A Celebration of Lo`ea Hula Charles Kauhi Ka`upu with HAPA

Volcano Art Center’s Spring Concert Series continues on Saturday May 12 with HAPA“A Celebration of Lo`ea Hula Charles Kauhi Ka`upu ” in a concert to celebrate the life of one of Hawaii’s great Chanters. Surrounded by the lush forest and Halemaumau, Kilauea Military Camp’s Kilauea Theater will be the place to be with unforgettable performances by Barry and Ron as they celebrate their “music brother”.


Guests are invited to come at 6:30 pm to join in chant and dance before the performance according to Volcano Art Center CEO Tanya Aynessazian. “Sharing the arts and celebrating Hawaii’s musicians is our mission. We believe in keeping art accessible and affordable for all, but as I have said in the past it’s the generous donations from our community that bring these great concerts to Volcano.”

“We are so excited to have Barry and Ron of HAPA performing and honoring the great art of Ol`i,” stated Concerts Coordinator David Wallerstein. “Charle’s expertise in `oli, the ancient art of Polynesian chant, is something that we want to celebrate with our elders and pass on to our keiki at Volcano Art Center. I promise a special and moving evening for all that join us.”

Wallerstein stated that he expects HAPA to sell out again, adding “we hope this wonderful evening will ignite a passion for music in all who attend and maybe inspire a few donations for this beautiful Polynesian art and Volcano Art Center.”

From HAPA’s humble beginnings when their self titled critically acclaimed album HAPA which captured all six Na Hoku Hanohano (Hawai’i’s grammys) awards for which it was nominated. To today with the incredible line-up of Barry Flanagan and Ron Kuala`au, HAPA’s brilliant artistry, musicianship and creativity affirms HAPA’s place among the greatest musicians of Hawaiian Music.

HAPA’s music evokes a place that many people at different times have referred to as heavenly. The overriding quality of their music is one of beauty and serenity, found in the majestic tones of oli (chant), mele (song), the elegant moments of the sacred dance known as Hula, and the exhilarating sounds of virtuoso slack key guitar.

The groups ground breaking music has established them as one of the most internationally recognized names in Hawaiian music since their debut release, with sold out shows from Honolulu, to Tokyo to New York…and again Volcano.

The concert with HAPA will begin at 7:00 p.m. with $35.00 tickets available for advance purchase at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus, at VAC Art Gallery or online at www.volcanoartcenter.org. For more information, contact David at (808) 967-8222 or concerts@volcanoartcenter.com.

Volcano Art Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created in 1974 whose mission is to promote, develop and perpetuate the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaii through the arts and education.

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