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Aloha ‘Oe Mahi Beamer

On July 17, 2017, Mahi Beamer, known most dearly to those in my family as “Uncle Mahi” passed away at the age of 88. His brother Milton “Sonny” Beamer had also passed just two weeks prior on July 5th.

Mahi Beamer came into our family’s lives in his early 20s, through his sister Sunbeam, who used to work with my mother at Aloha Airlines in reservations at their downtown office. Through that connection and friendship, they would often go and watch Uncle Mahi play piano and sing at Queen’s Surf, which back in the day was THE happening spot in Waikiki, where anyone who was somebody would be seen. My mother’s best friend, Nalani Kele would often go with her and Aunty Sunbeam to watch Uncle Mahi perform, and through that, when Aunty Nalani started her Polynesian Review in Las Vegas, she eventually hired Uncle Mahi as one of her lead performers for her Las Vegas show. 

And through the years they all became close friends, where Uncle Mahi would often come to our home in Kaneohe and play piano and sing at all our house parties. My sister Keanu recalls how often Uncle Mahi would come knocking on our door after midnight, after finishing his gigs at Kaneohe Bay Golf Course, and ask if my mom was up. My grandmother would tell Uncle Mahi, “Mahi, it’s late, go home already”, but he would insist on staying and singing on the piano. So my mother would get up, and they’d end up singing late into the morning. 

That’s just one of surely many warm stories from many more friends and family who Uncle Mahi Beamer’s life has touched. Ask anyone who knew Mahi Beamer, and they will tell you, there will never be anyone like Mahi Beamer. He was a unique, extremely musically gifted, funny and loving person. 

Following is photo coverage from Uncle Mahi Beamer’s service, that took place this past Friday, July 28, 2017 at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in downtown Honolulu. Enjoy. 

St. Andrew’s Cathedral in downtown Honolulu

Beamer ohana

Beamer Copp Ohana

Mahi’s sister Sunbeam and Pomai

Pomai Souza with Kapono Beamer. Keola and Kapono Beamer performed their hit song “Honolulu City Lights” at Uncle Mahi Beamer’s service this past Friday. Sounded just like the original recording! Awesome!  

Robert Cazimero and Pomai (note, in case you haven’t heard, Robert also lost his brother Roland recently)

Nalani Kele and Pomai

Aaron Sala… this guy can rip on the piano and has an incredible voice! Uncle Mahi was his mentor. 

Robert Cazimero played piano and back-up vocals in songs throughout the service

Chances are if you met Mahi Beamer, he’d be at the piano

St. Andrew’s lunch hall

Haili’s Hawaiian Foods owners Lorraine Haili-Alo and her husband Simeone

Catering for Uncle Mahi’s service luncheon was provided Haili’s Hawaiian Foods on Kapahulu Avenue 

Catering by Haili’s Hawaiian Foods

Poi by Haili’s

Roasted Molokai Sweet Potato by Haili’s 

Hawaiian style (Limu Kohu and Inamona) Ahi Poke by Haili’s

Lomi Salmon by Haili’s

Chicken Long Rice by Haili’s Hawaiian Foods

Pork Laulau by Haili’s

Haupia by Haili’s

Malasadas and Poi Malasadas by Haili’s 

Lilikoi Cake by Haili’s

Guava Cake by Haili’s

Hawaiian Plate by Haili’s

Hawaiian Plate by Haili’s 

Haili’s Pork Laulau was excellent! Everything was excellent! 

Guava Cake by Haili’s

In Loving Memory of Edwin Mahi’ai Copp Beamer 1928 ~ 1917

Mahi Beamer service program PDF


4 thoughts on “Aloha ‘Oe Mahi Beamer

  • August 2, 2017 at 5:58 am

    So sorry for your loss, Pomai.  What a fine tribute to your uncle, by you, your ohana, and members of Hawaiian music royalty.  Best wishes.

  • August 2, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Looks like it was a beautiful service for a well loved man Pomai.




  • September 4, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Mahi and family.  He was a very special person who we loved very much.  My wife and I had many great times with him at Bayview days in Kaneohe.  He will be dearly missed by his loving family and friends.  It was an honor to know and love him.

  • October 25, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Sorry for your loss. I took hula lessons from Myrtle Beamer who lived on Kailua Road near S. Kalaheo Ave and the entrance to Kailua Beach. The road to Lanikai was across from her house and studio. I started hula around 1962 and Mrs. Beamer used many of the songs from Mr. Beamer’s Hawaii’s Mahi Beamer record album. To this day, those songs are still my favorites. I wish I had movies from our annual hula recitals that Mrs. Beamer produced. Sadly, I left Kailua in 1972 after graduating from Kailua High School and never kept in touch with Mrs. Beamer. She did write down the hula’s movements on paper to a few of the songs which I still have.


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