Office of Public Relations
13406 Philadelphia St.
P.O. Box 634
Whittier, CA 90608-0634
Caye Brundage Riley at (562) 907-4974
Sept. 12, 2003
Reference: 2003-04: 8
Returns to the Shannon Center
Nathan Aweau joins
original HAPA member Barry Flanagan in concert at the Ruth B. Shannon Center for
the Performing Arts at Whittier College at 3 and 8 p.m. on Saturday,
Sept. 27. Tickets for the
concert are $35 each and are available by calling the Shannon Center at (562)
Formerly composed of
Flanagan and Keli'i Kaneali'i, HAPA last appeared at the Shannon Center in
January of 2001. Shortly after, the duo parted ways, and now Aweau is part of
what Billboard Magazine has called “Hawaii’s hottest group.” Also included in
the tour are Ernie Cruz, Jr. (formerly of the Ka’au Crater Boys), chanter
Charles Ka’upu, and hula dancer Germaine Balino.
In 1980, Flanagan, born in
New York and raised in New Jersey, journeyed to Hawaii to study slack-key guitar
and to search for traditional island music.
Aweau was born and raised in
the islands, where he studied music of all types. He started his professional
career in 1982 accompanying local performers such as Gabe Baltazar, Henry Kapono
and Nohelani Cypriano. Since 1989, he has worked with the legendary Don Ho as
bassist and background vocalist—and appeared in concert with Ho at the Shannon
Center in July of 1999.
Located 18 miles east
of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering
traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in
the context of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which is accredited by
the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law
Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.