The Hilo Palace Theater is proud to present Makana for a special Father’s Day concert on Sunday, June 19, at 4:00 p.m. For tickets/info, call 808-934-7010, or visit: http://hilopalace.com.
Makana will be performing songs from his latest album, Pūlama: Legacies of Hawai’i. Inspired by Hawaiian music legends like George Helm, Gabby “Pops” Pahinui, and Dennis Kamakahi, Makana’s sublime solo performance offers heartfelt homage to the true traditional spirit of Hawaiian music
“I’ve always believed that our greatest agency is to choose to respond with love,” says Makana. “My father unexpectedly passed in January. As part of my healing, I choose to share my love with other fathers and their families. Loving through sharing my music, in turn, heals me.”
“We are thrilled to have Makana back on the Palace stage,” said Phillips Payson, Executive Director of the Palace Theater. “His latest work is an incredible heritage celebration appropriate for a Father’s Day event.”
Makana has been playing music since the age of 9, when he joined Roy Sakuma’s ukulele school. At age 11, he was introduced to slack key by Nānākuli master Raymond Kāne, and by age 13 became the protégé of slack key legend Sonny Chillingworth. From these humble beginnings, Makana has risen to international acclaim.
Slack-key is a way of tuning the guitar by loosening the strings. Combined with a unique way of playing notes on the fretboard, Kī hōʻalu, which means “loosen the key,” is the Hawaiian language name for the solo fingerpicked style unique to Hawai’i. Slack-key music is sweet and soulful and often seems to draw out the heart and soul of the instrumentalist.
Make your plans to attend the special Father’s Day concert on Sunday, June 19, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $45 for Priority Orchestra seating and $25 for General Admission. Tickets are available now on the Palace website at hilopalace.com, at the box office, or over the phone at 808 934-7010, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Photo: Steve Roby