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HSPLS Continues Internet PC Reservations Upgrade: Hawaii State Library Starts Week of May 20

HSPLS Continues Internet PC Reservations Upgrade: Hawaii State Library Starts Week of May 20

The Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) will perform an upgrade to its Smart Access Management (SAM) Internet reservation system in the Hawaii State Library beginning Monday, May 20 through Friday, May 24.  The computers at the Hawaii State Library will be unavailable for reservations from this week through the completion of the upgrade at the Library.  Walk-up sessions may or may not be available, depending on the progress of the upgrade. 

SAM is a computer-based system that allows users to reserve and register for Internet sessions in HSPLS’s 50 public libraries; it helps HSPLS maximize the use of public Internet computers and ensures equal access for our patrons. 

Hawaii Meth Project Announces Winner of Special Meth Award in the HMSA’s Teen Video Contest

Hawaii Meth Project Announces Winner of Special Meth Award in the HMSA’s Teen Video Contest

Student from Kapaa High School Top Winner with “Goals” Video 

HONOLULU—May 9, 2013—Last night, at a Hollywood-themed red carpet event, the Hawaii Meth Project joined the Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA) to honor and congratulate Hawaii teens who participated in this year’s HMSA Teen Video Awards Contest, including Kaylee Silva from Kapaa High School, who won the special Hawaii Meth Project award. For the fourth year in a row, the Hawaii Meth Project has partnered with HMSA to increase awareness about the risks of methamphetamine by hosting a special award in the addiction prevention category within the Teen Video Awards Contest, honoring videos dealing specifically with meth.

Re-Stock your home library at Bank of Hawaii Book Swap, May 18 & 19

Re-Stock your home library at Bank of Hawaii Book Swap, May 18 & 19

Need to replenish the stack of books on your bed stand? Time to stock up on good reads for the summer?  Then plan to attend the 8th annual Hawaii Book & Music Festival presented by Bank of Hawaii on May 18 and 19 where you not only will enjoy two days packed with more than 150 FREE events and performances, but you also can update your home library at Bank of Hawaii’s popular Book Swap. 

Bring up to five gently used books to the festival’s Bank of Hawaii booth and swap them for up to five new or “previously viewed” books!  Hundreds of titles for adults and children will be available at the Book Swap, which will be open both days of the festival. The books that are collected will be donated to Hawaii Literacy where your tomes will find appreciative new homes.

Pan-Pacific festival announces two new locations for 2013 arts showcases

Pan-Pacific festival announces two new locations for 2013 arts showcases

HONOLULU – The 34th Annual Pan-Pacific Festival has announced two new locations to host its Performing Arts Showcases this year in June: Waikiki Beach Walk Plaza Stage and Ala Moana Centertainment Stage (Nordstrom Wing, 3rd Floor). The Performing Arts Showcases are one of Pan-Pacific Festivals’ series of events that are held daily throughout the festival’s three-day celebration and will feature traditional Japanese song and dance, hula performances and other cultural presentations from more than 25 groups from Japan and Hawai‘i.

Join the HSPLS Summer Reading Programs @ your Local Library

Join the HSPLS Summer Reading Programs @ your Local Library

Readers of all ages are invited to participate in the 2013 Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) Summer Reading Programs which will be conducted from June 2 through July 6.  Registration for the free five-week programs at public libraries begins on Tuesday, May 28.   Contact your local public library for starting dates and guidelines.

Participants who visit their local library and read at least one book per week are eligible to receive a free weekly reading incentive, while supplies last.  In addition to reading, the programs will feature performances by outstanding storytellers and artists. Performance programs will be highlighted in the June issue of Holo I Mua, HSPLS website: www.librarieshawaii.org, Facebook at www.facebook.com/HSPLSHIgov, and Twitter at www.twitter.com/HSPLSHIgov.

Ala Moana Hotel Contest Celebrates the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

Ala Moana Hotel Contest Celebrates the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

As the official hotel of the 36th annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, Ala Moana Hotel will present its own prize envelope to three lucky people that correctly predict the winners of three Na Hoku award categories.  Kama‘aina and Pacific Business Connection members are invited to enter  for a chance to win a free two-night stay in a sleek one-bedroom, ocean-view suite at Ala Moana Hotel.

“Ala Moana Hotel is proud to be the official hotel of the 36th annual Na Hoku Hanohano awards,” said Marty Milan, Ala Moana Hotel’s director of sales and marketing. “To celebrate Hawaii’s biggest night in music, our island residents are encouraged to stop by and take a guess at who might bring home the gold for a chance to win a two-night stay here at Ala Moana Hotel.”

 

“And the Winner is…” 

Luce Foundation Partners With Linguists To Save Endangered Languages

Luce Foundation Partners With Linguists To Save Endangered Languages

THE WORLD - The world is experiencing an alarmingly accelerated rate of language extinction. It is predicted that at least fifty percent of languages will not survive this century. Every time a language disappears without documentation, we experience a monumental loss of scientific and human information.

In order to help stem this linguistic and cultural crisis, the Henry Luce Foundation has awarded $160,000 to the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Department of Linguistics in the College of Arts and Sciences for research on endangered languages in China and mainland Southeast Asia for the Catalogue of Endangered Languages (ELCat).