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The Banana Slug String Band will rock the house at HPA on Feb. 25

<p>Hawaii Preparatory Academy presents the world-renowned and award-winning children’s eco-music group, the Banana Slug String Band, in concert at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, at the school’s Gates Performing Arts Center. The concert, which is free and open to the public, is the second in a series of Ohana Sustainability events being presented by HPA. COURTESY OF HPA FOR NHN</p>

Hawaii Preparatory Academy presents the world-renowned and award-winning children’s eco-music group, the Banana Slug String Band, in concert at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, at the school’s Gates Performing Arts Center. The concert, which is free and open to the public, is the second in a series of Ohana Sustainability events being presented by HPA. COURTESY OF HPA FOR NHN

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 Monday, Feb. 25, at the school’s Gates Performing Arts Center. The concert, which is free and open to the public, is the second in a series of Ohana Sustainability events presented by HPA.

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.

The band has performed at hundreds of venues across the U.S., including the Museum of Natural History in New York City, the Montalvo Arts Center, and the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Their many awards include the Association for Independent Music Indie Award for Best Children’s Recording and a National Parenting Publications Awards Gold Award.

HPA’s Ohana Sustainability events are funded by the Will J. Reid Foundation and the Richard Smart Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation. The next Ohana Sustainability event at HPA is the Second Annual Earth Day Celebration and Environmental Science Symposium, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. For more information, contact Koh Ming Wei at 443-9231, or e-mail mwkoh@hpa.edu.