Makana is a composer, singer, slack key guitar master and pioneer of the SLACK ROCK guitar style.The National Geographic Society recorded Makana in concert for their "Geo Sessions" series and stated, "With five albums to his credit, he has taken this centuries-old tradition and blasted it into the 21st century." Makana was born and raised on the island of O'ahu. He began singing at the age of seven and at nine, took up the 'ukulele. At 11 he began his journey into slack key guitar, learning with Bobby Moderow, protege of master Raymond Kane, and then received a grant from the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts to study under Hawaiian slack key legend Sonny Chillingworth. By the age of 14, he had already turned professional, gigging 4 nights a week by 15 in various establishments throughout Honolulu.