“A dynamic force…dazzling”— The New York Times
Hailing from O‘ahu, Makana has received international acclaim as a talented slack-key guitarist, singer, composer, activist, and one of Hawaii’s cultural ambassadors. Recognized as one of the top guitarists in the U.S., his shows explore a broad spectrum of themes, often through the lens of humor and a piercing wit. Experience Makana’s delightful performance of both traditional and original songs featuring his exquisite vocals and gifted guitar playing.
“Makana provided a textbook illustration of slack-key style ...dazzling."
The New York Times
"He's lean, young, expressive, with impressive stage presence and jewel box precision… He is a master, for certain, but blessed with sizzling showmanship."
"I've been deep into classical music and Hawaiian slack-key guitar. I've gotten way into Andres Segovia, and this Hawaiian guitar player called Makana"
Kirk Hammett interview, Guitar World (Lead guitarist for Metallica)
“…he has taken this centuries-old tradition and blasted it into the 21st century”
“Slack key guitar music, indigenous to Hawai’i, has been around longer than the blues, and Makana is considered the greatest living player.”