Kapono Beamer is a Grammy nominated recording artist. A talented guitarist, composer, singer, producer, arranger, engineer and recording artist, he is a multiple winner of Hawaii's version of the Grammy Awards, the "Na Hoku Hanohano Awards," with twelve awards, including Album(s) of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Contemporary Hawaiian Album(s) of the Year, Instrumental Album(s) of the Year, Producer(s) of the Year, and Recording Engineer of the Year. He is a great exponent of the traditional Hawaiian slack-key guitar, and takes six strings to new levels of mastery. To date Kapono has recorded 19 record albums as Featured Artist; and has appeared on many other Hawaiian and national recordings.
Escape To Paradise, Kapono's 1st Solo Album, won numerous Hawaiian Grammy (Hoku) Awards including "Album of the Year". The project features fabulous Hawaii and National guest artists; Robert Cazimero (Vocals: Oli Pele), Jerry Santos (Vocals: Kapua), Henry Kapono (Vocals, Electric Guitar: Escape To Paradise), Brother Noland (Vocals: Escape To Paradise, Tahiti Girl), Nohelani Cypriano (Vocals: Here Once Before), Jerry Byrd (Steel Guitar: Pipeline Slack Key), Davey Johnstone of Elton John Band (Electric Guitar solo: Escape to Paradise), Teddy Neely of Jesus Crhist Superstar (Vocals: Pele Lives Again).
1984 "Hoku Awards" (Hawaiian Music Grammy)
5 for "Escape To Paradise"
•Album of the Year
•Male Vocalist of the Year
•Contemporary Hawaiian Album of the Year
•Producer of the Year
•Best Engineering (Jim Linkner)