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Banana Slug String Band set to return to HPA

They rocked the house in February and they’re ready to do it again in the new year.

Hawaii Preparatory Academy presents children’s eco-music group the Banana Slug String Band in concert 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the school’s Gates Performing Arts Center.

The concert is free and open to the public, and kicks off the school’s 2014 Ohana Sustainability Event series.

The Banana Slug String Band is a group of musicians and educators from the coastal redwoods of Northern California who helped pioneer the art of children’s edu-tainment. The Slugs are “Airy” Larry Graff, Doug “Dirt” Greenfield, “Solar” Steve Van Zandt, and “Marine” Mark Nolan.

Perhaps best known for the organic food anthem, “Dirt Made My Lunch,” the Banana Slugs have long been favorites of kids of all ages.

The band’s music, which ranges from rockin’ boogies to sensitive ballads, folk songs to reggae and rap, features vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, harmonica and percussion. Shows include wild-and-wacky costumes, audience participation and puppets that entertain and educate audiences about caring for the Earth.

“Music resonates,” said Van Zandt. “Whether it is a song that is stuck in your head for a day or a tune that lives within us for a lifetime, music holds the power to transcend time and place and to touch our deepest emotions.”

For more information, contact Dr. Koh Ming Wei at 808-443-9231 or via email at


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