(HawaiiNewsNow) - Accomplished composer and musician Kenneth Makuakâne is working to leave a legacy. Amy Kalili joined Kenneth at Pakeleʻs Lounge for the release of his new CD, interestingly titled "The Dash."
"When my father passed away in 2006 I visited his grave site and I looked, and it had the date of his birth and the date of his death. I looked in between and I went, ‘That dash,'" said Makuakane.
Aia au ma kona hç e nânâ ana i nâ lâ hânau a hala a kia kikoʻî ana ma kçlâ kaha maha.
Kenneth realized that this tiny dash could be representative of a person's life.
Ma kekahi ʻano, ʻo kçia kaha maha, he hôʻailona ia o ke ola o kekahi kanaka, kâna i hana ai ma i ka hânau a hala.
"I want my life to be of worth. I don't want it just to have my name and the day I was born and the day I died. I want that dash in the middle to mean something," said Makuakane.
Makemake e loaʻa ka hua o koʻu ola. ʻAʻole ʻo ka inoa, lâ hânau, a lâ hala wale nô ka mea hoʻomaopopo ʻia.
The Dash is Kenneth's third solo album. His first titled "Makuakâne" was dedicated to his father, and his second "The White Bath Tub" paid homage to a family heirloom. His music career has always been about sharing his story.
ʻO The Dash ke kolu o kâ Kenneth mau pâleo leokû pâkahi. He hoʻohanohano ka mua ʻo Makuakâne i kona makuakâne a ʻo ka lua, i kapa ʻia ʻo The White Bathtub, ua pili i ka waiwai hoʻoilina ʻohana. Pili kâna mau hana ʻoihana puolo i ka haʻi ʻana i kâna mau moʻolelo.
"I started as a songwriter, and I think I've morphed into this storyteller guy. That's what happens when you get old," said Makuakane.
Ua hoʻomaka ma ke ʻano he haʻi moʻolelo a lilo i haku mele ma ke oʻo ʻana aʻe.
Kenneth shares manaʻo behind some of the mele like Kuʻu Pua Melia, which he wrote for his son and his son's girlfriend.
Walaʻau ana ʻo Kenneth no nâ mele o ka CD e laʻa me Kuʻu Pua Melia i haku ʻia no kâ Kenneth keiki me kâna ipo.
"It's about love and their love, which is young, but is beginning to mature," said Makuakane. "I wanted to bless them with a mele, and so this is my way of giving them something that will last forever that they could pass on."
He pili i ka pilina aloha, ka mohala ʻana aʻe o ko lâua aloha. He makana ke mele no lâua e mau loa ana kona waiwai.
Kenneth continues to pass on his stories through his music.
E mau aku ana nô ko Kenneth haʻi moʻolelo ʻana ma o kâna mau mele.
"I am a songwriter because what I do is I craft songs. I look at an experience and I craft an experience. But a storyteller is somebody who can make his experience become the audience's experience," said Makuakane.
ʻEleu aku i ke kiʻi i kâu kope o The Dash. ʻO wau no kçia o Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma KGMB
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