makanamakawao3rdfridayMakana’s 100% fan funded album RIPE is here and you are invited to celebrate with Makana and very special guests Willie K and Lily Meola. Don’t miss this night of Maui music magic! Ocean Vodka is proud to be involved with this CD release event, at Gannon’s in Wailea.

Advance purchase highly recommended as this event will sell out!  For more info, visit Gannon’s website.

Gannon’s After Dark Presents
Makana’s Maui CD Release Party with Special Guests Willie K and Lily Meola
Featuring “Ripe” Ocean Vodka cocktails
Doors open for dinner at 5:30pm
Show time 8:30pm-10:30pm
$25 in advance
$30 at the door
To purchase tickets or make pre-show dinner reservations call (808) 875-8080
21 and over. Valid id required.
Special thanks to Honua Kai Resort and Spa

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About Makana

Described as “dazzling” by the New York Times, Makana is an internationally acclaimed slack key guitarist, singer, and composer native to Hawai’i. His guitar playing has been featured on three Grammy-nominated albums, including the soundtrack of the Academy-Award winning film “The Descendants”. Makana’s captivating and wide-ranging performance style has led him to share the stage with Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson, open for music legends Sting, Carlos Santana, Elvis Costello, and perform at The White House. His sound, while rooted in the tradition of Hawaiian slack key guitar, encompasses multiple genres to include folk, pop, world and his own unique style coined “slack rock”.

About Willie K

Raised on Maui, Willie Kahaiali`i (a.k.a., Willie K.) has been playing music and entertaining audiences since the age of 10. His father Manu Kahaiali`i, one of Hawaii’s most respected musicians, recruited Willie and his brothers to perform in his band. From the very beginning, Willie was influenced by and exposed to a myriad of musical genres; from the Hawaiian, jazz, and early R&B he heard at his father’s side, to the sounds emanating from the radio and TV from musical giants such as B.B. King, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, and Willie Nelson. It is no wonder that Willie has evolved into such an eclectic and charismatic singer/songwriter/entertainer. By his high school graduation, Willie was playing in as many as eight bands — from country and western, salsa, rhythm and blues, rock, and of course Hawaiian. A few years later he moved to San Francisco determined to make it in the music scene there.
After several years in California, Willie gained some notoriety opening for groups such as Cecilio and Kapono, but after one too many earthquakes, decided to return home. Back on Maui, with renewed determination, Willie focused on recording an album of his own.

About Lily Meola

Maui girl Lily Meola is barely 19, but her voice was born decades earlier. She started channeling Ella Fitzgerald from the backseat of the family car, with perfect pitch. Her sweet, wise voice rose from the dyslexia she had faced in school, replacing its frustration with the optimism of the Great American Songbook. Willie Nelson recorded Will You Remember Mine with her and is on his latest album “To All The Girls”. Her fans include Michael Buble and producer-guitarist Bob Rock, who is guiding her latest project with Verve Records.