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Teens Invited to Enter 2012 Anime Art Contest at Liliha Library

Teens Invited to Enter 2012 Anime Art Contest at Liliha Library

Calling all teens who love to draw Anime and Manga!  Enter the 2012 Anime Art Contest at Liliha Public Library which will be conducted from November 1 through December 31.                               

Young adults in grades 6 through 12 are invited to submit artwork prepared in anime style.  The first 100 entrants will receive a free Manga instructional booklet. The deadline for contest entries is December 31; winners will be announced on January 12, 2013.

The winners will receive fabulous prizes such as Pigma Sensei Pens, Canson Manga Fanboy Pocket Novels, a set of Copic markers, Anime Debut Studio and Manga Studio software, a Bamboo Pen, Prismacolor sets, and Kawaii Kon merchandise.  Winning artwork will be on display at the Library.  

Pumpkin Carve Down by Corporate Teams and executives for Pumpkin Carving Festival

Pumpkin Carve Down by Corporate Teams and executives for Pumpkin Carving Festival
Tonight is serious business--at least to the company teams and executives participating. Even though, carving pumpkins is a fun mess, a carving challenge between CEOs from companies such as First Hawaiian Bank, Alexander & Baldwin, Hawaii News Now and American Savings Bank can mean some serious head-to-head, or pumpkin-to pumpkin competition.   Actually, these hardworking executives have held the Corporate Competition & Executive Carvedown for the past two years–just never in public. The Pumpkin Carving Festival rules are simple: Individual business leaders go head-to-head in a two-hour timed round, carving pumpkins into something inspired by media coverage or local news.

Bank of Hawaii OHANA! Series presents the HOT Opera Express production of The Curse of Lou-Ling

Bank of Hawaii OHANA! Series presents the HOT Opera Express production of The Curse of Lou-Ling

Hawaii Theatre Center continues its Bank of Hawaii OHANA! Series for young audiences with The Curse of Lou-Ling on November 7 at 7:00 p.m., presented in partnership with Hawaii Opera Theatre’s Opera Express traveling education program.

What better way to introduce young audiences to classical opera than with this kid-friendly, audience-interactive opera adaptation. Set in legendary times in the City of Celestial Empire, in Peking, China, where it has been proclaimed that in order to win the hand of the Princess, a royal suitor must solve three riddles.  Any suitor who accepts the challenge and fails must be put to death.  The situation is complicated by the fact that the beautiful Princess is determined never to wed. It seems her royal ancestor, Lou-Ling, died because of a man’s cruelty.

Give and Get Back at Ward Centers’ Festival of Giving from Nov. 2-4

Give and Get Back at Ward Centers’ Festival of Giving from Nov. 2-4

More than 90 participating Ward Centers stores and restaurants will offer special deals and discounts to benefit local nonprofits

Authors will Discuss Life in Old Honolulu at Hawaii State Library on Oct. 20

Authors will Discuss Life in Old Honolulu at Hawaii State Library on Oct. 20

“Honolulu Town: The Wholesome Town,” a free program and discussion about the recreational and charitable aspects of community life in Old Honolulu, will be presented at the Hawaii State Library on Saturday, October 20 at 11:45 a.m. in the First Floor Reading Room.

Laura Ruby and Ross Stephenson, co-authors of the recently-published book “Honolulu Town,” will be the featured speakers.  “Honolulu Town” is supported in part by a Hawaii Council for the Humanities Research Grant.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase from the Friends of the Library of Hawaii following the presentation.

Ruby is the editor of “Moiliili –The Life of a Community,” the 2008 recipient of the Hawaii Individual Artist Fellowship (the highest honor in the visual arts), and the creator of “Site of Passage – Chinatown,” a large commissioned site-specific sculpture.

Stephenson is the historian at the Hawaii State Historic Preservation Division of the Dept.

Award-winning Master Storytellers and Other Performers will be Featured at Libraries

Award-winning Master Storytellers and Other Performers will be Featured at Libraries

Award-winning master storytellers Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo and Nancy Wang, who have performed at the inaugural celebrations for both President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama and at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., will be the featured artist at selected public libraries during the months of October and November in celebration of Teen Read Week (October 14-20). 

As members of Eth-Noh-Tec, a kinetic Asian American Story Theater company based in San Francisco, they will perform “Asian Treasure Bag,” modern and traditional folktales from Asia through the spoken word, theater, dance and music.  They have won the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Network and the Parent’s Choice Award for DVD and CDs.

See Eth-Noh-Tec perform “Asian Treasure Bag” at the following 10 public libraries on Oahu, Maui, Molokai and Kauai:

  • October 16, 6:30 p.m.

Library for Blind & Physically Handicapped will Close for Repairs Starting October 15

Library for Blind & Physically Handicapped will Close for Repairs Starting October 15

The Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped (LBPH) will close temporarily for an interior renovation project beginning Monday, October 15.  The Library’s Radio Reading Service and transcribing services will not be available as of Monday, October 8.    

The renovation project will include asbestos removal, carpet and flooring replacement, and the Transcribing Services Section will undergo an electrical upgrade.  While the Library is closed, mail service will continue and patrons may call the Library’s answering machine at 733-8444 on Oahu or 1-800-559-4096 from the Neighbor Islands, to leave a message for requests or questions; staff will respond as soon as possible