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ALOHA SERIES OF HAWAIIAN MUSIC CONTINUES WITH HAPA 

WHITTIER, CA (NOVEMBER 7, 2006) – Internationally acclaimed musical group HAPA will bring their brand of Hawaiian music to campus with three shows beginning Saturday, December 9 at 3 and 8 p.m. The final show will be Sunday, December 10 at 3 p.m., Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, 13406 E. Philadelphia St. $35. 907-4203.

HAPA has been hailed as virtuoso, masterful, Hawaii’s supergroup, and the sound of Maui. Founded in 1983 by guitarist Barry Flanagan, HAPA is a musical troupe consisting of two musicians who play contemporary Hawaiian music, a traditional Polynesian chanter and three hula dancers. Hawaiian born Nathan Aweau joined the group in 2003 as a guitarist. O`ahu native Charles Ka`upu has been a member of HAPA since 1993. Ka`upu’s specialty is the ‘oli, the ancient art of Polynesian chant. The dancers include Malia Ann Kawailanamalie Peterson, Nalani Higgins, and Naomi Pi‘ilaniho‘omalamalamaokalani Klein.

HAPA has released more than a half dozen CDs including their latest, Maui, the first to feature Nathan Aweau. Maui was honored with four awards at 29th annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards in June including album of the year and contemporary album of the year. Aweau won awards for his solo efforts, Hawaii Classic Series Vol. 1 Vintage on which he sang and Bass Etude.  

Whittier College is one of the only venues on the mainland that consistently hosts the top names in Hawaiian music. In the coming months, the series will feature The Makaha Sons, Ledward Ka’Apana and The Brothers Cazimero.  

Founded by Quakers in 1887, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering a traditional liberal arts program integrated with both professional and pre-professional courses of study. With an emphasis on diversity, community, and curricular innovation, the College’s primary mission is to endow students with the education, skills, and values appropriate for global leadership and service.  

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