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Blue Note Hawaii Presents HAPA

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)


For over 30 years, HAPA has brought it unique sound to delighted audiences across Hawai‘i and around the world.Like the islands themselves, HAPA's music is an amalgam of influences ranging from ancient Polynesian rhythms and genealogical chants to the strummed ballads of Portuguese fisherman and Mexican cowboys, and the inspired melodies and harmonies of the traditional church choirs of the early missionaries. Add a dose of American acoustic folk/rock, and you have what has been described as the “most exciting and beautiful contemporary Hawaiian music the world knows!” --Maui Time

The HAPA name reflects the diverse backgrounds of its musicians and the mix of cultures that converge in Hawai‘i. Award-winning, brilliant guitarist Barry Flanagan has been the guiding force of HAPA since its beginnings in 1983. He is joined by Ron Kuala‘au, one of Barry’s first teachers in Hawaiian music and culture and one of the early influences on the HAPA sound.

A prolific composer and performer, and one of Hawai’i’s most respected and celebrated recording artists and producers, Barry has composed some of Hawaii’s most popular songs of the last three decades. In 1994, the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts honored Flanagan, and Hawaiian Language Professor S.H. Kiope Raymond, with the prestigious “Haku Mele” award, an acknowledgement for Excellence in the Art of Song composition in the Native Hawaiian Language. In 2004, Flanagan co-composed a song with friend Kenny Loggins for his Grammy-nominated release More Songs from Pooh Corner. The song, entitled Hana Aluna Lullaby includes a chorus in the Hawaiian language, the first song utilizing Hawaiian lyrics to receive that distinction.

The evolution of HAPA as one of the most imaginative and diverse Hawaiian groups continues with the addition of their newest member, singer-songwriter Ron Kuala'au. Born in Honolulu and raised in Kailua on the windward side of O'ahu, Ron's earliest memories are of large family gatherings with lots of music and singing. In the early 1980s Ron moved to Maui and began performing professionally, finding audiences who resonated with his soulful vocals and beautifully penned Hawaiian songs. After releasing five full length solo albums, Ron joins HAPA to the delight of founding member and HAPA's songwriter, Barry Flanagan.

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