Often encapsulated as the “Sound of Maui,” or the “Soundtrack of Hawaii,” the music and sound of the group HAPA (featuring the original duo Barry Flanagan & Kelii Kanealii) evokes a place that many people have referred to as heavenly. The sound? Expect to hear hypnotic, liquid guitar runs woven around clear, tenor Hawaiian vocals and immaculate harmonies driven by poetic lyrics exulting the rapture of the Hawaiian landscape, history, and mythology. Add a dose of American folk-rock and you have what has been described as “the most exciting and beautiful contemporary Hawaiian music the world knows” (Maui Times).
The overriding quality of their music is one of passion, beauty, and serenity, found in the majestic tones of the oli (chant), mele (song), and the exhilarating innovative sounds of virtuoso guitar performances. “Masterful” is how Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Stephen Stills describes the groups’ guitar skills.
If you like HAPA, you might also like Masters of Hawaiian Music, International Guitar Night or California Guitar Trio.