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Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa

Representing the 1st District of Hawaii

STATEMENT BY REPRESENTATIVE COLLEEN HANABUSA ON THE PASSING OF EDWIN MAHIAI COPP BEAMER

July 14, 2017
Press Release

I was saddened to learn this morning of the passing of Edwin Mahiai Copp Beamer, also affectionately known as “Mahi.” He was one of Hawaii’s most prolific musicians of traditional Hawaiian music and dance and was widely known as one of Hawaii’s most notable falsetto voices. Mahi was a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools, Julliard School and served in the United States Army at Schofield Barracks.  He is the grandson of famed Hawaiian musician and composer, Helen Desha Beamer.  His legacy includes providing English translations of his grandmother’s famed Hawaiian language compositions, which allowed for the mentorship of some of Hawaii’s most popular names in Hawaiian music including Keola and Kapono Beamer.  His musical talent contributed to the successful establishment of the Hawaiian Renaissance, paving a path for future generations of traditional Hawaiian musicians while preserving Hawaiian music as a predominant musical genre in Hawaii.  Mahi’s music was enjoyed all over the globe including regular shows in Waikiki, Princeville Resort on Kauai, Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore, and Las Vegas, with notable performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall.  

Hawaii has lost one of its treasures with the passing of Mahi, but his musical legacy shall live eternally in the voices and musical compositions of Hawaii’s musicians.    On behalf of Hawaii's First Congressional District, I extend my heartfelt aloha to the entire Beamer 'Ohana at this time.