Hapa returns to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s (MACC) Castle Theater stage on Saturday, April 17.
The modern Hawaiian music of Hapa founder Barry Flanagan is a cultural melting pot mix of influences ranging from ancient Hawaiian chants to the ballads of Portuguese fisherman and Spanish cowboys. Adding to this stew inspired melodies and harmonies of traditional church choirs of the early missionaries and a healthy dose of American folk-rock arrangements, you get a pretty good description of Hapa’s musical flavor.
Hapa’s benchmark initial release, which was nominated for six categories by the Hawaiian Academy of Recording Arts, swept the 1994 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards.
Produced, composed and arranged by Barry, HAPA to this day remains in the top ten on the Hawaiian music charts. The record’s groundbreaking sales have established it as the No. 1 selling recording by a group or duo in the history of recorded Hawaiian music.
Although Hapa’s lead singer changed from Keli‘i Kaneali‘i to Nathan Aweau approximately five years ago, the duo’s captivating sound has remained unchanged. Flanagan and Aweau are accompanied on stage by Hawaiian chanter and cultural specialist Charles Ka‘upu.
One of the best examples of the power of these three artists is Hapa’s rendition of the U2 classic, Pride (In The Name of Love). It will give you chicken skin.
In concert, Hapa will perform selections from their latest record, It’s A Slack Key World, which is not yet released to stores.
Enjoy pre-show dining by Aloha Events Catering from 5 p.m.
Tickets are $12, $28 and $37 for adults; $14 and $18.50 for keiki aged 12 years and younger.
Call the MACC Box Office at (808) 242-SHOW or visit MauiArts.org