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New York Song Stylist Karrin Allyson in Honolulu Concerts August 15 & 16

New York Song Stylist Karrin Allyson in Honolulu Concerts August 15 & 16

Jazz vocal sensation Karrin Allyson returns to HPR’s Atherton Studio on August 15th and 16th for two intimate concerts she calls Ballads, Blues, and Beyond. The New York-based jazz singer and pianist is a long-time friend of the public radio station, which promoted her early in her career and where she staged her first Honolulu concert. Since then, she has headlined at some of the most prestigious jazz festivals and clubs in the country, and performed internationally in Brazil, Canada, Japan, Paris, and London. She is currently touring North America and Europe with a multi-generational, all-star band selected to celebrate the rich heritage of the world-renowned Newport Jazz Festival® on its 60th anniversary. For her return to the Atherton, she will be accompanied by her frequent guitarist Rod Fleeman and local bassist Bruce Hamada in a program of bossa nova tunes, ballads, pop classics, jazz standards, as well as a few new originals composed by Allyson herself.

Lasting Impacts of World War I Discussed at Hawaii State Library on July 26

Lasting Impacts of World War I Discussed at Hawaii State Library on July 26

“The Great War, 100 Years Ago: Lasting Impacts,” a free program, will be presented at the Hawaii State Library on Saturday, July 26 at 2 p.m. in the First Floor Reading Room.

Kieko Matteson, Environmental Historian and Assistant Professor of History at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, will discuss World War I’s brutal unfolding on the European continent, long-lasting environmental consequences and its artistic and cultural legacy.  Matteson will present lesser-known elements of the war’s impact, exploring World War I’s role in the development of modern chemistry, poetry, plastic surgery and other subjects, as well as the experience of the war in Hawaii. This one-hour program is recommended for young adults and adults. 

Contact the Library as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.  The program is subject to change.

Hawai'i Kai Towne Center's Summer Concert Series Continues With Na Leo Pilimehana, July 19

Hawai'i Kai Towne Center's Summer Concert Series Continues With Na Leo Pilimehana, July 19

Family and friends are invited to kick back and relax by the water to the sounds of live Hawaiian music at Hawai‘i Kai Towne Center's 10th Annual summer concert series, "Sunset Serenade." This month’s concert features Na Hoku Hanohano award-winning trio Na Leo Pilimehana as the second act in the three-part summer concert series sponsored by SushiMan. The music starts at Waterfront Stage on Saturday, July 19 at 5:30 p.m.

2014 Aloha Festivals Celebrates Hōkūle‘a’s Worldwide Voyage

HONOLULU – The 2014 Aloha Festivals theme, “Maluhia Honua – World Peace With Aloha,” celebrates the worldwide voyage of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Hōkūle‘a and its mission to promote world peace. Aloha Festivals, one of Hawai‘i’s most highly regarded and oldest cultural celebrations is now in its 68th year. This year, the festival takes place from September 6 to 27 at various locations on O‘ahu, sharing the history and traditions of Hawai‘i and the unique spirit of aloha with both kamaʻāina (local residents) and malihini (visitors).

“This year, we honor the round-the-world voyage of the Hōkūle‘a, which encourages people to spread awareness of world peace,” said Helene “Sam” Shenkus, co-chair of the Aloha Festivals’ board of directors. “We invite the community to take part in Aloha Festivals’ celebration of Hawai‘i’s cultural heritage, aloha and Island traditions.”

Danny Carvalho Showcases New Directions in Return to HPR’s Atherton July 19

Danny Carvalho Showcases New Directions in Return to HPR’s Atherton July 19

Danny Carvalho returns to Hawaii Public Radio’s intimate Atherton Performing Arts Studio on Saturday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. The concert showcases new directions in music for the 23-year-old slack key artist, featuring his vocals on many pieces, as well as celebrating the diversity of his creative influences. Accompanying Carvalho are Wil Tafolo on bass and Von Baron on drums. Reservations for this and other performances in the 2014 Atherton Summer Season may be made online at www.hprtickets.org or by calling the station (955-8821) during regular business hours. Tickets are $30 general, $25 for HPR members, and $15 for students with ID. The Atherton Studio is located at Hawaii Public Radio, 738 Kaheka Street. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; the music begins at 7:30.

HSPLS Adds 11 Foreign Languages to Electronic Database on July 1

HSPLS Adds 11 Foreign Languages to Electronic Database on July 1

The Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) will add 11 foreign languages to its Mango Languages electronic database on Tuesday, July 1.  Mango Languages, an online language-learning software system, debuted its Hawaiian language resource for library patrons on our HSPLS website in December 2013, and since then HSPLS patrons have been able to learn the Hawaiian language anytime, anywhere, free via the Mango Languages resource. 

The additional languages, all free, are: Cantonese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Hindi, Indonesian, Thai, Portuguese (Brazilian), Swahili, Greek (modern), Hebrew (modern), and Arabic (modern standard).

The Mango Languages system offers a unique learning environment that allows patrons to take lessons at their own pace.  Memory-building exercises are embedded into each unit to ensure that patrons retain what they learn.

Diamond Head Theatre Announces 100th Anniversary Season

HONOLULU – Diamond Head Theatre (DHT) is pleased to announce the 100th Anniversary season.  Curtains will open on Sept. 26 with the DHT debut of Mary Poppins. The six-show season will run through August 2015.

“We are excited to kick off our 100th Anniversary season with Mary Poppins, the first time the much-loved musical will be performed on our stage,” said John Rampage, DHT artistic director. “We want to thank our community, friends and families for the tremendous support we’ve gotten. We look forward to celebrating this momentous year with a lineup of iconic shows that will have something for everyone.