This Monday, Kamehameha alumni Kenneth Makuakane will be presenting his lyrics and music at EKK. He has received a total of 11 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, the Hawai‘i equivalent of the Grammy awards. In 1990, Makuakane won a Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Producer of the Year. In 1996, 1997 and 2000, he again garnered the Producer’s Award, earning him the “Babyface of Hawai‘i” label. Makuakane won Song of the Year honors in 2000 for his hit composition, “I Miss You, My Hawai‘i.”
A prolific songwriter, Makuakane’s compositions have been recorded by local artists like the Brothers Cazimero, Na Leo, Kapena, the Pandanus Club, Amy Hanaiali‘i Gilliom, Loyal Garner and Gary Halea-mau, as well as international artists from Japan like Yuri Chika and Yuki Miyamae.