Is­land-hop­ping: Hapa

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS - — Paul Wei­de­man

The Lensic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter hosts a daz­zler on Sun­day, March 29, with the group Hapa pre­sent­ing con­tem­po­rary Hawai­ian mu­sic. Hapa’s founder, New Jer­sey na­tive Barry Flana­gan, works with Kapono Na’ili’ili. Thus the duo’s mon­icker, which means “half” — half Hawai­ian and half not. And their sound? Per the group’s web­site, “Ex­pect to hear hyp­notic, liq­uid gui­tar runs wo­ven around clear, tenor Hawai­ian vo­cals and im­mac­u­late har­monies driven by po­etic lyrics ex­ult­ing the rap­ture of the Hawai­ian land­scape, his­tory, and mythol­ogy.” To this rich mix, Na’ili’ili and Flana­gan add el­e­ments of Amer­i­can folk-rock. Guests ap­pear­ing with Hapa dur­ing its 30-year his­tory have in­cluded Don Ho and Kenny Log­gins, and the band has been fea­tured on PBS and Na­tional Geo­graphic’s Geo Ses­sions . Hapa plays the KiMo Theatre in Al­bu­querque (421 Cen­tral Ave. N.W.) at 8 p.m. Satur­day, March 28. Tick­ets for that show ($10-$30) are avail­able from hold­myt­ Hapa plays the Lensic, 211 W. San Fran­cisco St., the next night at 7 p.m. Visit www.tick­ or call 505-988-1234 for tick­ets ($15-$30).

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