Born and raised in Hawai’i, Makana is an acclaimed master of Hawaiian slack-key guitar, a singer, composer, and cultural ambassador. He has performed in venues from Tianjin Opera House in China, to the White House, and was featured on multiple Grammy®-nominated albums. His focus is to honor tradition while exploring new perceptions. Makana is also active in building community awareness about food and nutrition, land, social-engineering strategies, health and spiritual growth. He received worldwide attention for his poetic protest in 2011 at the APEC World Leaders’ Dinner hosted by the Obamas. His hobbies include sowing clarity through philosophy on his blog, Mindmints.com.
Recorded at TEDxMaui 2013, held on January 13, 2013 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.