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Hawaii's Public Libraries will Observe the Memorial Day Holiday

Hawaii's Public Libraries will Observe the Memorial Day Holiday

In observance of the Memorial Day 2014 Holiday, all public libraries will be closed Saturday through Monday, May 24 – 26. 

The following libraries will be open with special hours on these days: 

  • May 22 (Thursday) – Kealakekua Public Library (telephone: 323-7585)
  • May 23 (Friday) – Aiea Public Library (telephone: 483-7333), Liliha Public Library (telephone: 587-7577), and Makawao Public Library (telephone: 573-8785)

For public service hours, please visit the HSPLS website at www.librarieshawaii.org, like us at www.facebook.com/HSPLSHIgov, follow us on www.twitter.com/HSPLSHIgov, or call your local library.

Commemorate Memorial Day with a local living legend at Hawaii State Library

Commemorate Memorial Day with a local living legend at Hawaii State Library

In commemoration of Memorial Day 2014, meet Pearl Harbor Survivor and author Herb Weatherwax in a free program at the Hawaii State Library on Saturday, May 17 at 2 p.m. in the First Floor Reading Room.

Weatherwax, a Native Hawaiian and first-time author, will read selections from his book “Counting My Blessings,” show photos from his youth, and share stories of mischief, adventure, and travel.  “Uncle Herb” will also share his amazing life story, including anecdotes about what it was like to grow up in Hawaii, his experience in a Honolulu street gang, how he survived the Pearl Harbor attack, his stint disarming bombs in Europe, and eventual transition to business owner, family man, and community leader.  Copies of “Counting My Blessings” will be available for sale from the Friends of the Library of Hawaii after the program.                 

New Microsoft Online Learning Platform Debuts June 2 at Public Libraries

New Microsoft Online Learning Platform Debuts June 2 at Public Libraries

The Hawaii State Public Library System’s Microsoft IT Academy, a free digital literacy and technology training resource, will not be available from Thursday, May 29 through Sunday, June 1 due to the installation of a new Microsoft Online Learning Platform.  The new platform is scheduled to go live on Monday, June 2.

Patrons who are currently taking Microsoft IT Academy courses are advised that partially-completed courses will not be transferred over to the new platform.  Patrons have the option of finishing their course prior to Thursday, May 15 or retaking the course from the beginning after the migration is completed on June 2. 

Ewa Makai Middle School Principal awarded $25,000 in School Leadership Award

Ewa Makai Middle School Principal awarded $25,000 in School Leadership Award

The Island Insurance Foundation presented its tenth annual Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award of $25,000 to Principal Edward Oshiro of Ewa Makai Middle School at the annual Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation Dinner held on May 1st at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom.

The award, named in honor of the late Masayuki Tokioka, founder of Island Insurance Company, Ltd., is presented to a public school principal who is visionary, community-minded, and has an entrepreneurial spirit – qualities of leadership that Tokioka exemplified in his own company and in the business community.

See "Eyes of Hawaii" Photo Display at Hawaii State Library May 1-29

See "Eyes of Hawaii" Photo Display at Hawaii State Library May 1-29

The Eyes of Hawaii Photography Club will showcase a variety of photos in its eighth annual exhibit at the Hawaii State Library from May 1 through 29, 2014.

This colorful and eye-catching photo exhibit will be on display in the Lobby.  The exhibit is suitable for all ages, and may be viewed during normal library hours.

In 2001, the Eyes of Hawaii Photography Club was established by a group of enthusiastic photography students at Kaimuki Community School for Adults.  Today, the club has grown to more than 100 members and provides programs and activities to enhance members’ photography skills.

La Pietra presents “Up the Down Staircase”

La Pietra presents “Up the Down Staircase”

La Pietra – Hawaii School for Girls presents “Up The Down Staircase” written by Bel Kaufman on Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 at 7 pm in the Barbie Gymnasium on the La Pietra campus.

Set in an inner city high school, “Up The Down Staircase” is the story of a novice teacher who is faced with unruly students and an administration that dampens the teacher's spirits. The teacher slowly gains the students' respect as she attempts to make a difference in their lives. The production, directed by Annie Renick, consists of 22 La Pietra students’ grades 7 through 12.

Tickets are $5 for students with identification and $7 for general seating. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. For more information, call 808-922-2744.

Hawaii Theatre to screen classic 1942 film Casablanca, April 26

Hawaii Theatre to screen classic 1942 film Casablanca, April 26

It’s not often that one has an opportunity to watch a classic film like Casablanca in the elegant surroundings of a classic theatre that’s older than the movie itself. Don’t miss Hawaii Theatre Center’s April 26 screening of one of the greatest films of all time, with Hawaii Theatre’s new, state-of-the-art film projection system – the only one of its kind in Hawaii, equipped with 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound.

The film will be shown at 7:30 p.m.

General admission tickets are $15 (including Theatre restoration fee) with discounts available for HTC members; seniors 62 years and older; students, military and youth with valid ID; and groups of 10 or more. VIP tickets also are available at $30 and include a pre-screening party at 5:00 p.m. in the Theatre’s Weyand Room with complimentary heavy pupu, a signature cocktail and priority seating for the film. Hawaii Theatre Center members receive $5 off each ticket.