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Kenneth Makuakane

Kenneth Makuakāne is recognized as the producer of producers of Hawaiian music.  He has recorded many groups, including Nā Leo Pilimehana, HAPA, Amy Hānaiali’i Gilliom, Obrian Eselu, Raiatea Helm and the Pandanus Club. To date, Kenneth has produced over one hundred thirty albums, many of which have been successful albums for their record companies.  As a multi-instrumentalist, he has been on hundreds of recording projects.  He has produced many hallmark albums for the prestigious educational institution Kamehameha Schools; the historical Baibala Hemolele project which created an audio library of the first written document in Hawaiian language back in 1820; and the groundbreaking Disney music project where he was chosen to produce the hit Disney classics such as “When You Wish Upon A Star”, “Theme from Pochahontas” and others with a Hawaiian music bed, translated and sung in the Hawaiian language.

A prolific songwriter of over fifteen hundred songs, Kenneth's compositions have been recorded by local artists like the Brothers Cazimero, Nā Leo Pilimehana, Kapena, the Pandanus Club, Amy Hānaiali‘i Gilliom, Loyal Garner and Gary Haleamau, as well as international artists from Japan like Yuri Chika and Yuki Miyamae.  His songs have even been performed many times over at the annual Merrie Monarch Hula Festival, Hawai‘i's Olympics of Hula, including the 2014 festival.  His music has been on major films like "Honeymoon In Las Vegas", “Ka‘iulani” and "Parent Trap In Paradise."

Ken Makuakane has received more than one hundred and fifty nominations and a total of fifteen Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, the Hawaii equivalent of the Grammy Awards, including Producer of the Year, Song of the Year, Group of the Year, Religious Album of the Year, and Hawaiian Album of the Year.  Makuakane is the recent recipient of the prestigious Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Arts 2015 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Awards. He also won six Big Island Music Awards.  He has been recognized in the National Registry of Who’s Who.


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