Meaning ‘half’ in Hawaiian, the name HAPA is inspired by the band’s two members, one from South Pacific ancestry and the other from New Jersey. The driving force behind HAPA is “to perpetuate a Polynesian language that nearly died in the 1970’s, and totally change the way the world perceives Hawaiian Music.”
In 1993, HAPA released their first self-titled album, which became the biggest-selling CD by a group or duo in the history of recorded Hawaiian music. It was also the first album to be categorized as “World Music” by Billboard Magazine.
HAPA performed their song Olinda Road on the hit TV show “Hawaii 5-0” to an estimated 25 million viewers, and over their 20+ year career, they have traveled around the world to perform in small and large venues alike, a practice which continues today.
“HAPA is the most successful Hawaiian music group in recent history.” – The New York Times
Where To See Them on Maui:
Every Tuesday & Wednesday night in June, July and August 2015 at The Mill House at Maui Tropical Plantation! A new live music venue on Maui located at the foothills of the West Maui Mountains, The Mill House offers beautiful scenery along with HAPA’s musical skills, cocktails and delicious food!
Guests are invited to enjoy an exclusive dinner by ‘Aipono Award Winner Chef of the Year, Jeff Scheer, prior to the show.
Get your tickets here!