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HAPA to perform at BIFF ‘Best of the Fest’ concert

HAPA will perform at the Big Island Film Festival’s “Best of the Fest” concert at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii on Monday, May 27.

Among the top-selling and most enduring acts in contemporary Hawaiian music history, HAPA has been described by Al Rudis in the Long Beach Press-Telegram as “a musical storm.” The soulful singing of Ron Kuala‘au and stirring guitar strings of Barry Flanagan combine to create what Rudis calls “music with beautiful melodies, soaring harmonies and sweeping rhythms that is immediately captivating … And between the vocal gems are haunting instrumentals. Hearing HAPA’s music, the listener might feel if the Hawaiian Islands could be turned into a movie, this would be its soundtrack.”

Ten-time Na Hoku Hanohano award-winners, HAPA has been heard in countless national TV shows and feature films, and was showcased in a PBS documentary hosted by Peter Fonda. Fresh from the recording studio, Flanagan and Kuala‘au are currently on tour, performing more than 25 shows spanning both coasts in many of the most prestigious venues in the country.

Tickets for “Best of the Fest” with HAPA can be purchased online at Best of the Fest tickets are $40 at the door, or $30 kamaaina, and $35 in advance, or $25 kamaaina, $10 keiki 6-12. Some chairs will be available as well as no-host bar, gourmet pupus and other movie snacks (no coolers please).

Best of the Fest includes: silent auction to benefit Fisher House at Tripler Army Medical Center, 5-7 p.m.; HAPA Concert, 5-7 p.m.; audience-voted Best Feature and Best Short Films of BIFF 2013, 7:30-9:30 p.m., and Best of the Fest is also a fundraiser for Hawaii Island Food Basket.

The Big Island “Talk Story” Film Festival is a celebration of independent narrative films and filmmaking, taking place May 23-27. Major sponsors include The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii and The Shops at Mauna Lani and Hawaii Tourism Authority/Hawaii County CPEP. For complete schedule information and tickets, visit or call (808) 883-0394.