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HPA Handbell Choir to perform in Waimea locations in December

<p>The Hawaii Preparatory Academy Middle School Handbell Choir poses for a photo. Under the direction of Georgia Polakova, they will offer a series of free public performances to welcome the holiday season. (PHOTO COURTESY OF HPA FOR NHN)</p>

The Hawaii Preparatory Academy Middle School Handbell Choir poses for a photo. Under the direction of Georgia Polakova, they will offer a series of free public performances to welcome the holiday season. (PHOTO COURTESY OF HPA FOR NHN)

The Hawaii Preparatory Academy Middle School Handbell Choir, under the direction of Georgia Polakova, will offer a series of free public performances to welcome the holiday season:

Friday, Dec. 6, 5:30 p.m., Parker Ranch Tree Lighting at Pu’uopelu, Waimea

Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m., Waimea Town Farmers Market, Parker School

Saturday, Dec. 7, 4:30 p.m., Waikoloa Kings’ Shops

Sunday, Dec. 8, 11:30 a.m., Parker Ranch Food Court

The handbell choir, offered as a middle school elective, has been part of the HPA Middle School experience for more than 25 years. The choir consists of 14-17 students who play for seven weeks, usually performing after only four weeks of rehearsal.

The Middle School Handbell Choir’s first CD, A Ka Makani Christmas, is available for $10 at all HPA Handbell Choir performances, at the HPA Bookstore, HPA Village Campus office, Isaacs Art Center, and online at www.hpa.edu. All proceeds benefit the HPA Middle School Handbell Choir. For more information about the group’s holiday performances, call 885-2500 or 885-2501.