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Bank of Hawaii Presents 9th Annual Hawaii Book & Music Festival in May

Bank of Hawaii Presents 9th Annual Hawaii Book & Music Festival in May

On Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4, 2014, Bank of Hawaii Presents the Hawaii Book & Music Festival – the 9th edition of this annual celebration of story and song. The Festival takes place on the spacious Frank F. Fasi Civic Grounds at Honolulu Hale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with FREE admission and FREE parking in several nearby locations.

The two days will be packed with readings and presentations by local, national and internationally celebrated authors and illustrators; a robust offering of music and stage performances; stimulating panel discussions on a variety of topics; story-telling and poetry slams; as well as activities and entertainment for the kids. Attendees also will enjoy the popular Bank of Hawaii Book Swap, book-seller booths and a multi-ethnic food court.

Among the nationally published authors on the schedule are:

• Adam Johnson, whose novel The Orphan Master’s Son, earned the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Learn How to Be Money Smart at Hawaii State Library in April

Learn How to Be Money Smart at Hawaii State Library in April

The Hawaii State Library will offer free programs in observance of Money Smart Week @ your library (April 5-12), a public awareness campaign of the American Library Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances.  Programs include:

•             April 5 (Saturday), 2 p.m., First Floor Reading Room – “Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft.”  Karen Ho, a financial educator with one of Hawaii’s largest federal credit unions, will provide information about identity theft and how individuals can protect themselves.  This program is for ages 18 and older and will include a question-and-answer session.  For more information, call the Library’s Business, Science & Technology Section at 586-3481.

Celebrate National Library Week @ your Library in April

Celebrate National Library Week @ your Library in April

In celebration of National Library Week 2014 (April 13-19) and in alignment with the Board of Education and Department of Education’s emphasis on student achievement, Hawaii’s public libraries will offer a variety of free educational STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math)-related programs throughout the month of April.  Our National Library Week programs are suitable for ages 5 and older unless noted otherwise, and all children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

National Library Week is a national observance sponsored each April by the American Library Association and libraries nationwide. It is intended to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers. “Lives change @ your library” is the theme selected by ALA for National Library Week 2014.

Featured programs include:

Hawaii symphony orchestra features rare violin in Prokofiev and Strauss concert

 Hawaii symphony orchestra features rare violin in Prokofiev and Strauss concert

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (HSO) will feature guest violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and acclaimed Japanese conductor Junichi Hirokami this Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m., April 5 and 6, at the Neal Blaisdell Center. This highly anticipated Prokofiev and Strauss concert, the second of the Spring 2014 Halekulani Masterworks Series, has Meyers performing on her priceless 1741 “Vieuxtemps” Guarneri del Gesu.

A California native, Meyers is one of the world’s premier concert violinists. She is widely praised for her elegance and technical mastery of the instrument, showcasing her passion for classical music. Meyers is a top-selling recording artist with close to 30 albums to her credit, including her 2014 No. 1 classical bestseller, “The Four Seasons: The Vivaldi Album.”

Hawaii International Film festival 15th annual spring showcase presented by Halekulani April 4-10

HONOLULU – (March 28, 2014) - Hawai‘i International Film Festival (HIFF), presented by Halekulani, presents the 15th Annual Spring Showcase. Running from April 4 – 10, HIFF brings various world and international film premieres to Hawaii. Over 30 films will be screened at this year’s Spring Showcase at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 & IMAX, Hawaii Theatre Center and Doris Duke Theatre.

The 15th Annual Spring Showcase opens with the film, ON MY WAY, directed by Emmanuelle Bercot. Screening will be held on Friday, April 4, at 7 p.m. at Hawaii Theatre. Below is a synopsis of the film:

Family Story Time Series Kicks off at Hawaii State Library on April 5

Family Story Time Series Kicks off at Hawaii State Library on April 5

In observance of Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month, a special Family Story Time series will be offered at four Oahu public libraries in April 2014.  Child and Family Services, a private nonprofit organization, is sponsoring these annual free storytimes.        

A kick-off event featuring Special Guest Readers including Jessica Cheng, Miss Chinatown Hawaii 2014, will be conducted at the Hawaii State Library on Saturday, April 5 at 10:30 a.m. in the Edna Allyn Room for Children.  Keiki ages 3 and older, accompanied by a parent or caregiver, are invited to listen to a variety of age-appropriate stories at this event as well as at the other participating public libraries.