Makana’s Tribute to Sonny Chillingworth


Makana, Photo by Peter Liu

MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty and Top Producer, Rebecca Keliihoomalu, are proud to sponsor a “Tribute to Sonny Chillingworth with Makana” at 7:00 pm on January 30th and 31st  at the Kahilu Theatre in Waimea.

Sonny Chillingworth grew up in paniolo country.  It was there he learned how to play the slack-key guitar from his grandfather.  At a young age he moved to Honolulu and started playing with the famed guitarist Gabby Pahinui and singer Vickie Ii Rodrigue.  Throughout his life he appeared on many albums both as a solo artist and a guest artist, but he is probably most known for Waimea Cowboy which went gold in 1964.

Sonny helped shape the style of Hawaiian music by bringing traditional slack-key guitar to the next generation.  His influence can be heard in the brilliant music of Makana, who studied under Sonny after receiving a grant from the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

Sonny Chillingworth

Sonny Chillingworth, Photo by David Cornwell

Makana has been described as “dazzling” by the New York Times.  His music has appeared on three Grammy-nominated albums, including the soundtrack of the Academy-Award winning film, The Descendants.  As an internationally acclaimed guitarist, singer, and composer, he has played captivating shows for everyone from presidents to small crowds in venues throughout Hawaii.

For many years Makana dreamed of performing a Sonny Chillingworth tribute concert on the Big Island.  Finally, this January that dream will come true.  Along with Makana there will also be special guest performances by Leabert Lindsay, Nina Kealiiwahamana, George Kuo, and Danny Carvalho.  You can purchase tickets by visiting

If you would like more information about Big Island community events or details about one of our luxury listings, please get in touch with us at MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty.

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Dodie MacArthur began her real estate career in Honolulu in 1972. She quickly rose from top sales agent and project manager of major Honolulu developments to representing prominent estate and development properties on Oahu and the Big Island. With her honed real estate skills and experience, Dodie founded MacArthur and Company in 1989 with the objective of creating a unique boutique firm, where the clients needs came first. In the first year of operation, the company gained immediate recognition as a leading Big Island firm and continues to thrive as a market leader today. With her abundant energy, creative marketing and dynamic leadership skills, Dodie is responsible for business development and overall company management at MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty. She works closely with clients and agents in the marketing and sales of their properties. Her many years cultivating client and broker relationships ensures the firms clients unrivaled exposure. Along with her management staff and team of successful sales agents and brokers, Dodie is able to provide local, national and international clients with unparalleled customized service, fulfilling her promise that the client’s needs come first.

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