Slack Key Guitar Legacy Makana Coming to Kahilu Theatre March 7-8


The Kahilu Theatre presents An Evening with Makana as the musician returns to Kamuela for two performances on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 8, 2020, at 2 p.m. Ticket info below.

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 created quite an artistic legacy.

Makana is a singer, composer, and master of the indigenous Hawaiian Slack-Key guitar tradition. The New York Times called him “dazzling.”  His original music has been featured on three Grammy-nominated albums, including the soundtrack of the Academy-Award winning film “The Descendants,” starring George Clooney.

Born in 1978 in Hawai’i, Makana grew up on the shores of Waikīkī amid the likes of legend Don Ho and young Bruno Mars. Makana—whose name means “a gift given freely”—began singing when he was seven-years-old, took up ‘ukulele at nine and began studying the centuries-old art of slack key guitar at eleven, learning from the great Hawaiian masters. He quickly gained the reputation as the youngest virtuoso of the tradition and has evolved his own dynamic, high-octane style, coined “Slack Rock,” infused with elements of bluegrass, rock, and blues.

The focus of Makana’s art is to celebrate the beauty of tradition while exploring new, relevant perceptions, sounds and themes. In his music he often honors his forebears, the vintage Hawaiian music legends as well as the rock poet idols of the 60s, paying homage to the kupuna (elders) who carry within their Beings the cultural wisdom passed down through generations.

If you go… Have a good show!

Event: An Evening with Makana
When: Two shows – March 7, 2020, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 8, 2020, at 2 p.m.
Where: Kahilu Theatre
Cost: $65/$35
Info: Tickets can be purchased at, (808) 885-6868 or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela (Waimea).
Artist’s website:


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