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.
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!
Nalani Kele and Pomai Souza
Haili’s Hawaiian Foods owners Lorraine Haili-Alo and her husband Simeone
In Loving Memory of Edwin Mahi’ai Copp Beamer 1928 ~ 1917