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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).

GEOBUNGA HOSTS FREE MOTHER’S DAY ORCHID WORKSHOP, MAY 11

GEOBUNGA HOSTS FREE MOTHER’S DAY ORCHID WORKSHOP, MAY 11

 

WHAT: 

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Geobunga will host a free Mother’s Day Orchid Workshop that will teach attendees how to transplant, split, prune and properly care for orchid plants. Geobunga will have hundreds of beautiful orchids available at farm-direct wholesale prices, starting as low as $5.  

 

WHEN/WHERE:                  

Saturday, May 11

·       9 a.m. at Geobunga Honolulu at 4299 Lawehana Street, Salt Lake (across from Target) and

·       2 p.m. at Geobunga Waimanalo Farm at 41-829 Kakaina St., Waimanalo

 

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Hawaii State Library Offers Centennial Anniversary Events in May

Hawaii State Library Offers Centennial Anniversary Events in May

Hawaii State Library, the flagship of the Hawaii State Public Library System, is currently 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 Hawaii State 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, the Library will offer free special programs and new exhibits each month during its Centennial year.

Upcoming highlights for May include:

Top 10 Reasons Not to Miss the Hawaii Book & Music Festival presented by Bank of Hawaii

Top 10 Reasons Not to Miss the Hawaii Book & Music Festival presented by Bank of Hawaii

There are dozens of reasons to attend the 8th annual Bank of Hawaii Presents the Hawaii Book & Music Festival.  Here are our Top 10 reasons why you won’t want to miss this year’s festivities, coming to the grounds of the Honolulu Hale civic center on Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, 2013,

 

10      Browse and buy books from more than a dozen Hawaii publishers and independents at the new Publishers Village.

9         Enjoy ono eats at the Food Court while listening to acoustic ethnic music at the nearby Café Stage.

8         Take in two days of Main Stage performances by top hula halau (including three Merrie Monarch winners), Willow Chang and 12 exotic dance companies, and award-winning Hawaiian entertainers, including Amy Hanaiali‘i with Jeff Peterson; Starr Kalahiki; Kupaoa; and Henry Allen.

Shen Yun Performing Arts

Shen Yun Performing Arts

Shen Yun Performing Arts brings a grand production of Chinese dance and music to Honolulu on May 3-5. Shen Yun features 5,000 years of Chinese culture, nearly 100 top artists, 400 gorgeous costumes, and the only orchestra in the world featuring both classical Western and Chinese instruments. This is an exhilarating show you will never forget!

FROM THE LEGEND of the Yellow Emperor to the story of the Terracotta Army, from the mountains of Tibet to the banks of the Yangtze River … Shen Yun takes you on a magical journey through ancient dynasties and faraway lands. Immerse yourself in a world of sublime beauty and grace, and experience a China you’ve never known.

 See what critics are saying about Shen Yun, and why they rate it as the "Best Show": 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=068BF_xeIQs

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day at 16 Selected Statewide Libraries on May 4

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day at 16 Selected Statewide Libraries on May 4

Mark your calendars!  Sixteen libraries will offer readers free comic books on Saturday, May 4 in celebration of the 12th anniversary of Free Comic Book Day.  Library patrons showing their valid Hawaii State Public Library System card will receive a special free comic book, while supplies last.  Participating libraries’ local Friends groups, Jelly’s the Original, and Collector Maniacs are sponsoring this year’s event.

See Lei-making, Tongan style at Hawaii State Library on Saturday, April 27

See Lei-making, Tongan style at Hawaii State Library on Saturday, April 27

In celebration of the Hawaii State Library’s Centennial Anniversary, “Lei-making, Tongan style,” a free lecture-demonstration program, will be presented on Saturday, April 27 at 1 p.m. in the First Floor Reading Room.   

Aita Tonga, a self-taught lei maker who has been creating lei for more than 10 years, will demonstrate how she makes Tongan lei and discuss lei customs.  There will be a photo display featuring various lei styles, and the audience will have the opportunity to examine fresh lei made by Tonga.    

This two-hour presentation is suitable for ages 5 and older.  All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.  A question-and-answer session will be included in the program.

Contact the Library as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.