We all dream of paradise. Ben has wanted to visit Hawaii since he was a 14 year old, surfing English waves at Croyd Bay. Now whilst it’s true that some of The Hapa Hillbillies have recently visited the Islands, Ben still has not.
And so, every Monday evening The Hapa Hillbillies pretend it is 1929 and sing and play this music acoustically at Solstice Wood Fire Cafe , for friends, locals and visitors - just like they used to in the lobbies of the great old Hawaiian hotels.
In the late teens, the first Hawaiians brought the ukulele, steel guitar and highly exotic, practically naked Hula dancers to the U.S. mainland and, understandably, the craze for all things Hawaiian exploded! Fueling this Island frenzy was the music of the day, with almost everyone singing Hawaiian or Hapa Haole songs. The Hapa Hillbillies are our effort to recreate the music of that golden era. Along with Ben, the band consists of Larry Wyatt, Rick Hulett, Dennis Williams and Ronnie Ontiveros.
If you ever get to Bingen, Washington then please come to the Solstice on a Monday night – they’ll be there. For now, play this CD, close your eyes and get carried away with sentimental nostalgia for a different time and place