Maui Arts & Entertainment

HAPA Adds Fourth Concert Performance, July 28

July 18, 2019, 2:55 PM HST
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After selling out three consecutive shows, Hawaiian music duo HAPA will perform a fourth show at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Sunday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m.

HAPA. Photo courtesy: Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

HAPA consists of artists Barry Flanagan and Keli’i Kaneali’i who have reunited after a gap of 17 years.

Tickets are available starting Saturday, June 29 to MACC members at 10 a.m. with remaining
tickets being sold to the general public starting Saturday, July 6.

The name HAPA is inspired by the band’s two members – Keli’i Kaneali’i, of South Pacific ancestry, and Barry Flanagan, originally from New Jersey. The Hawaiian singers/guitarists duo first met in 1983, and derived their name from a pidgin slang expression for “ethnically mixed.”

They spent the next decade honing their distinctive sound, an update of traditional Polynesian textures and rhythms incorporating elements of pop and world beat. This groundbreaking sound established HAPA as one of the most widely recognized groups in Hawaiian music.

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HAPA’s self-titled debut album, released in 1993, remains the top-selling recording by a group or duo in the history of recorded Hawaiian music. That album swept all six nominated categories at the 1994 Hawai’i Music Awards, and in 2007 the album was hailed by Honolulu Magazine as one of the 50 All Time Greatest Hawaiian Recordings of All Time with the original song “Lei Pikake” acknowledged as one of the 50 All-Time Greatest Songs.

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Tickets for the show are $35, $45, $65 plus applicable fees, and are available at the MACC box office starting Saturday, June 29 at 10 a.m. for MACC members and to the general public Saturday, July 6.

Those wishing to renew or join, can call or visit the MACC Box Office or log on to MauiArts.org/membership. The MACC Box Office can be reached by phone or in person Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Online sales are available anytime at MauiArts.org.

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