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Makana

Hawaiian slack key guitarist Makana was born on the island of Oahu. He began singing at the age of seven. At nine, he took up the ukulele, adding the slack key guitar when he was 11 and studying with Sonny Chillingworth. He had already turned professional by the age of 14. His debut album, Makana, was released in 1999; it won the Best World Music Album Award at the Hawaii Music Awards. It was followed by Koi Au in 2002 and Ki Ho'alu: Journey of Hawaiian Slack Key in 2003. In 2006, Makana contributed to the Grammy-nominated album Hawaiian Slack Key Kings. The same year, his fourth album, Different Game, was released. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Different Game

1. Away

2. Interlude I

3. Mars Declares

4. Different Game

5. Necksnap Blues

6. So We Say Goodbye

7. Interlude II

8. New Love Song

9. Reflections (Throwing Stones)

10. Interlude III

11. Flood II

12. Home

13. Goodnite Friend

14. Time Of Being

15. Shooting Star

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Track List: Ki Ho'alu - Journey Of Hawaiian Slack Key

1. How'd Ya Do

2. Na Ka Pueo

3. Moana Chimes

4. Makee Ailana

5. Ku'u Lei 'awapuhi

7. Pu'uanahulu

8. Ho'oilina

9. As The World Tunes

10. Blue Dolphin Song

11. Napo'o Ka La

12. Song For Sonny

13. Ahe Lau Makani

14. Pua Sadinia

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Track List: Koi Au

1. Dragon Throws Out Pearl

2. Bali Kamaha'o

3. E Nihi Ka Hele

4. Slack Key #1

5. Reunion

6. Koi: I Emergence II Current Of Life III Epilogue

7. Ka Wailele O Nu'uanu

8. Ku'u Lei 'awapuhi

9. Maharina

10. Fado

11. 'ihiuka

12. Makani

13. Koke'e Cabin

14. Far From Home

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Track List: Ripe

1. Ka'ena Dream

2. Bizarre Love Triangle

3. Nectarine

4. Going To California

5. Manic

6. Slackmenco

7. When I Was A Chile

8. Hi'ilawe

9. Tears

10. Home (Duet Version)

11. We Are The Many

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Listening to Napo'o Ka La reminds me of what a gift it was living with Uncle Job in Honokohau, and waking up to slack key guitar notes on the gentle morning breeze. Uncle Job practicing his slack key under the tutelage of Uncle George. He was so dedicated he would wake up at 4AM to get some practice time before his day would begin. It was time for coffee and surf and/or paddling, what a great alarm clock!
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Just saw him on Friday 10/14/2016 at Waimea Theater. I finally get Aloha after 3 visits to Kuai. Magical
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I met him
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Is no one acknowledgin g that this is erection radio? Why are you people on erection radio you f**king perverts
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randyandjoie
Beautiful! Mahalo for the lovely music that sweeps me away and takes me back to the stunning islands of Hawaii.
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Makana is an AMAZING artist/visio n a r y / a c t i v i s t / s p i r i t u a l being/musici a n / p h i l a n t h r o p i s t ... Having moved from the islands recently, watching his career for 20 years, I have to say that MAKANA is probably the one thing I miss the most about Hawaii ... Ever in the light, Brah!! Miss Poole and Jack Sparrow
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Thank you for your recent concert in Cayucos, CA. I have an art gallery in Cambria, CA and listen to Hawaiian music every day that I work. Seeing you in person was exhilarating . I went home, after buying 2 of your CD's and danced around the living room. Love ya, Brenda Gale
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this one of many, many beautiful voices from the Hawaiian Islands..... thier music is from the heart. and touches many, as well as mine..Mahalo for bringing them to us Pandora.....
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Protector of heritage. Voices the unseen. Beautiful Man and visions. Be well and continue strong.
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And he stands up for the aina (land)
A true visionary. Listen to Makana
He says vote YES on the GMO moratorium on the Maui County
Ballot Nov. 4th. Register to vote
Absentee or show up. Everyone is needed.
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eyesonwhidbe y
I saw him live in 2011 and was so blown away. Amazing artist.
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Its beautiful, like the changing of the seasons.
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elizabethann 4 2
Very beautiful and peaceful.. !! :)
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A very talented man, with a vision... Saw him perform live in Waikiki last year and it was AWESOME!!! I loved it when he played The Poi Song... I hope to see him play again soon... MAHALO Makana for a memorable evening!
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A RARE breed indeed!!! Saw him LIVE at a Ansel Adams exhibit on Oahu and he was SOOO awesome!!!! My buddy and I NEVER saw the photos. WOW!!! Hard to miss Mr. Adams but the music was INCREDIBLE!! ! Have gotten to meet him since and he is INDEED the GENUINE article. SPECTACULAR! ! ! Listen and if possible, see him LIVE!!! You'll NEVER forget it!!! Makana, thanks for the Cayucos show!!!
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colstar
Makana is awesome..don ' t miss a chance to see him perform. Lucky to see him in Kauai this past year...hope he will be there next March when we visit again!
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loved hearing this today, makes me miss my daughter even more,,she lives in Oahu, and I need to go back and visit again ( I was jus there in March ) hope to move perminently someday soon :)))
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giacasto
saw him first in san diego with barry flanagan of Hapa then at a convention in Honolulu... made him mail me a cd.. he sent two.. this guy will be around a long time!
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jean_ogawa
Friend recommended Makana. Nice, very nice and relaxing.
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This guy f**kin rocks, check it out!

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