What can we say? We LOVE these guys. So we're bringing them back for yet another awesome, grounded evening of Hawaiian music as only Barry Flanagan and Nathan Aweau can deliver it. Throw in the philosophy and good spirit of Charles Ka'upu, and it's enough to keep you going longer than anyone probably deserves.
The New York Times calls Hapa "the most successful Hawaiian music troupe in recent history." Often styled the "Sound of Maui", the music created by Hapa evokes a place that many critics have referred to as heavenly. The overriding quality of their music is one of beauty and serenity, found in the majestic tones of the oli (chant), mele (song), the elegant movements of the sacred dance known as hula, and the exhilarating innovative sounds of virtuoso slack key guitar. Hapa’s self-titled debut CD released in 1993, swept the 1994 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawaii’s equivalent of the Grammy’s), becoming the biggest selling CD by a group or duo in the history of recorded Hawaiian music. In 2006 the group’s recording, Hula, won the best album award and in 2007 Nathan won as best male vocalist of the year. Hapa’s ground breaking music has established them as the most recognized name in Hawaiian music internationally since their debut release, with sold-out shows from Tokyo to New York.