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Be part of slack key guitar master, singer and composer Makana's first album collaboration with a world class producer.

The cost to produce this record is $50,000. We set our goal at half that to ensure success, and now that we've reached halfway, we're guaranteed to receive your pledges. We still have a ways to go to reach $50,000 to cover full production costs. With your kokua (help), we can do it! Mahalo for your support. Aloha, Makana

Already a fan and want to pledge now? Check out the REWARDS list to the right and click on one that appeals to you. Rewards include: 

  • LIVE Skype private concerts and guitar/ 'ukulele lessons!
  • Out-of-print and hard-to-find recordings!
  • Have Makana do a YouTube cover of your favorite song!
  • Thinking of proposing? Have Makana serenade during that timeless moment!
  • Makana will compose a song JUST FOR YOU, someone you love, or a cause you believe in!
  • A Makana concert for you and your friends in your home anywhere in the US!
  • And more...

*Your pledge will not be charged to your credit card until the end date of this Kickstarter Campaign (March 10), and ONLY if we reach our goal. Let's do this!

Note: All Rewards include shipping costs within US:

INTERNATIONAL FANS: We CAN ship anywhere~ please email us your info with shipping address and we'll inform you of the shipping cost. Thanks!

Aloha Friends!

After self-producing my 6 albums to date I am exhilarated to share this wonderful news: for the first time in my music career I have the opportunity to collaborate with a Multi-Platinum music producer, Ron Nevison (The Who, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones) and Grammy award winning keyboardist, composer, arranger Jeff Bova (Celine Dion, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton) as well as with some of the most sought-after musicians in the recording industry.

WHY THIS IS A BIG DEAL

In the past, I walked away from a number of major label and corporate management deals in order to maintain the integrity of my art. It’s been a challenging road to grow a music career without any substantial funding. I've actually managed every detail of my entire career up until very recently! Thankfully through a new management partner, I've been introduced to some great record producers and musicians, who are now involved with the making of my dream record- a collection of my new body of original songs in a beautiful fusion of the myriad of styles I've come to be known for: Hawaiian slack key, folk, rock, and world music influences.

MY VISION FOR THIS RECORD

The music will integrate the beauty of slack key into my own contemporary style. It will be a powerful and inspiring work relevant to each of us and our time. This innovative album will showcase the very best of my playing, writing, singing and songcraft. With everything on track, we will be able to release the record by Summer 2013!

THE COST OF THIS PROJECT

Because we are keen to avoid corporate fiddling in the artistic process, I am appealing to our community for the money to pay for the costs of making this record, which include:

  • Producer’s fees
  • Recording studio costs (In the past I've worked mostly in local or home studios, but this material and vision require a world class facility and engineer for the highest outcomes)
  • Studio musicians
  • Equipment rental
  • Graphics and art design
  • Travel (lodging, transportation, etc)

The minimum budget to produce the record, including all of the above items, is about $50,000. I'm setting the goal at $25,000 because Kickstarter's policy is that the minimum goal MUST be reached in order for any of the funds to be obtained. I'm also working a ton (gigging and licensing songs) to save enough to make this happen! So if (I mean when) we reach our goal, any money generated above the production costs will be applied to the marketing and promotion of the record.

YOUR INVOLVEMENT = MIND BLOWING REWARDS!!!

The sharing of my art has always been guided by the simple idea that “giving never leaves one with less”. If my music has in some way inspired you, opened your heart or mind, helped you heal yourself, or represented an important idea or part of your life, please consider contributing to the creation of this dream artistic endeavor. In these times, our community needs inspired art, and with your kokua (help) we can bring this to the world!

Checkout the rewards to the right of this page for different levels of contributing partnership (there are some very creative and fun rewards for your pledges!), and please share the link to this Kickstarter page with your friends and networks.

Thank you for sharing your love, time and support.

Mahalo nui!

Makana

Video Producers: Kamuela Vance/ Makana

Photo of Makana playing guitar: Lexi Mackenzie

Headshot Photo of Makana: Lilikoi

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The challenge of this project is attempting to achieve what a major label artist can achieve in terms of production quality and support, but with community backing instead of corporate backing. The risk is not pulling
together enough community backing and support... but I'm willing to take that risk :) I've worked my entire career to function as an independent artist, and it's gonna stay that way!

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    The Complete Digital Collection of Makana's Music (6 full albums) including his JAPAN-ONLY release "Under the Surface" + an advanced digital download of the new album. Total 7 full albums!

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    A highly coveted list of Makana's guitar tunings, including old Hawaiian slack key tunings and original ones never published and only known by him and his guitar tech + advanced digital download of the new album

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    A Set of Makana's Guitar Strings that were played on the new album + handwritten lyrics for each song on the new album + the new CD (personalized) + Makana T-Shirt + advanced digital download of the new album. And, a personal thank you phone call from Makana!

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    Makana performs an Acoustic Cover of a song of your choice, thanks you personally in the video, and posts it to his YouTube channel + advanced digital download of the new album

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    Record with Makana! He will play guitar or 'ukulele on a song on your album. Add $500 and he'll sing too. (Makana's parts recorded and transferred digitally) + advanced digital download of the new album

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    A brand new 'ukulele autographed by Makana + Two 45-minute 'ukulele lessons over video-chat (Skype, Facetime, iChat etc) + the new CD (personalized) + Makana T-shirt. Learn slack key 'ukulele!

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    Thinking of proposing in Hawai'i? Makana will come and play a song that will seal the deal + a 20-min serenade following (or he'll take you out for drinks if you get turned down ;). Anywhere on O'ahu; add $1000 for neighbor islands + advanced digital download of the new album. Also possible in Los Angeles area, email for details!

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    Makana composes and records an entirely new and original song JUST FOR YOU, a loved one of yours, or a cause you believe in. Makana would interview you to discuss your vision/inspiration prior to writing the song. Makes a great donation to a non-profit of your choice! + advanced digital download of the new album.

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    MAKANA'S GUITAR! One of his beloved, well-played Guitars (one that he's played for over 10 years: the classic Takamine EN-10C he is well known for!) autographed and shipped to you! + the new CD (personalized) + a personal thank you phone call from Makana! In Hawaiian culture, a person's energy ("mana") is infused into their treasured belongings.

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    HOUSE CONCERT: Makana will come to your house (anywhere in the USA*) and perform a private concert for you and your guests (includes travel) + The Complete Digital Collection of Makana's Music (6 album downloads) + the new CD (autographed) + advanced digital download of the new album. *If your house is outside of the USA, please email us to discuss possibilities, mahalo!

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT! Your name PROMINENTLY displayed as EXECUTIVE PRODUCER on all CD pressings and downloadable art packaging of the new album + 30 copies of the new CD (autographed) + Makana T-shirt + advanced digital download of the new album + a personal thank you phone call from Makana!

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    The actual original “OCCUPY WITH ALOHA” t-shirt that Makana wore as he sang his protest song “We Are The Many” at the APEC World Leaders Dinner in front of the Obamas and 20 other nation heads + a one-of-a-kind original photograph of Makana wearing the Occupy with Aloha shirt framed in Hawaiian Koa wood and personalized to you + The Complete Digital Collection of Makana's Music (6 albums) + Makana T-Shirt + advanced digital download of the new album + a personal phone call from Makana (ask him what really happened at APEC!)

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT + HOUSE CONCERT: Your Name PROMINENTLY displayed as EXECUTIVE PRODUCER on all CD pressings and downloadable art packaging of the new album + Makana will come to your house (anywhere in the USA*) and perform a private concert for you and your guests + 30 copies of the new CD (autographed) + The Complete Digital Collection of Makana's Music (6 albums) + Makana T-shirt + advanced digital download of the new album. *If your house is outside of the USA, please email us to discuss possibilities, mahalo!

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