Maui Arts & Entertainment

Makana Performing with University Symphony Orchestra

April 1, 2014, 1:46 PM HST
* Updated April 2, 12:22 PM
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By Maui Now Staff

Makana performs with the Hawaii Pacific University in 2013. Courtesy image

Makana performs with the Hawaii Pacific University Symphon in 2013. Courtesy image.

Slack key guitar master Makana is joining forces with the Hawaii Pacific University Symphony Orchestra for an evening of music at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater this Saturday, April 5.

Promoters note that Makana is the 2012 winner of the Na Hoku Ki Ho’alu (Slack Key) Legacy Award by the Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts.

A protégé of slack key guitar legends Bobby Moderow Jr. and the late master Uncle Sonny Chillingworth, Makana has dedicated his life to “perpetuating as well as evolving the traditional Hawaiian art form of ki ho alu (slack key guitar).”

This pairing of Makana’s mastery of the indigenous art of ki ho alu and a full classical orchestra comes as a result of a successful performance last year on Oahu at the Hawai’i Theatre.


“We are very excited about bringing the entire 50-piece orchestra to Maui and sharing what we think is a magical collaboration! The energy from the students is absolutely palpable and Makana’s influence has played a significant role in their experience as growing musicians,” states Dr. Teresa McCreary, director of performing arts at Hawaii Pacific University.


The show includes symphonic renditions of several of Makana’s most popular songs including We Are The Many, Tears, Dance of the Red Poppies, Koi, and Bali Kamaha’o.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets for you Regular Joes are $20 to $30.

However, students are highly encouraged to attend and admission is $10 for those with proper ID.


Similarly, a discounted rate of $15 per ticket is available for seniors and military personnel.

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