Whittier College News Release
HAPA Returns to Whittier College
WHAT: HAPA Returns to Whittier College
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.
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