The Banana Slug String Band performs at HPA on Jan. 17

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Hawaii Preparatory Academy will present the world-renowned and award-winning children’s eco-music group, the Banana Slug String Band in concert at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 17, at the school’s Gates Performing Arts Center. The concert, which is free and open to the public, kicks off the school’s 2014 ‘Ohana Sustainability Event series.

The Banana Slug String Band is a group of lovable 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. For more information, contact Dr. Koh Ming Wei at 443-9231, or e-mail