Kahu Kenneth Makuakāne comes from a long line of kahu (pastors). His great great great grandfather was Kahu Daniel Makuakāne who served as the pastor of ʻOpihikao Congregational Church from 1865 to 1873 and at Kalapana in 1877. He was described as the “kanaka kahu hipa o ke kuahiwi” or “the Shepard of the Mountains” and was renown for his humility and piety.

Kahu Kenneth Makuakāneʻs parents are the Reverend Kahu John and Reverend Kahu Violet Makuakāne–both of whom served ʻOpihikao Congregational Church.

Before his ordination, Kahu Kenneth Makuakāne was (and is) a successful singer, song writer and producer.

According to his biography posted by Kamehameha Schools:

Kenneth is recognized as a successful innovator in producing and recording Hawaiian music. He has over one hundred albums to his producing credits, working with artists such as Na Leo, Hapa, Amy Hānaiali‘i Gilliom, Raiatea Helm, Obrian Eselu and Jeff Rasmussen.

A prolific songwriter, Kenneth’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 Haleamau, as well as international artists from Japan like Yuri Chika and Yuki Miyamae. His songs have even been performed many times over at the annual Merrie Monarch Hula Festival, Hawaii’s Olympics of Hula. He produced a track on Kenny Loggins 2000 CD release More Songs from Pooh Corner. And his music has been on the soundtrack of major films like “Honeymoon In Las Vegas” and “Parent Trap In Paradise.”

He has received a total of fourteen (14) Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, the Hawaii equivalent of the Grammy Awards. Makuakane won Song of the Year honors in 2000 for his hit composition, I Miss You, My Hawai‘i. He has been recognized in the National Registry of Who’s Who.

On June 8, 2006, Kenneth was inducted into the Kamehameha Schools Alumni Gallery Hall of Fame. The gallery recognizes outstanding men and women graduates who have been positive role models in both their professional and personal lives, have contributed to and made a significant difference in the community, society in general, The Kamehameha Schools, and has a high level of respect in the professional community by peers and colleagues.