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Aloha Festivals Seeks Applicants For 2014 O‘ahu Royal Court And Floral Parade

Aloha Festivals Seeks Applicants For 2014 O‘ahu Royal Court And Floral Parade

HONOLULU – The 2014 Aloha Festivals is now accepting applications for participants in the 2014 O‘ahu Royal Court and annual Aloha Festivals Floral Parade.

2014 Aloha Festivals O‘ahu Royal Court:

Applicants are currently being sought for the positions of mō‘i kane (king), mō‘i wahine (queen), kamāliʻi kane (prince), kamāliʻi wahine (princess) and other court members of the 2014 Oʻahu Royal Court. Applicants must be of Hawaiian ancestry and are expected to make various appearances during their reigning year, from September 2014 to August 2015. King and queen applicants must be 35 years of age or older; prince and princess applicants must be 16 to 18 years old. Scholarships will be awarded to the chosen prince and princess to further their education after high school. In addition, court members are also being sought to fill attendant positions.

Hawaii's Public Libraries will Consolidate Patron Database on June 2

Hawaii's Public Libraries will Consolidate Patron Database on June 2

The Hawaii State Public Library System’s (HSPLS) patron database will undergo a purge of inactive accounts on Monday, June 2.  Removing these accounts will provide an updated, more accurate database for our business and management uses. Inactive accounts are accounts with expired library cards and:

•             No borrowed library material in the past three years and

•             No outstanding items, charges or fees; and/or

•             Whose card holders are former residents who have relocated from Hawaii

New Passport Service Hours at Hawaii State Library Begin June 2

New Passport Service Hours at Hawaii State Library Begin June 2

Travelers needing U.S. Passport application services at the Hawaii State Library should plan ahead.  Starting Monday June 2 new service hours will begin.

Monday through Friday Passport Service hours at the Library’s Federal Documents Section (second floor) will now be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., a two-hour reduction each day.  Saturday service hours will remain the same – from 9 a.m. to noon.                

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra Features 19-Year-Old Prodigy, Conrad Tao

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra Features 19-Year-Old Prodigy, Conrad Tao

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (HSO) will feature the return of guest conductor Naoto Otomo and the debut of 19-year-old piano prodigy Conrad Tao Sunday, June 1, at 4 p.m. at the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall for the final concert of the 2013-2014 season. “Concert Conversations” begin at 3 p.m. in the concert hall with host Iggy Jang, the HSO’s concertmaster, speaking with Tao and Maestro Otomo.

The program opens with Finlandia, the patriotic tone poem and perhaps best-known work of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Tao then joins Maestro Otomo and the HSO in the quintessentially romantic Piano Concerto in A minor by Edvard Grieg. The concert closes with the dramatic, melodic Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz, which tells the story of an artist’s self-destructive passion for a beautiful woman.

Cherry Blossom Cabaret presents: VarieTease! Alice in Chinatown: Through the Looking Glass

Cherry Blossom Cabaret presents: VarieTease! Alice in Chinatown: Through the Looking Glass

Cherry Blossom Cabaret presents: VarieTease!
Alice in Chinatown: Through the Looking Glass

Sign up for HSPLS Summer Reading Programs @ your Library Starting May 27

Sign up for HSPLS Summer Reading Programs @ your Library Starting May 27

Readers of all ages are invited to participate in the 2014 Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) Summer Reading Programs which will be conducted from Sunday, June 1 through Saturday, July 12.  Registration for the free six-week programs at all 50 public libraries statewide begins on Tuesday, May 27.  Some libraries may extend their programs beyond the July 12 date; contact your local library for dates and other guidelines.

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra Features Concerto For Koto

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra Features Concerto For Koto

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (HSO) will feature guest conductor Naoto Otomo and world-renowned koto soloist Yumi Kurosawa Saturday, May 17, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 18, at 4 p.m. at the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall. “Concert Conversations” begin one hour before each concert with host Concertmaster Ignace “Iggy” Jang.

The program opens with Yasushi Akutagawa’s Musica per Orchestra Sinfonica. Soloist Kurosawa then joins Maestro Otomo and the HSO in the world premiere symphonic performance of Daron Hagen’s Genji, Concerto for Koto and Orchestra. The concert concludes with one of Tchaikovsky’s most popular, tuneful works, Symphony No. 4.