Maui Arts & Entertainment

Makana Returns to The Shops at Wailea on July 18

July 9, 2018, 5:30 AM HST
* Updated July 2, 9:52 AM
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Internationally acclaimed musician, Makana, returns to The Shops at Wailea  for Concert at The Shops on July 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the Fountain Courtyard. Concerts at The Shops is a free, monthly concert series that is open to the public and features headlining musicians from all the Hawaiian Islands. This free music event occurs on the third and fifth Wednesday of every month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with performances at the main Fountain Courtyard.

Hawai‘i born and raised, Makana has been described by the New York Times as “dazzling,” while Esquire Magazine called him “one of the greatest living Hawaiian slack key players.” Makana – whose name means “a gift given freely” began singing when he was seven years old. He took up ukulele at nine and began learning the ancient art of slack key at eleven. By fourteen, he was performing professionally and he quickly became known as the youngest virtuoso of slack key throughout the islands.

To date, Makana’s illustrious career includes the release of eight records. He has shared the stage with famous performers such as Jack Johnson, and has opened for music legends such as Sting, Carlos Santana, and Elvis Costello. Makana’s guitar playing has been featured on three Grammy nominated albums, including the soundtrack of the Academy Award winning film “The Descendants”, and his TV credits include appearances on CNN, BBC and ABC. Makana’s unique blend of slack key music infused with elements of bluegrass, rock, blues and reggae will once again be exhibited during this live performance.

In a continued effort to give back to the community, The Shops at Wailea supports a different Maui non-profit each month with 60% of the special event parking fees going back to the non-profit. July’s non-profit recipient is Habitat for Humanity. The Shops’ goal is to enrich the community through exploration and discovery in the arts and music while supporting local businesses and non-profit partners. The four-hour special event parking voucher is available for $5 and can be purchased at the non-profit’s parking table.

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