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Grazie di cuore!

    • 8 Sep 2020
    • 4:30 PM (HAST)
    • 27 Oct 2020
    • 9:00 PM (HAST)
    • Online, Zoom
    Register


    INSTRUCTOR:
    Chiara Logli is originally from Bologna (Italy) and holds a Ph.D. in international/cross-cultural education from the University of Hawaii and the East-West Center. Currently, she is the Institutional Assessment Specialist for the Honolulu Community College. In the past, she worked for various educational institutions, including the University of California, USAID, and the East-West Center. She also taught Italian language for the Dante Alighieri Society and the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco. She has studied five languages and worked in three continents. In her free time, she dances hula with Halau Kaulakahi, loves the ocean, and volunteers with Hoa ‘Aina o Makaha.

    LEVELS:

    • Beginner Level 1. For students who have no or minimal grasp of the Italian language—we’ll cover up to chapter 3 of the book Prego (half chapter per week).
    • Intermediate Level 2. For students who have mastered all grammar and vocabulary of Level 1—we’ll cover chapters 4-9 of the book Prego (a chapter per week).
    • Advanced Level 3. For students who have mastered all grammar and vocabulary of Level 2—we’ll cover from chapter 10 to the end of the book Prego (a chapter per week), but focus mainly on conversation in class.

    BOOK:
    "Prego!" 6th Edition, available online for $5 and up (used). Other editions are fine to use as well, but you may have a hard time finding correspondent pages.

    ZOOM:
    Please setup your Zoom and familiarize with its features. You can review its short video tutorials (e.g., join a meeting, configuring audio/video, meeting controls, sharing screen, breakout rooms, more topics) or full training (e.g., Zoom for education).

    LEARNING APPROACH:
    Students review assigned grammar and exercises at home ahead of time, so class time is used to clarify questions, do a couple of exercises, and especially read and speak together.

    REGISTRATION:

    • Members: Login in order to receive discounted pricing (directions for Logging In).
    • Your guests (must also be members): If you want to register other members (including your Family Membership's spouse/children), you need to register each of them separately, under their own name and UNIQUE email (Note: Update your Family Membership account accordingly, if family names/emails are missing--Directions for Bundle Administrator Guide).

    NOTE:
    The Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii is not responsible for any liability, cost, and damages which could arise from the programs; and does not provide any refunds, except if it cannot deliver the program, for instance in the case of insufficient enrollment.

    QUESTIONS:
    Please contact info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

    • 24 Sep 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (HAST)
    • Da Shop


    Margherita Balbo Parrent was President of the Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii from 2004 through 2010. With a passion for many things Italian, she founded Cinema Italiano in Hawaii under the Friends of Italy umbrella and with the support of many, many inspired volunteers and special loyal sponsors. Today Ms. Balbo Parrent is the Executive Director of the 501c3 non-profit Cinema Italiano in Hawaii, a community partner of the Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii.

    Why have an Italian film festival in Hawaii? The festival came about due to the yearning to enhance the cultural link between Hawaii and Italy. For eight years the festival successfully drew an audience who for fours days laughed and cried together as we watched the best of contemporary Italian film to arrive in Hawaii. The festival’s specialty is to focus on securing Italian tragic comedic films for its audience whenever possible. The upcoming discussion will focus on this genre of films, review the festival’s film archive and share with you what makes these films so special. Cinema Italiano in Hawaii is looking to host another festival in 2021!

    Location: Da Shop, Honolulu. If social gatherings will not be allowed, the program will take place via Zoom.

    Complimentary Italian wine and pupu. Bring some treats to share, if you'd like. 

    Members: Login in order to receive discounted pricing (directions for Logging In).

    Your guests: Will automatically be assigned the non-member fee. If you want to register other members (including your Family Membership's spouse/children), you need to register each of them separately, under their own name and UNIQUE email (Note: Update your Family Membership account accordingly, if family names/emails are missing--Directions for Bundle Administrator Guide).

    Note: All participants are expected to comply to the latest guidance for group gatherings. The Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii is not responsible for any liability, cost, and damages which could arise from the programs; and does not provide any refunds, except if it cannot deliver the program, for instance in the case of insufficient enrollment.

    Questions: Please contact info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

    • 24 Oct 2020
    • 9:30 AM (HAST)
    • 14 Nov 2020
    • 11:30 AM (HAST)
    • 20


    SERIES: Singing songs, playing games, and creating projects will make learning Italian fun!

    LOCATION: Kailua District Park (there is shade and a covered section in case of rain).

    YOUR INSTRUCTOR:
    Originally from Napoli (Italy), Iole Marinelli is a Substitute Teacher in K-12 grades with the Hawaii Department of Education (Windward District). She teaches Italian language at Waimanalo Elementary and Intermediate School. She also taught Italian at Saint Anthony School of Kailua. She holds a MA in Foreign Languages and Literatures and a Teaching Certification in English for secondary education from Italy. She speaks five languages and is the Italian Representative on the Executive Board of the Hawaii Association of Language Teachers. In a former career, Iole was a Contract Specialist with the US Naval Base Headquarter in Napoli for 14 years, where she was responsible for the contract negotiations in Europe and South West Asia. She likes to cook, to travel, and to watch movies with her son Gabriele and husband Erik.

    MEMBERS: Login in order to receive discounted pricing (directions for Logging In).

    YOUR GUESTS: Will automatically be assigned the non-member fee. If you want to register other members (including your Family Membership's spouse/children), you need to register each of them separately, under their own name and UNIQUE email (Note: Update your Family Membership account accordingly, if family names/emails are missing--Directions for Bundle Administrator Guide).

    Note: All participants are expected to comply to the latest guidance for group gatherings. The Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii is not responsible for any liability, cost, and damages which could arise from the programs; and does not provide any refunds, except if it cannot deliver the program, for instance in the case of insufficient enrollment.

    QUESTIONS: Please contact info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

    • 29 Oct 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (HAST)
    • Da Shop


    Ancient explorers navigated the oceans, like astronauts are now navigating into space. Astronauts are the modern explorers enlarging our horizons. Is it possible to live on the Moon or Mars? How will a moon village look like? What are the steps for the next human space exploration? Since 2011 the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) detector has been operating on board of the International Space Station and providing valuable data to NASA. AMS may be the key for future human explorations to the Moon and Mars.

    Dr. Veronica Bindi is an Associate Professor in Physics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her academic interests include the study of Dark Matter, Cosmic Rays, Space weather, and Space Radiation. Dr. Bindi has been part of the CERN team in Switzerland, which led to the construction of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS). With her team, she is currently analyzing the AMS data in order to solve major challenges for human exploration to the Moon and Mars. In 2013, she was featured in the Women Inspiring Europe by the European Institute for Gender Equality. She has just returned to Hawaii, after a year at the NASA Science Mission Directorate.

    Location: Da Shop, Honolulu. If social gatherings will not be allowed, the program will take place via Zoom.

    Complimentary Italian wine and pupu. Bring some treats to share, if you'd like. 

    Members: Login in order to receive discounted pricing (directions for Logging In).

    Your guests: Will automatically be assigned the non-member fee. If you want to register other members (including your Family Membership's spouse/children), you need to register each of them separately, under their own name and UNIQUE email (Note: Update your Family Membership account accordingly, if family names/emails are missing--Directions for Bundle Administrator Guide).

    Note: All participants are expected to comply to the latest guidance for group gatherings. The Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii is not responsible for any liability, cost, and damages which could arise from the programs; and does not provide any refunds, except if it cannot deliver the program, for instance in the case of insufficient enrollment.

    Questions: Please contact info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

    • 8 Nov 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (HAST)
    • Club 100 (100th Battalion Clubhouse), 520 Kamoku Street, Honolulu, HI 96826
    Register


    The 100th Battalion and 442nd Regiment known for their motto, “Go For Broke,” served most of their time in Italy and were part of the US 5th Army that liberated Rome. The presentation will retrace their movements through Italy--starting from their landing in Salerno through the historic battles of Monte Cassino and Anzio. Guest speakers include:

    Janice Sakoda: Writer of the memoirs of her father who served in the 100th Battalion and was wounded in Italy. Read her travel story published by the Hawaii Herald on retracing the 100th Battalion in Italy.

    Isami Yoshihara: Veteran, club historian, and the historical resource for the 100th Battalion. His encyclopedic knowledge of the History of the 100th Battalion allows him to be the resource person and guide for visitors to the hall.

    Michael Malaghan: Author of "A Question of Loyalty," including the last few chapters about the 100th.

    Bring: Free, please share a potluck dish.

    Parking: Ala Wai Elementary School

    Note: All participants are expected to comply to the latest guidance for group gatherings. The Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii is not responsible for any liability, cost, and damages which could arise from the programs; and does not provide any refunds, except if it cannot deliver the program, for instance in the case of insufficient enrollment.

    Questions: Please contact info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

    • 19 Nov 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (HAST)
    • Da Shop


    For those who like the Opera this is a unique occasion in which we will talk about the various aspects in the world of Italian Opera. We will explore Opera stories: anecdotes, myths, and famous singers and primedonne which influenced the last 3 centuries of Italian history. Those stories tell us why Italian Opera is an ideal candidate for UNESCO recognition. In Italy there are hundreds of structures that were born to create the Opera. Outside Italy it is common to find ourselves in Opera Houses that had been built by Italian architects or that run their productive system in a sort of projection of the knowledge and style of the multiple professions of the Italian Opera Houses . The Italian language and Italian culture wouldn’t be the same if we didn’t have this important phenomenon. The Opera was born in Italy: Monteverdi was the first who combined voice and theater and therefore it is important to protect and export the activities of Italian Opera Houses all over the world because the Opera is truly Italian, not only for the language but also for the great composers who have gone through an era of more than two hundred years. In Hawaii Italian Operas are constantly represented by the local performing arts and educational institutions.

    Dr. Carlo Andrea Malanima was born and raised in Italy, he has been working in the Opera world for over 30 years. As a musician he has been member of the orchestras of some of the most important Opera Houses of Italy and Europe. He has also been a General Manager and Artistic director of important Italian Opera Festivals as well an Opera Conductor. In 2011 has collaborated with the VII Culture Committee of Camera dei Deputati of the Italian Parliament and the former Ministry of the Culture H. Massimo Bray to the stesure of new decrees and forms of economical improvement and organization of the Italian Opera Houses. Dr Malanima studied at the Italian Conservatory Viola Performance and The Julliard School of New York as a Fulbright scholarship recipient. He also studied Political Science at University of Pisa. In 2014 he moved to Hawaii following his wife Susan McGinn who is currently the principal flutist of the Hawaii Symphony, they have set their house in Manoa. Both Dr. Malanima and his wife manage very well know music teaching studios where they tries to inspire young musicians and plays enthusiastically with Hawaii Symphony Orchestra.

    Location: Da Shop, Honolulu. If social gatherings will not be allowed, the program will take place via Zoom.Complimentary Italian wine and pupu. Bring some treats to share, if you'd like. 

    Members: Login in order to receive discounted pricing (directions for Logging In).

    Your guests: Will automatically be assigned the non-member fee. If you want to register other members (including your Family Membership's spouse/children), you need to register each of them separately, under their own name and UNIQUE email (Note: Update your Family Membership account accordingly, if family names/emails are missing--Directions for Bundle Administrator Guide).

    Note: The Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii is not responsible for any liability, cost, and damages which could arise from the programs below; and does not provide any refunds, except if it cannot deliver the program, for instance in the case of insufficient enrollment.

    Questions: Please contact info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

    • 5 Jan 2021
    • 4:30 PM (HAST)
    • 23 Feb 2021
    • 9:00 PM (HAST)
    • 2500 Pali Highway, Honolulu, HI 96817
    Register


    INSTRUCTOR:
    Chiara Logli is originally from Bologna (Italy) and holds a Ph.D. in international/cross-cultural education from the University of Hawaii and the East-West Center. Currently, she is the Institutional Assessment Specialist for the Honolulu Community College. In the past, she worked for various educational institutions, including the University of California, USAID, and the East-West Center. She also taught Italian language for the Dante Alighieri Society and the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco. She has studied five languages and worked in three continents. In her free time, she dances hula with Halau Kaulakahi, loves the ocean, and volunteers with Hoa ‘Aina o Makaha.

    LEVELS:

    • Beginner Level 1. For students who have no or minimal grasp of the Italian language—we’ll cover up to chapter 3 of the book Prego (half chapter per week).
    • Intermediate Level 2. For students who have mastered all grammar and vocabulary of Level 1—we’ll cover chapters 4-9 of the book Prego (a chapter per week).
    • Advanced Level 3. For students who have mastered all grammar and vocabulary of Level 2—we’ll cover from chapter 10 to the end of the book Prego (a chapter per week), focusing mainly on conversation.

    BOOK:
    "Prego!" 6th Edition, available online for $5 and up (used). Other editions are fine to use as well, but you may have a hard time finding correspondent pages.

    LEARNING APPROACH:
    Students review assigned grammar and exercises at home ahead of time, so class time is used to clarify questions, do a couple of exercises, and especially read and speak together.

    LOCATION:

    • First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, a beautiful historic home, with a lot of outdoor and indoor space.
    • All participants are expected to comply to the latest guidance for group gatherings.
    • If social gatherings will not be allowed, the class will take place via Zoom.

    PARKING:
    Free parking onsite

    REGISTRATION:

    • Members: Login in order to receive discounted pricing (directions for Logging In).
    • Your guests (must also be members): If you want to register other members (including your Family Membership's spouse/children), you need to register each of them separately, under their own name and UNIQUE email (Note: Update your Family Membership account accordingly, if family names/emails are missing--Directions for Bundle Administrator Guide).

    NOTE:
    The Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii is not responsible for any liability, cost, and damages which could arise from the programs; and does not provide any refunds, except if it cannot deliver the program, for instance in the case of insufficient enrollment.

    QUESTIONS:
    Please contact info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

    • 9 Mar 2021
    • 5:00 PM (HAST)
    • 27 Apr 2021
    • 8:00 PM (HAST)
    • 2500 Pali Highway, Honolulu, HI 96817
    Register


    INSTRUCTOR:
    Daniela Rocco Minerbi pursued classic studies at the Liceo Classico Berchet, earned a Fifth Year Piano Diploma at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi, and obtained her Doctoral Degree in Architecture at the Polytechnical University in Milano. She taught Italian language and culture at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa (UHM) and Kapiolani Community College outreach programs. At UHM, she also taught Painting in Italian and co-taught in Psychology, Architecture, and Peace studies. Daniela has organized peace seminars and is the co-author of the book “Macrohistory and Macrohistorians: Perspectives on Individual, Social, and Civilizational Change” (Galtung et al., 1997). As an artist, she has won prizes and awards, has had art exhibitions, and has been curator of several art shows in both Italy and Hawaii. She loves to perform piano four hands and two pianos. Daniela provides consulting services in Architectural Design.

    LEVELS:

    • Beginner Level: For students who have no or minimal grasp of the Italian language—we’ll cover up to chapter 3 of the book Prego (half a chapter per week).
    • Intermediate Level: For students who have mastered all grammar and vocabulary of Level 1—we’ll cover chapters 4-9 of the book Prego (a chapter per week).

    BOOK: 
    "Prego!" 6th Edition, available online for $5 and up (used). Other editions are fine to use as well, but you may have a hard time finding correspondent pages.

    LEARNING APPROACH: 
    Students review assigned grammar and exercises at home ahead of time, so class time is used to clarify questions, do a couple of exercises, and especially read and speak together.

    LOCATION:

    • First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, a beautiful historic home, with a lot of outdoor and indoor space.
    • All participants are expected to comply to the latest guidance for group gatherings.
    • If social gatherings will not be allowed, the class will take place via Zoom.

    PARKING:
    Free parking onsite

    REGISTRATION:

    • Members: Login in order to receive discounted pricing (directions for Logging In).
    • Your guests (must also be members): If you want to register other members (including your Family Membership's spouse/children), you need to register each of them separately, under their own name and UNIQUE email (Note: Update your Family Membership account accordingly, if family names/emails are missing--Directions for Bundle Administrator Guide).

    NOTE:
    The Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii is not responsible for any liability, cost, and damages which could arise from the programs; and does not provide any refunds, except if it cannot deliver the program, for instance in the case of insufficient enrollment.

    QUESTIONS:
    Please contact info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

    • 19 Jun 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM (HAST)
    • La Pietra (Honolulu)

    Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii is turning 30! Let’s celebrate together three decades of Italian love in Hawaii! There will be Italian food, music, singing, dancing, bocce, cooking demonstrations, art activities, traveling and language tips, special merchandise, and so much more!

    Menu: Authentic pizza, pasta, gnocchi, caprese salad, platters of cured meat/cheeses/breads, veggie/sausage BBQ, gelato. 

    Ticket includes: Everything, except wine ($5 per glass of wine, Italian treats for sale, silent auction).

    Dress code: Cocktail attire with Venetian mask or costumes from Commedia dell'Arte, Renaissance, Baroque, or your favorite Italian era. Diamond Head Theatre has a wonderful collection of costume rentals.

    Parking: Valet will be available for the first 100 cars. Please consider carpooling or Uber/Lift.

    Members: Login in order to receive discounted pricing (directions for Logging In).

    Your guests: Will automatically be assigned the non-member fee. If you want to register other members (including your Family Membership's spouse/children), you need to register each of them separately, under their own name and UNIQUE email (Note: Update your Family Membership account accordingly, if family names/emails are missing--Directions for Bundle Administrator Guide).

    Note: All participants are expected to comply to the latest guidance for group gatherings. The Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii is not responsible for any liability, cost, and damages which could arise from the programs; and does not provide any refunds, except if it cannot deliver the program, for instance in the case of insufficient enrollment.

    Questions: Please contact info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.


    Non vediamo l'ora! We cannot wait!

Past events

1 Aug 2020 Aperitivo (SOLD OUT)
11 Jul 2020 Chef Testa's Gourmet Mediterranean Dining Experience
27 Jun 2020 Cooking class: Pizza
7 Mar 2020 Cooking class: Pasta cuts
27 Feb 2020 Lecture: Are there mermaids in Hawaiʻi and Sicily?
22 Feb 2020 Carnevale! With bocce and potluck
30 Jan 2020 Dance class: Tarantella
25 Jan 2020 Lecture and tour: Dante's Divina Commedia
7 Jan 2020 Language Class: Adults
14 Dec 2019 Cena di Natale: Appetito (by Chef Hiro, Executive Chef of Taormina Sicilian Cuisine)
7 Dec 2019 Cooking class: Canederli (meat balls)
9 Nov 2019 Cooking class: Tiramisu'
9 Nov 2019 Language class: Children
9 Nov 2019 Art class: Painting in Italian
24 Oct 2019 Lecture: Marine explorations
19 Oct 2019 Bocce and potluck
5 Oct 2019 Cooking class: Risotto
28 Sep 2019 Lecture and tour: Firenze and its dome
10 Sep 2019 Language Class: Adults
7 Sep 2019 Cooking class: Limoncello
29 Aug 2019 Lecture: Learn from rocks how to defeat cancer
3 Aug 2019 Cooking class: Lasagne
17 Jul 2019 Party: Maserati Yacht--Benvenuti!
6 Jul 2019 Cooking class: Ravioli
8 Jun 2019 Cooking class: Ravioli
30 May 2019 Lecture: Cinematic connections
20 May 2019 Annual meeting and dinner: Outrigger Canoe Club
1 May 2019 Film and panel: Leonardo 500
20 Apr 2019 Community service: Hoa ʻĀina O Mākaha with Gigi
20 Apr 2019 Language class: Children
11 Apr 2019 Wine tasting: Flavors of Italy and Mediterraneo
6 Apr 2019 Cooking class: Biscotti
2 Apr 2019 Language class: Adults
28 Mar 2019 Lecture: Climate change--Hurricanes in the Mediterranean and Pacific
9 Mar 2019 Community service: Hoa ʻĀina O Mākaha with Gigi
23 Feb 2019 Cooking class: Gnocchi
31 Jan 2019 Lecture: Land that connects hearts
26 Jan 2019 Cooking class: Pizza
22 Jan 2019 Language class: Adults
14 Dec 2018 Cena di Natale: Vintage Cave Cafe'
23 Oct 2018 Language class: Adults
8 Sep 2018 Picnic: Kapiolani Park
18 Jul 2018 Lecture: Tarantella
15 Jun 2018 Film: Arrangiarsi: Pizza...and the art of living
16 May 2018 Annual meeting and dinner: Outrigger Canoe Club
24 Apr 2018 Dinner: Fête
17 Apr 2018 Italian class: Adults
4 Mar 2018 Brunch: Outrigger Canoe Club
11 Feb 2018 Concert: Hawaiian Aroma Caffe
10 Dec 2017 Cena di Natale: Cafe Julia
1 Dec 2017 Dinner: Brick Fire Tavern
18 Aug 2017 Wine tasting: Hawaii Loa Ridge
6 Aug 2017 Italian class: Adults
23 Jul 2017 Brunch: Outrigger Canoe Club
22 May 2017 Annual meeting and dinner: Outrigger Canoe Club
27 Apr 2017 Film: Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea)
19 Apr 2017 Film: La Pazza Gioia (Like Crazy)
14 Apr 2017 Film: Maurizio Cattelan--Be Right Back
6 Apr 2017 Concert and dinner: Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, Oahu Choral Society, Cafe Sistina
1 Apr 2017 Concert: Hawaii Symphony Orchestra
31 Mar 2017 Lunch: Sabrina's with JoAnn Falletta
18 Mar 2017 Concert and dinner: Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and Brick Fire Tavern
24 Feb 2017 Dinner: Baci Bistro
9 Feb 2017 Lecture: Italian Fencing
18 Dec 2016 Cena di Natale: Cafe Julia
14 Nov 2016 Cooking class: Pasta

Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii is a 501(c)7 non-profit organization | P.O. Box 1376, Honolulu, HI 96807 | info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org

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