Guitar & ‘Ukulele Masters


Cover Photo: Kim Huynh

Photo: Lexi Mackenzie


“A dynamic force within the style [of slack key]…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.” — Honolulu Advertiser

“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)

Hailing from the isle of O‘ahu, Makana is an internationally acclaimed slack-key guitarist, singer, composer, philosopher, activist, and one of Hawaii’s cultural ambassadors to the world. He is recognized as one of the top guitarists in the United States by Guitar Player magazine, and has been honored in Hawai‘i with the prestigious Kī-Hō‘alu (Slack Key) Foundation Legacy Award. In 2018, he was invited to showcase at SXSW.

Virtuosic and versatile, Makana’s music defies description. Makana uses over a hundred tunings to fashion a massive, resonant, symphonic sound without use of loop pedals or gimmicks. His live performances are an exhilarating ride through the breadth of slack key, folk, rock, bluegrass, ethnic and jazz and his distinctly original songs are infused with the spirit of Hawai‘I along with his own brand of “slack-rock”. He has supported acts ranging from Santana and Sting to Jason Mraz, Joe Walsh of The Eagles, Bad Company, Leon Russell, Chris Isaak, Elvis Costello, Gotye, Jack Johnson and many others. His music has been featured on 3 Grammy nominated records including the soundtrack for Academy Award-winning film The Descendants.

Makana’s music and performance style transcend category and trend. His ability to convey his roots from Hawai‘i in the context of a modern sound shatters stereotypes and engages audiences in a way that is fun and transformative.

Tour Schedule

Thurs, Feb 21, 2019, Yoshi’s Oakland, Oakland CA
8:00 PM

Sun, Feb 24, 2019, Blue Note Napa, Napa CA
2 Shows: 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM

Sat, Mar 2, 2019, The Guitar Sanctuary, McKinney TX
9:00 PM

Mon, Mar 4 and Tues, Mar 5, 2019, Goodwood Museum and Gardens, Tallahassee FL
2 Shows, 2 Nights: 7:30 PM both nights

Past Tour Dates


Tues, Mar 13, 2018, Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, Austin TX
Fri, Mar 16, 2018, Gilfillan House, Austin TX
Sat, Mar 17, 2018, CU 29, Austin TX
Tues, Apr 24, 2018, Blue Note Hawai’i, Honolulu HI


With John Cruz

Tues, Sept 5, 2017, Joe’s Pub, New York City NY
Fri, Sept 8, 2017, Ludlow Garage, Cincinnati OH
Mon, Sept 11, 2017, Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, Minneapolis MN


Thurs, Sept 14 & Sat, Sept 16, 2017, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts/University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
Fri, Sept 29, 2017, Neptue Theatre, Seattle WA
Tues, Oct 3, 2017, Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland OR
Fri, October 6 and Sat, October 7, 2017, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas, NV
Sun, October 8, 2017, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley, CA
Mon, Oct 9, 2017, Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach CA
Wed, October 11, 2017, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA
Thurs, October 12, 2017, Blue Note Napa, Napa, CA
Tues, Dec 12, 2017, SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, Santa Barbara CA


Makana Promo

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