Whittier College News Release

For Immediate Release - December 18, 2000
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HAPA Returns to Whittier College

WHAT: HAPA Returns to Whittier College

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 13, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

WHERE: The Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at Whittier College
13406 Philadelphia St., Whittier

COST: $30

ADD: Keli'i Kaneali'i and Barry Flanagan, the duo that is HAPA, "Hawaii's hottest group" according to Billboard Magazine return to the Shannon Center, accompanied by the powerful chant of Charles Kaupu and the mesmerizing hula of Haelani Youn.

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. While there he met Kaneali'i, "his musical soulmate," who was born into a very musical Hawaiian family and began his career in the church choir. In a short time, the two musicians formed HAPA. The 1993 release of their first album, "HAPA" broke all sales records for a Hawaiian record, and in 1994 HAPA won an unprecedented six Hoku Awards (the Hawaiian version of the Grammys). In 1996 HAPA became the first Hawaiian band to undertake a full national tour and the group has been selling out shows on both coasts of the mainland ever since.

INFORMATION: (562) 907-4203

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