Hawaii entertainer Makana released a music video inspired by the Occupy movement on the internet Saturday morning.
Later that night, he slipped the protest song into the lineup while playing dinner music at the APEC event. By Makana's account, he didn?t break protocol, he just bent it.
"If I had blatantly interrupted, no one would have heard at all what I had to say, but being able to co-opt the airwaves for that long and lomi massage them, was an awesome experience," Makana said.
Makana, who seemed to be operating on little sleep and lots of adrenalin, said he wore this t-shirt with a slogan occupy with aloha-- under his dress shirt and jacket.
"I unbuttoned the shirt and pulled it Clark-Kent style. And I was really, really terrified at first," said Makana.
But, no one said anything. ?It was the total emperor?s new clothes,? said Makana. ?No one wanted to be the one to say, ?hey he is naked! Hey, what is he singing??
A line in the song talks about ?The bidding of the many, not the few,? and Makana said he just repeated it for at least 45 minutes.
"I sang it dozens of times. I sang it over, and over and I turned it into a march . It got a little wow! People gave me some funny looks,"Makana said.
He also secretly taped the performance and posted it on You Tube. And he arranged for a live interview on CNN this morning about what it was like to sing his song before people in power.
"All I could think about is all the secret service, and the mass weaponry, and world leaders, and this high mucka-mucka thing, and I was this little guy in the corner and "We will occupy the streets.." You know, it is what happened,"
Makana said he first performed at the White House in 2009, and was told First Lady Michelle Obama requested guitar music, so he was asked to provide dinner music at the APEC event.
His song may remind some of ?The times, they are a changing.? a protest song of the 60?s. Makana says the song pays homage to folks singers like Bob Dylan, Peter Seager. The east Honolulu resident is not sure if he his stunt will make him a folk hero among the Occupied Movement, or in trouble with the White House.
State department officials have not yet responded to questions about what happened.