8, 1882
Honolulu, Kingdom of Hawaii
Died September 25, 1952(1952-09-25) (aged 70)
Genres Hawaiian
Occupation(s) Singer, musician, composer
Instruments Vocals, Piano

Helen Kapuailohia Desha Beamer (Sept. 8, 1882–Sept. 25, 1952)[1] was a musician, composer of songs in the Hawaiian language, hula dancer and coloratura soprano of Hawaiian ancestry. Her descendents have also become accomplished artists in the U.S. state of Hawaii. In 1928, her duet of the Hawaiian Wedding Song with Sam Kapu on Columbia Records was the first commercial recording of the Charles E. King composition . She was inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame in 1995.


  • Early life 1
  • Professional career 2
  • Personal life and legacy 3
  • Compositions (partial list) 4
  • Family tree 5
  • References 6

Early life

Helen Kapuailohia Desha was born on September 8, 1882, in Honolulu, on the island of

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  7. ^ Helen Desha Beamer at Find a Grave


Alexander P. Miller Jr.
Kapuailohia Wahine Kanuha Kaialiilii
Sarah Kaili Kele Miller
John Mahiʻai Miller
Lucy Kaʻumealani Cummings
Samuel Kalimahana Miller
Daisy Amoe Ai
George Langhern Desha
Isabella Kalili Haleala Miller
Noa Miller
Sakichi Hayashi
Annie Maikaʻi Miller
Peter Carl Beamer
Helen Kapuailohia Desha
David Lester Desha
Milton Ho'olulu Beamer
Kaaloehukaiopuaena Copp
Francis Keali'inohopono Beamer
Louise Leiomälama
Harriet Kekahiliokalani Beamer
Peter Carl Kaleika`apunihonua Beamer Jr.
Helen Elizabeth Kawohikukapulani Beamer
Mahi Beamer
Odell Steppe
Winona Beamer
Keola Beamer
Kapono Beamer

Family tree

[5]Source: allmusic

Compositions (partial list)

In 1995, she was inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame.[2]

Helen Desha married Peter Carl Beamer of Hilo. The couple had five children. She was the matriarch of a musical dynasty that includes her grandson, falsetto singer Mahi Beamer, who was inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame in 2006; granddaughter Winona (Nona) Beamer; and Nona Beamer's two sons, Keola and Kapono.[6] She died in 1952 and is buried at Homelani Memorial Park in Hilo.[7]

Personal life and legacy

She had a coloratura soprano range and was a recording artist for Columbia Records. In 1928, she and artist Sam Kapu made the first commercial recording of the Hawaiian Wedding Song, which had been written by composer Charles E. King as "Ke Kali Nei Au".[2][4] She was the composer of numerous songs in the Hawaiian language that are still being recorded by contemporary Hawaiian artists.[5]

Professional career

She was also the organist at Haili Church in Hilo.[4]

[3] ancestry.Hawaiian to provide education for children of Bernice Pauahi Bishop Kamehameha Schools was established by the estate of [2] for Girls, where the school's music director noted her talent as a pianist and as a song composer.Kamehameha School Her grandmother was a notable bakumele, Hawaiian for composer of music. Helen was a graduate of [1]

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