Makana & Shawn and Lehua (from Na Leo Pilimehana)

Makana & Shawn and Lehua (from Na Leo Pilimehana)

Sun Mar 10

Makana & Shawn and Lehua (from Na Leo Pilimehana)

Doors: 7:00 pm
Start: 8:00 pm
Age: Ages 21+ Only

Makana has his own dynamic, high-octane style, coined “Slack Rock” that fuses elements of bluegrass, rock, & blues, with traditional Hawaiian music.

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Genre: hawaiian

Ticket Price: $24 advanced / $26 day of show / $42 reserved loft seating



In 2018, Makana spent much of the year using his talents to kokua (help) the people of Hawai’i, from a benefit with Jack Johnson for the flood victims of Kaua’i to concerts to support cancer-stricken legendary Hawaiian musician Uncle Willie K and organizations like the Kaua’i Lifeguards Association and Kua o Ka Lā Hawaiian Charter School (which was covered by the lava flow in Puna). He staged multiple sold-out tribute concerts honoring past Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar greats throughout the islands, and donated his time to perform at the Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundations Gala. In the fall, Makana debuted as an actor in the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical South Pacific, playing the role of Lt. Joe Cable to rave reviews. 2018 tour highlights include representing Hawai’i at SXSW, a concert in an underground “cavern” in Tennessee, performances in the UK and his first tour to Russia, where he served as a cultural ambassador for Hawai’i, and performed in venues ranging from world-renowned jazz clubs to schools and universities to forums with many of the mayors and governors of Russia in attendance. While there, Makana filmed the music video “Mourning Armageddon” (out Jan 13) in a recently decommissioned nuclear bunker in Moscow as part of his volunteer work to raise awareness about the present, unchecked nuclear arms race between the US & the Russian Federation. And although Makana didn’t release any new albums in 2018, he recorded over 50 songs for Facebook as part of their Sound Collection offering, a royalty-free music library available to all Facebook & Instagram users for (on-site) video syncing. Find some of Makana’s most exciting new works there! He also signed a music branding deal with the Beachcomber by Outrigger to provide a collection of songs in a new genre- what Makana has termed “Hawaiian Down Tempo”- to be played as the ambient soundtrack for the Beachcomber property beginning in Spring 2019. Also this Spring, Makana will tour the US mainland, sharing his riveting, emotional sound rooted in the indigenous art of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar. This will be Makana’s last solo tour for a few years as he takes time to develop and record a whole new body of music to be released in 2020. –

Shawn and Lehua

Shawn Pimental and Lehua Kalima – Hawaiian musicians, singers, songwriters, producers, entertainers – have joined forces. Their music features Hawaiian and folk-inflected original songs pairing Lehua’s soaring vocals and with Shawn’s harmonies and superb guitar mastery, sharing their prodigious talents as lyricists and composers. Their easy-going style, witty banter, eclectic musical tastes, and dedication to the purity of the music and their Native Hawaiian culture sets this duo apart from the rest.

Shawn Kekoa Pimental is a 5-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner and Grammy-nominated music producer, artist, and performer. He has toured the world as a Musical Director and Band Member for many artists, sharing the stage with Janet Jackson, Colbie Caillat, Maxi Priest, Steel Pulse, America, Jack Johnson, Keali‘i Reichel, and more. He has a long-standing performing and musical partnership with Kaumakaiwa Kanaka‘ole, has produced records for numerous Hawaiian and reggae musicians, and has composed and produced music for Mike Post, Disney and other Award-Winning shows.

Lehua Kalima, one third of the group Na Leo Pilimehana since 1984, has been performing for over 30 years. With her roots in Hawaiian music and her passion for folk and pop, Kalima has penned and recorded over 35 songs both with Na Leo Pilimehana and as a solo artist. A recipient of over 20 Na Hoku Hanohano awards with Na Leo, she also won an unprecedented 3 individual awards as a songwriter for Songs of the Year and a Na Hoku Award for her first solo album Rising in Love. In 2015, Lehua was honored to receive a Native Arts & Cultures Foundation Fellowship Award.

Together, they create songs that celebrate the beauty of their island home, with Lehua’s fluency in Hawaiian language informing their lyrics and its deeper meanings. Their repertoire of original compositions are written by Lehua, Shawn, and other Native Hawaiian composers, and together they create the musical arrangements, which exhibit their signature lush harmonies and rich vocals. Notes a fan of Lehua: “Her ability to convey her feelings through musical poetry is amazing…a heart of gold and the vocal versatility to succeed in any market…”