Born and raised in Hawai'i, Makana is an internationally acclaimed Slack Key guitarist, singer, composer, philosopher, activist and one of Hawai'i's cultural ambassadors to the world. He is considered the youngest authority on his art form and recognized as one of the top guitarists in the US (Guitar Player Magazine 2008). The NY Times calls him "A dynamic force within the style" of slack key and National Geographic Society says Makana is "Charting a new sonic frontier with deep ties to tradition". His songs range from traditional to highly original, both instrumental and lyrical, exploring a broad spectrum of themes: cultural, philosophical, social-political, economic, inter-personal, sensual, and universal, often through the lens of humor and a piercing wit. He has performed in venues worldwide ranging from Tianjin Opera House in China to The White House, performed with Gotye, Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson, opened for Sting, Santana and Elvis Costello, and released 7 records to date. He penned what Rolling Stone called the "Occupy Anthem", helped start the movement to redefine agriculture in Hawai'i, and recently released a music video (#FireIsOurs) in support of Bernie Sanders.