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Makana and Paula Fuga

 
 

BIO

Makana is an award-winning slack-key guitar player, singer, and composer. Born and raised in Hawaii, his guitar playing has been featured on three Grammy-nominated albums, including the soundtrack of the Academy-Award winning film “The Descendants”, starring George Clooney. In 2008, he was second runner up in Guitar Player Magazine’s Guitar Superstar competition eliciting praise from judges Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and Elliot Easton. In 2012, he was awarded one of Hawaii’s top musical honors: a Na Hoku Ki Ho’alu (Slack Key) Legacy Award (Hawaii’s “Grammy”) by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts.

Paula Fuga is an American singer-songwriter based in Hawaii.
A humble beginning surrounded by the blues and gospel music of Louisiana, rooted and matured in the cultural richness and diversity of Hawaii, and eventually touring the East and West Coasts of America have infused Paula Fuga with a voice that is wet with soul from America’s Bible Belt, ripened by the various textures of paradise, and cultivated with sophistication through a sovereign journey.
On her independent record label, Pakipika Productions, Paula Fuga has managed to release her unique flavor of music around the world, earning an astounding and dedicated fan base, while collecting impressive critical acclaim, including a Na Hoku Hano Hano Award; Hawaii’s highest and most prestigious music honor, which lead to her collaboration with the Honolulu Symphony, opening for Three Dog Night.

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What's Up at the Belly Up this week features Makana and Paula Fuga. We start off by hearing a beautiful performance of Hi`ilawe. We talk about social media'ing in the third person, their experiences of playing the White House, causes important to their hearts, olive oil and how Paula knew she would play with Makana even back when they were 13!
 

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