HAPA Performs at Kahilu Theatre
HAPA, made up of duo Barry Flanagan and Kapono Nā‘ili‘ili, will hop on the Kahilu Theatre stage on Sunday, Nov. 1 for an evening performance, which will feature the duo’s signature sound.
Often called the “Soundtrack of Hawai’i,” HAPA will perform hypnotic, liquid guitar, tenor Hawaiian vocals, and harmonies, driven by poetic lyrics and wrapped in tales of landscape, history, and mythology.
The duo has been praised and described as “the most exciting and beautiful contemporary Hawaiian music the world knows” by Maui Times.
Flanagan is an American singer-songwriter and musician. As the founder of HAPA, he is known for a whole set of musical talents, including guitar and song writing skills and vocal performances. Flanagan is also deeply rooted in nature and is known for his ocean awareness projects.
In 1980, Flanagan moved to Hawai’i to study slack key guitar and Haku Mele, It was just three years later that he founded HAPA, meaning half or mixed Pacific Island ancestry.
Nāʻiliʻili is known for his off-the-chart vocals as part of his mastery of numerous instruments. He graduated from the University of Hawai’i with a Bachelor’s degree in Hawaiian Language and uses the skill set learned in his experiences on stage and in recordings.
In 2007, Nāʻiliʻili won Maui’s 2007 Falsetto Contest.
HAPA recently completed a west coast tour that took them through California and Washington. The duo performs more than 100 shows a year out-of-state and is one of the most recognized names in Hawaiian music.
Tickets to the November show are $20/$47/$58/$68 and can be purchased online by calling 885-6868 or by visiting the Kahilu Theatre Box Office , open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.