HAPA adds a third concert

The Maui News

A third HAPA concert has been added next month to the lineup after high demand for the first two shows this month, which will reunite the original duo at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

The third show is slated for 7:30 p.m. June 30, with tickets going on sale to MACC members Tuesday and to the general public next Saturday.

Limited tickets were still available Saturday for the 7:30 p.m. May 26 concert in McCoy Studio Theater, according to a news release. The concert tonight is sold out.

The concerts feature founding members Barry Flanagan and Keali’i Kaneali’i, who established the band as one of the most recognized names in Hawaiian music. The duo is coming together for the first time in 17 years.

HAPA’s self-titled album released in 1993 remains the No. 1 selling recording by a group or duo in the history of recorded Hawaiian music, according to the MACC. Named after the “ethnically mixed” founders, HAPA has a sound that MACC describes as “an update of traditional Polynesian textures and rhythms incorporating elements of pop and worldbeat.”

Tickets for the added show are $35, $45 or $65, plus applicable fees, available at the MACC box office, via phone at 242-7469 or through website at www.mauiarts.org.