Makana explodes into new musical realms with his latest release, produced by multi-platinum producer Ron Nevison (The Who, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones) and renowned producer Mitchell Froom (Crowded House, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt), with breathtaking arrangements by Grammy-award winning keyboardist and composer Jeff Bova (Celine Dion, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton) and production and engineering by Hawai’i’s award-winning producer/ engineer Pierre Grill.

Ripe is the most diverse Makana album to date~ brimming with acoustic surf music, slack key, symphonic epics, folk, rock, pop, Mediterranean, Appalachian and traditional Hawaiian sounds. It celebrates his collective musical journey and reflects his exciting live performances, showcasing a new side of Makana as a powerful composer. Songs include Manic, “the happy song for sadness”, Nectarine, a sexy love ballad that always goes over big at his live shows, his long-loved cover of Zeppelin’s Going to California, a tribute to slack key master Gabby Pahinui in Hi’ilawe, a groundbreaking guitar duet with renowned Maui guitar master Jeff Peterson, the heart-wrenchingly beautiful ballad Tears and Makana’s anthemic protest song We Are The Many, among others.

Featuring all-original vintage album artwork by Marlowe Holt, a fold-out poster (just like in the olden days 🙂 and full liner notes including Makana’s inspiring Mind Mint prose. If you like Makana, you’ll LOVE Ripe.

P.S. it’s like Willy Wonka’s three-course gum, like the best mixtape from high school, like a shot of Vitamin B in the bumm, like.. oh just get it!

Album Reviews

"With his latest album, “Ripe,” this virtuoso artist has delivered a superb work, which eloquently encompasses the breadth of his diverse range.”
-Jon Woodhouse, The Maui News

"Makana beautifully represents the rich diversity of music. I was really struck by his amazing voice, melody and lyrics. I think the song 'Tears' is an important record."
-Jerry Moss, legendary record executive and co-founder of A&M Records

"Ripe consists of powerful and inspiring work relevant to each of us and our time. It showcases the very best of Makana's guitar playing, writing, singing and song craft.”
-Anne Sewell, Digital Journal

-Roy Thomas Baker, legendary producer of Queen, upon hearing Makana's new songs

"Ripe is the latest delicious offering from Makana, one of Hawaii's most talented and versatile entertainers. Ripe has something for everyone."
-Chuck Cotton,Vice President/GM, Clear Channel Hawai'i