credit: Kim Huynh

Makana - Napo'o Ka La

The NY Times calls him “dazzling…a dynamic force within the style” of slack key guitar. "He's lean, young, expressive, with impressive stage presence and jewel box precision…He is a master, for certain, blessed with sizzling showmanship." (Honolulu Advertiser). Recognized as one of the top guitarists in the U.S. by Guitar Player magazine, he has toured with Joe Walsh (Bad Company Tour), Gotye, and Jason Mraz. His songs range from traditional to highly original, with searing instrumentals and passionate vocals, exploring a broad spectrum of themes: cultural, sociopolitical, envronmental, interpersonal, sensual, and universal, often through the lens of humor and a piercing wit. Virtuosic and versatile, Makana’s performances take you on an exhilarating ride from Hawaiian slack key guitar to his own dynamic, high-octane style coined “Slack Rock,” infused with elements of bluegrass, rock, and blues. His original music is featured on Grammy-nominated soundtrack of the award-winning film The Descendants.

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Genre: World
Subgenre: Singer-Songwriter
From: Honolulu, HI