Bring the ohana for special evening with Makana and guest artist Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole. This is a benefit concert for the Hawaiian Cultural Center of Hāmākua, and takes place at the Honokaa People’s Theatre, on Sunday, September 8, 2019 (4-7 p.m.). Ticket Info below.
Born and raised in Hawai’i, Makana grew up on the shores of Waikiki amid the likes of legend Don Ho and young Elvis-impersonator Bruno Mars. Makana- whose name means “a gift given freely”- began singing when he was 7-years-old, took up ‘ukulele at nine and began learning the ancient art of slack key at 11. By 14, he was performing professionally, and before long playing five nights a week. His reputation as the youngest virtuoso of slack key spread like molten volcanic lava throughout the islands.
Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole knows her roots, and she savors and celebrates them. Heralded as the emerging voice of Hawaii’s new generation, her songs and chants in her native language are steeped in the island’s lush landscape, her heritage and her history. From a family whose contributions to Hawaiian art and culture stretch back eight matrilineal generations, Kanaka’ole’s range is as remarkable as Hawaii’s ancient traditions. She deftly transitions from booming contralto to sharp soprano − she calls the latter her “skinny girl voice” − and also incorporates dance. Her performances range from soulful to sly as she sprinkles her songs with playful commentary and storytelling.
If You Go… Have A Good Show!
Event: MAKANA and KAUMAKAIWA KANAKA’OLE: A benefit concert for the Hawaiian Cultural Center of Hamakua.
When: Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 -4-7 p.m.
Where: Honokaa People’s Theatre, 45-3574 Mamane Street, Honokaa.
Cost: $25 General Admission (purchased via Eventbrite), $40 Gold seating includes CD.
Info: Tickets at the Theatre or HCCOHcafe only for this special Gold Seating package.