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In the Name of Love

Hapa

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Album Review

Hapa, a duo consisting of Honolulu native Keli'i Kaneali'i and New Jersey's own Barry Flanagan, teamed up to release In the Name of Love in 1997, taking its title from the U2 song (which is also featured on the album as a cover). Also covered is Carlos Santana's "Europa," which works quite well for a basic acoustic guitar type of sound, when performed properly. On the album there are more or less two styles of music that emerge. The first is a basic U2 type of sound (not too surprising, given the title), but mixed with a small amount of Hawaiian paniolo-style guitar, which gives an almost throbbing beat behind a driven song or melodic line. The second form is the ballad, which Barry Flanagan (who also wrote most or all of the songs on the album) appears to favor quite a bit. The ballads appear throughout the album, sometimes in English, sometimes translated to Hawaiian. Overall, it's quite a good album, with its varied styles and a few surprises, such as a more traditional Hawaiian chant by friend Charles Ka'upu and a rendition of the classic "Sleepwalk." Also, for fans of Hawaiian music in general, Don Ho appears on the "Waikiki Beachboy Song." Pick it up.

Customer Reviews

Great album!

I was listening to XM radio one night when the song "Kahea U'ilani" came on. I was instantly captured by the gentle harmonies and classical style guitar (this coming from a person who's favorite groups are the Beatles, Rush and Oasis, in that order.) I had never heard of Hapa, but I bought "In the name of Love" the next week and was blown away. Each song is harmonically strong and equally different in sound. From the mystic sound of "Lelehua" to the remake of the U2 song "Pride(In the name of Love), Hapa is at their best. If you want something different, buy this album.

Haole Girl

Coming from a Haole girl from upstate NY . HAPA reminds me of all the beautiful things I loved about Hawaii. Also if you get a chance to go to a concert they are great. Just saw them again in Portland OR. Mahalo Nui Loa for some great tunes..

Sleepwalk

Boy what a great version of this classic tune! It has a fuller sound then the Santo and Johnny version.

Biography

Genre: World

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

The Hawaiian duo Hapa teamed singers/guitarists Barry Flanagan and Keli‘i Kaneali‘i, who first met in 1983; deriving their name from a pidgin slang expression for "ethnically mixed, " Kaneali‘i (a Honolulu native) and Flnagan (a product of New Jersey who relocated to Maui in 1979) then spent the next decade honing their distinctive sound, an update of traditional Polynesian textures and rhythms incorporating elements of pop and worldbeat. Building a devoted following throughout the islands, in 1993...
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In the Name of Love, Hapa
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: World, Music, Jazz
  • Released: Jul 01, 1997

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