KAHILU THEATRE PRESENTS
Friday, November 11, 2022
Doors: 6 p.m. | Show: 7 p.m.
67-1186 Lindsey Rd
Waimea, HI 96743
(808) 885-6868 KAHILU THEATRE
$35-65 Buy tickets> KahiluTheatre.org
The Kahilu Theatre will present Makana in concert on Friday, November 11, 2022, at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online or by calling the box office at (808) 885-6868.
From his youth as a slack key guitar prodigy to his historic theatrical concerts honoring kupuna, from his presidential poetic protests and people’s anthems to his aloha’ āina, Makana has an unmatched artistic legacy.
Makana is a singer, composer, and master of the Hawaiian slack key guitar tradition. Esquire Magazine refers to him as “the greatest living player,” and The New York Times calls him “dazzling.” As a child, he learned directly from the legends of the art form, including Bobby Moderow, Raymond Kaleoalohapoinaʻoleohelemanu Kāne, and Sonny Chillingworth. Slack key is a style dating back to the mid-1800s in which the guitar strings are “slacked” into beautiful chordal tunings. In these tunings — handed down through generations — the player performs alternating bass patterns, complex rhythms, and lead melodies simultaneously to create a sound that evokes three guitars in one, producing a lush acoustic soundscape that summons the dramatic imagery of Hawaiʻi.
Makanaʻs style honors the rich legacy of the slack key guitar by perpetuating the family traditional lines and pioneering new ways of playing. His original music has been featured on three Grammy-nominated albums, including the Academy Award-winning film The Descendants soundtrack. In addition, guitar Player Magazine ranked him as one of the top 3 guitarists in America, and the Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts recognized his contributions to the art with the Slack Key Legacy Award.
Beyond slack key guitar, Makanaʻs music transcends the traditional to include folk and cross-cultural blends, as well as bluegrass, blues, Latin, rock, and modern forms like hip-hop. His live performances are raw, spontaneous, and transparent; his oeuvre is vast and diverse — he released over 300 songs through albums, singles, and social media, with billions of listens — and all of his music is inspired by a deep commitment to serving and lifting others.
Makana has supported many musical icons in concert, including Sting, Elvis Costello, Santana, Jason Mraz, Gotye, Common, No Doubt, Leon Russell, and Joe Walsh of The Eagles, and he has performed at opera houses from Europe to Asia as well as The White House. His concerts offer a moving and unforgettable window into humanity through the lens of Hawaiian values and a rare integration of ancient and contemporary artistry.
Photos: ©2022 Steven Roby