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Hawaii's Public Libraries will Observe Kamehameha Day Holiday June 11

Hawaii's Public Libraries will Observe Kamehameha Day Holiday June 11

In observance of the Kamehameha Day 2013 Holiday, all public libraries will be closed on Tuesday, June 11.

Please visit the HSPLS website: www.librarieshawaii.org for a complete listing of public service hours for libraries.

 

Lt. Gen. Wiercinski retires as US Army Pacific Commanding General

Lt. Gen. Wiercinski retires as US Army Pacific Commanding General

 

After 34 years of service in the U.S. Army, the United States Army Pacific Commanding General was honored at his retirement ceremony today.

Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski led approximately 80,000 when he served as the leader of the U.S. Army Pacific the past two years.

“It was a dream come true,” Wiercinski said. “[I] started here as a second lieutenant in the 25th Infantry Division 34 years ago and ending here as a Lieutenant General in command of U.S. Army Pacific is pretty much a good culmination to a wonderful career.”

Wiercinski’s retirement ceremony was held at Fort Shafter’s Palm Circle. The ceremony began at 1 p.m. and lasted for just over an hour. He addressed the crowd and thanked his wife of 34 years, Jeannine. Wiercinski’s parents were also following the ceremony from their home in Pennsylvania via Skype.

See Special Ronald McDonald Book Time Event at 18 Oahu Libraries

See Special Ronald McDonald Book Time Event at 18 Oahu Libraries

“It’s Book Time with Ronald McDonald!” will be presented at 18 Oahu public libraries, May 28 – July 3, to celebrate the 2013 HSPLS Children’s Summer Reading Program.  Admission is free.

Ronald McDonald will offer a fun-filled interactive performance featuring a creative blend of music, magic and games to reinforce the idea that reading is fun, and books play an important part of every day.  In addition, Ronald will emphasize appropriate library use and the proper care of books.

McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii is sponsoring this special 30-minute event which is suitable for children of all ages.  All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

See “It’s Book Time with Ronald McDonald!” at these Oahu libraries:

Noted Storyteller Performs at Seven Libraries Statewide, June 1-July 13

Noted Storyteller Performs at Seven Libraries Statewide, June 1-July 13

Storyteller Dave Del Rocco, a former Public Librarian of the Year and HSPLS Children’s Librarian, will be a featured performer for the 2013 HSPLS Children’s Summer Reading Program at seven selected public libraries statewide from June 1 through July 13.  Admission is free. 

Del Rocco will present “Stories of Hawaii and the World” – folktales of Hawaii and other places such as Africa, Alaska, Italy, Laos, and the Philippines.  Del Rocco’s tales are mostly humorous in nature and explain how different cultures view aspects of their world.

Hawaii State Library Offers Centennial Anniversary Events in June

Hawaii State Library Offers Centennial Anniversary Events in June

Hawaii State Library (HSL) will continue celebrating its Centennial Anniversary through December 2013. The Library, located at 478 South King Street, opened on February 1, 1913. An historical exhibit about the Library will be featured in the First Floor Reading Room throughout the celebration. In addition to its regular Saturday morning Children’s Storytimes in the Edna Allyn Room (EAR), the Library will offer free special programs and new exhibits each month during its Centennial year. All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Upcoming highlights for June include:

•             Lobby exhibit for June: “Unseen Treasures of the Hawaii State Library”

Sew a Lei for Memorial Day

Sew a Lei for Memorial Day

Information courtesy: Mayor Kirk Caldwell's office:

 

“TWO: THE STORY OF ROMAN AND NYRO” TO SCREEN AT HONOLULU RAINBOW FILM FESTIVAL.

 

(Honolulu, HI) – One of the most eagerly awaited films of the year will have its Canadian Premiere this month at the 23rd Annual InsideOut Film Festival. Directed by Heather Winters, TWO: The Story of Roman and Nyro, documents the 12-year journey of legendary songwriter Desmond Child and his lifelong partner Curtis Shaw, and the extraordinary way they met and connected with Angela Whittaker, the woman who would carry their twin sons, Roman and Nyro, into the world. 

"Gay marriage opponents need to come up with a better argument than procreation,” states Child. “Gay people are NOT infertile... we actually can procreate... and our children deserve married parents. End of discussion, America.” 

 “We're just living our lives day by day, and we have the same ups and downs like any other family,” says Shaw. “Love is love.... and love makes a family. This is our story.”