September 8th marks the anniversary of the birth of Helen Desha Beamer whose influence on Hawaiian music and hula are still keenly felt nearly a century-and-a-half later. Ho`olohe Hou Radio devoted an entire week of educational segments to this grande dame of Hawaiian culture. Those on air pieces have since been transcribed as blog articles with sound clips to illustrate Beamer’s vocal and composing style and her continuing influence on Hawaiian music and culture.
Ho`olohe Hou Radio will celebrate “Sweetheart Grandma” again next September. Until then click on the articles below to learn more about this most influential, forward-thinking, and daring figure in the history of Hawaiian culture.