Born in 1978, Ikaika Makanui Beamer was raised in Hanalei, on the island of Kauai, surrounded by members of Hawaii’s most beloved musical families. Their influence established a love for music in Ikaika early on. As a child with a love for reggae, hip-hop, rock-n-roll and Hawaiian music, Ikaika fused all of those sounds and created an edgy, new style of music that marries island style with, roots and pop genius.
Ikaika’s first band, Sticky Situation, was created when he moved to San Diego after college. Sticky Situation was quickly booked throughout Southern California's music scene playing numerous venues and local surfing and skateboarding events. “I couldn’t believe how fast people related to me and my music, I was truly grateful to play anywhere and everywhere I could,” says Ikaika.
After three years of performing on the West Coast, Ikaika moved back home to Hawaii, but this time to the island of Maui, to continue writing and creating new music. In 2010 Ikaika returned to the mainland, but this time focusing on the state of Arizona from Tucson to Flagstaff opening for bands such as The Green, Natural Vibrations, Colllie Budz, Seedless, Tribal Seeds, Fortunate Youth and more.
His continued success brought Ikaika back to California in 2011 as he concentrated his efforts on releasing the long awaited debut album "Acoustic HI". A compilation of acoustic, reggae, roots, hip hop and alternative styles; ACOUSTIC HI allowed Ikaika to finally put all of his experiences and influences to music. The experience opened up doors for “Kai”, as his friends call him, to work with acclaimed producer, Lewis “LewDog” Richards, and famed 17th Street Recording Studio where they honed Kai’s skills and subsequently released the much acclaimed “The Game,” with Bucky Springmeier on keys, Kevin Offitzer on drums, and Lew Richards on bass. The track has been a hit reaching radio rotations as far as Tokyo, Japan, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Brazil, Denmark, Great Britain and more. Kai is fast on the rise as he follows up “The Game” with the new hit “Just Cruise.” With a completed international tour in Costa Rica and more planned, He is currently tracking the final songs for the upcoming album set to release in July 2013.
“In my family, music was always around, and it was taken very seriously,” Beamer says. “It was always a passion of mine, and I’ve never stopped trying to write songs that people can love and relate to. Hawaiians are up against a shallow stereo type often demeaning to the native culture, and I want to counter such images and show the world we have so much to give.”
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