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State Librarian Receives Second Consecutive Exceptional Rating from BOE

State Librarian Receives Second Consecutive Exceptional Rating from BOE

State Librarian Richard Burns received an “Exceptional” rating from the Board of Education (BOE), the highest rating possible, during his annual job performance evaluation, and received commendations from then-Governor Neil Abercrombie and a resolution from the Board for his 30 years of dedicated service during the Board’s General Business Meeting November 18.  Burns, who is retiring at the end of December 2014, also received an Exceptional rating from the BOE on July 16, 2013.     

REHAB Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Therapeutic Art Program with Annual Art from the Heart Event

REHAB Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Therapeutic Art Program with Annual Art from the Heart Event

This highly anticipated event for Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific's Louis Vuitton Creative Arts Program is an art sale and exhibit that is open and free to the public.  This year’s annual "Art from the Heart" celebrates 20 years the therapeutic art program has been bringing out the creativity of many patients while aiding in their recovery.

Professional Hawaii artists will also be contributing work to the fundraiser.

Who:               Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific

When:            Thursday, December 4, 2014

                        5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

What:              Art from the Heart fundraiser and reception

Celebrate This Holiday Season @ your Public Library

Celebrate This Holiday Season @ your Public Library

The Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) will offer something for everyone during the 2014 Holiday Season – free programs and events statewide –  ranging from special Holiday-themed Storytimes and craft activities, Christmas Concerts, Performances and Movies, to visits with Santa Claus. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Contact the hosting library as soon as possible for more information or if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed. Programs and events are subject to change:

•             November 29 – “Christmas Movies,” at Waikiki-Kapahulu Public Library (ph. 733-8488): 1:30 p.m. – How the Grinch Stole Christmas, (1966 animated version featuring the voice of Boris Karloff); 2:30 p.m. – The Muppets Christmas Carol.  These movies are suitable for all ages.

Disney Conservation Grant Continues Support for Coral Reef Research

Disney Conservation Grant Continues Support for  Coral Reef Research

HONOLULU – The UH Mānoa Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology has been awarded a $24,650 grant from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) to support the Connecting Coral Reefs Worldwide project. This new award will build on the positive outcomes of their 2013 award.

The DWCF 2014-2015 award will allow researchers and students from the Palau International Coral Reef Center to travel to HIMB to learn new population genetics techniques that will improve the design of resilient Marine Protected Area (MPA) networks so that they are more effective in protecting coral reefs in Palau and throughout Micronesia.

Experience a Taste of Java at Hawaii State Library on Nov. 18

Experience a Taste of Java at Hawaii State Library on Nov. 18

 “Cup of Java,” a free program featuring classical dancers from Central Java, will be presented at the Hawaii State Library on Tuesday, November 18 at noon in the Lobby.   

See a unique performance by dancers from the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta, highlighting the grace and visual beauty of Javanese dance.  Movement and music will fill the “stage” as every gesture and cadence is masterfully executed with precise intention and energy.

The Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta is a state-owned college that teaches visual, performing, and media arts in traditional Indonesian and modern international styles.

Cup of Java is co-commissioned by the East-West Center and California Institute of the Arts, and supported by the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Los Angeles, with partial support from the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta.

First Insurance Company Of Hawaii Offers Free Keiki Car-Seat Safety Checks To The Public

HONOLULU – With the holidays right around the corner and as part of its commitment to keeping Hawaii’s keiki safe, First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) is continuing its free keiki car-seat safety inspections this Friday, Nov. 14, and next month on Friday, Dec. 12. The inspections are being offered to the public free of charge and are performed by certified car-seat technicians from FICOH’s Claims and Risk & Safety Management staff. 

What:

Free keiki car-seat safety checks

Upcoming dates:

Friday, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12, 2014. Appointments available between 10 a.m. and noon.

Where:

Hawaii's Public Libraries Will Observe Thanksgiving Day Holiday

Hawaii's Public Libraries Will Observe Thanksgiving Day Holiday

All public libraries will be closed on Thursday, November 27 in observance of the Thanksgiving Day 2014 Holiday.

Kealakekua Public Library (Big Island) will also be closed on Friday, November 28.

Visit the HSPLS website at www.librarieshawaii.org or call your local library for public service hours.