Wednesday, April 26 | 7:00 p.m.
Winter/Spring 2017 Concert Series
Often described as the “sound of Maui,” HAPA’s music evokes a feeling that many people at different times have referred to as “heavenly.” The HAPA name itself reflects the diverse backgrounds of its musicians and the mix of cultures that converge in Hawai’i.
The overriding quality of HAPA’s music is one of beauty and serenity, found in the majestic tones of the oli (chant) and mele (song), at the elegant movements of the spiritual dance known as hula, and the exhilarating, innovative sounds of the virtuoso slack-key guitar. Founded in 1983, HAPA played over five hundred live shows per year before releasing its benchmark eponymous first album in 1993, which still remains the top-selling recording by a group or duo in the history of recorded Hawaiian music. The album swept all six categories for which it was nominated at the 1994 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, the Hawaiian equivalent of the GRAMMYs. In 2006, HAPA captured four Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards for its album Maui.
“HAPA is the most successful Hawaiian music group in recent history.”—New York Times
“Hawaii’s hottest group!”—Billboard Magazine
“HAPA’s music: Beautiful, fragile, spiritual, and powerful.”—Los Angeles Times
“HAPA’s music is majestic, stunning, reflecting a link to the past while soaring mightily into the future.”—Honolulu AdvertiserBack to Concerts