City of Kenmore summer concert series kicks off

Celebrate summer by attending the City of Kenmore’s Summer Concert Series starting Thursday, July 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Saint Edward State Park and enjoy the sounds of a “Hawaiian Luau” performed by HAPA.

With an endorsement for their first CD from world-renowned singer-songwriter and guitarist, Kenny Loggins, HAPA continues to share Polynesian music by kicking off their summer 2014 tour first in Kenmore then throughout California, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, Virginia and Japan.

Hapa is a Hawaiian term meaning “half” or “part” and is usually referred to mixed heritage, short for the term “hapa haole”. HAPA’s music reflects its name with an infusion of harmonies and modern instrumentation in Hawaiian music. This is also reflected in the two musicians as well: one with South Pacific Island ancestry, Ron Kuala'au, and the other from New Jersey, Barry Flanagan.

Flanagan is known for his amazing “slack key” guitar skills, prolific composing and vocal abilities. In 1980, he moved to Hawaii to study the culture and arts, which was also a period of cultural awakening known as the Hawaiian Renaissance when the native language, culture, and arts were rescued from near oblivion. In 1994 Flanagan released a self-titled record, “HAPA”, which became the biggest seller by a Hawaiian group of all time and won six Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (equivalent to Grammies in Hawaii).

The Hawaiian Academy of Recording Arts honored him with the prestigious Haku Mele award for “Excellence in the Art of Song Composition in the Native Hawaiian Language”. “HAPA” was produced, composed, and arranged by Flanagan, with supporting vocal performances by Grammy Award winning singer Kenny Loggins and guitar performance by Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Stephen Stills. Flanagan continues to be a prolific composer and performer, and one of Hawaii’s most respected and celebrated Recording Artists and Producers, with writing Hawaii’s most popular songs of the last three decades. HAPA’s music can also be heard in Adam Sandler’s movie “Just Go With IT” released in February 2011.

Enjoy an evening of music showcasing a fusion of Polynesian chants and harmonies with strains of jazz, rock, folk and reggae in a fundamentally Hawaiian sound produced by Flanagan’s astonishing guitar playing on Thursday, July 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Saint Edward State Park, located at 14445 Juanita Drive NE.

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