Show Notes: This is an interview with Hawaiian slack key guitar master Makana before his Father’s Day concert at the Hilo Palace Theater on June 19 – ticket info below. In the interview, we discussed his latest album, Pūlama: Legacies of Hawai’i, and the upcoming event.
Makana’s Father’s Day concert will focus on the broad traditions of Hawaiian music, exploring the rich heritage of kī hō’alu (slack key guitar) and leo (voice) in the uniquely Hawaiian style. Drawing from legends of the Hawaiian music renaissance like George Helm, Gabby “Pops” Pahinui, Dennis Kamakahi, and The Sunday Mānoa, Makana invites us to immerse our spirits in the sound of “old Hawai’i” as he offers song and story in the nahenahe (sweet-sounding) fashion of his kupuna (elders). Always honoring his kumu (teachers), like the late slack key master Sonny Chillingworth, Makana weaves a lei of songs celebrating the slack key guitar’s past and emerging frontiers.
This Sunday, Makana will be performing selections from his brand-new album Pūlama: Legacies of Hawai’i (released April 2022), a heartfelt homage to the genuine spirit and sound of Hawai’i.
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 Theater’s 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.
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