Hapa, award winning recording artists from Hawaii, will bring Island spirit to San Francisco for a benefit concert in support of Japantown’s 35th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair. Featuring Barry Flanagan and Nathan Aweau, Hapa will headline a special concert titled "Bringing Our Communities Together," on July 5 at the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts with special appearance by Na Mamo No`eau.
Like the Hawaiian Islands themselves, Hapa's Pan-Polynesian music is an amalgam of influences ranging from ancient genealogical chants to the strummed ballads of Portuguese fisherman, Spanish cowboys, and the inspired melodies and harmonies of the traditional church choirs of the early missionaries. Add to this a dose of American acoustic folk/rock, and you have what the Maui Times has described as the “most exciting and beautiful contemporary Hawaiian music the worldknows!”
Often encapsulated as the “Sound of Maui”, Hapa’s music 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 entitled 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 Aweau 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.
Tickets On Sale Now!
Concert tickets are on sale now through the City Box Office
The Nihonmachi Street Fair is set for August 9 and 10 in Japantown at Post and Buchanan Sts., in San Francisco. More information about the concert and the fair is available at the Nihonmachi Street Fair website at www.nihonmachistreetfair.org or by calling 415-771-9861.)