Renowned Hawai’i recording artist Makana recently released a heartfelt new album titled A Hawaii Interlude. The all-instrumental 20-track collection pulls from multiple genres while creating a few new ones along the way. Joined by several top-flight musicians like Jeff Peterson and Riley Lee, this hour-long musical journey guides the listener through many unexplored paths before reaching a peaceful conclusion.
In this podcast, Makana and I discuss his new album in-depth, and his prolific songwriting talent – “I just created eight new songs in the last three weeks.” He also talks about what he hopes the listener experience will be like – “The joy for me is when people project their own narratives into these songs. I keep trying to re-sculpt new ‘containers,’ and want to expand the doorway into our culture through music.”
Makana will be doing a Facebook live streaming concert in celebration of Mother’s Day on Saturday, May 9, at 2 p.m. (HST). You can watch the event on his Facebook page.
On Sunday, May 10, at 3 p.m. (HST), Makana, along with several other Hawaiian musicians, will take part in the 90-minute program titled Hale to Hale: A Concert for Hawaii’s Health Care Heroes. There will also be messages from Lt. Governor Josh Green, Senator Mazie Hirono, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, and executives from Hawaiʻi’s health care industry. Viewers can watch the show on KHNL-TV (channel 8), or stream it at www.KongRadio.com.
A Hawaii Interlude can be found on iTunes. To purchase the album on a desktop computer, click on the link above, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Also available in the iTunes Store.” To purchase the album on a mobile device, open the iTunes Store app on your mobile device, then search for Makana, A Hawai’i Interlude.
You can also stream the album on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Google Play, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and more.
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