Whittier College
Office of Public Relations
13406 Philadelphia St.
P.O. Box 634
Whittier, CA  90608-0634
Contact: Caye Brundage Riley at (562) 907-4974

Sept. 12, 2003    
Reference: 2003-04: 8      
HAPA 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) 907-4203. 

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.

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