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Tickets go on sale next week for ‘MAKANA: Songs of Maui Nui’ show at Maui Arts & Cultural Center

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Internationally acclaimed slack key guitarist, singer, composer, philosopher, activist and one of Hawaiʻi’s cultural ambassadors to the world Makana will serenade audience members with songs celebrating Maui Nui during a performance in November at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului.

Makana and special guest Miss Aloha Hula 1980 Kaʻula Kamahele will weave a musical and visual tapestry honoring Maui Nui during a live performance Nov. 11 at at Maui Arts & Cultural Center. (Courtesy of Maui Arts & Cultural Center)

“MAKANA: Songs of Maui Nui” celebrates Maui, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi and Kahoʻolawe with songs and stories — personal and historical — of each island. Maui Nui collectively refers to these four moku (islands) that long ago comprised a single island.

Performed in his signature style of kī hōʻalu (Hawaiian slack key guitar) with his broad range and traditional-style vocal vibrato, Makana and special guest Miss Aloha Hula 1980 Kaʻula Kamahele will weave a musical and visual tapestry honoring Maui Nui and those haku mele (composers) famous for their legacy works. Makana also will debut his yet unrecorded tribute to Lahaina: “Lahainalalo.”

Maui Arts & Cultural Center will also be a collecting donations for the Maui Food Bank during the Makana event for distribution to those impacted by the devastating August wildfires in West Maui and the Upcountry.


Patrons who bring a Maui Food Bank donation will be given access to an exclusive post show meet-and-greet with Makana.

Tickets go on sale for Maui Arts & Cultural Center members at 10 a.m. Oct. 16 and to the general public at 10 a.m. Oct. 17. The live performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 in the McCoy Studio Theater.

Ticket prices start at $35. Members receive a 10% discount and keiki 12 and younger are half price. Sales are only online.


Box Office hours for ticketing inquiries via email at [email protected] or phone at 808-242-SHOW are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.


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