Several years ago, while visiting our best friends in Hilo, Hawaii, we were introduced to the group Hapa.
Barry Flanagan, one on the right, has his roots from New Jersey. Ron Kuala'au is native Hawaiian. They first met around 1981, remained friends and became musical partners recently.
At this concert, Charles Ka'upu played a very intregal part in the performance.
Last Friday (8-5-11) Hapa appeared at the Lincoln Theater in Mt. Vernon, Washington, their second appearance in Mt. Vernon due to the Northwest Hawaii Ohana society in Bellingham, Washington. This was the third concert we have attended.
Sadly, we learned of Charles' death in July of this year (2011). Charles was a "Master Chanter" of the Hawaiian musical arena. We were fortunate to have been able to heard him. The world is a sadder place due to his passing. He had a great sense of humor.
Barry plays slack key guitar, an invention of Hawaiian musicians. Ron and Barry have a beautiful blend of voices.
Hope that you will investigate them on the net, possibly discover their music, also look up Charles Ka'upu.
Aloha, Charles, rest in peace.