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Upcoming events

    • 7 Jan 2020
    • 4:30 PM
    • 25 Feb 2020
    • 9:00 PM
    • 490 Coral Street, Honolulu


    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    NO REFUNDS:
    Except if FOISOH cannot deliver this class, for instance in the case of insufficient enrollment.

    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:
    490 Coral Street, Honolulu. Attention: The classroom is on the WEST side of Coral street--enter through the GLASS DOOR and go UPSTAIRS. Some free perpendicular parking spots by entrance, plus meter street parking or Salt Parking Garage (get validation in one of the cafes: https://saltatkakaako.com/about/parking/).

    INFORMATION:
    For questions, please contact info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

    • 30 Jan 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Hawaii Loa Ridge, Clubhouse, Honolulu
    Register


    Join the award winning Alessandra Belloni for a workshop on Tammurriata and Tarantella from Naples as well as the Pizzica Tarantata from Puglia, which originated as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.

    LOCATION: Honolulu. Address will be sent upon payment.

    PAYMENT:

    • $20/person
    • To be received by January 15 by Alessandra DIRECTLY (please do not send money to Friends of Italy about this event, grazie!)
    • Via VENMO: Alessandra-Belloni

    • Via check: Alessandra Belloni, 1111 River Road apt g33, Edgewater NJ, 07020

    • No refunds, except if Alessandra cannot deliver this class, for instance in the case of insufficient enrollment.
    • Or just bring your payment to class :-)

    BRING: White clothes (long skirt for women), red scarves, dance shoes or barefoot, tambourines if possible. Or just come as you are!

    INSTRUCTOR: Alessandra Belloni, https://www.alessandrabelloni.com/.


    • 22 Feb 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Kapiolani Park, Honolulu, HI
    Register


    Let's celebrate Carnevale together, "Martedi' Grasso" is around the corner! Bring healthy/delicious food, carnival tricks, masks, "stelle filanti'" and bocce sets. Or just YOU! 

    Free! But please RSVP so we can organize the games and space accordingly.

    Members only! Become a member so you can join too! You will receive discounted prices for our events, invites to member-only gatherings, and discounts through our community partners. Plus you'll make all our events possible and show your love for Italy-Hawaii :-) Join at http://www.friendsofitalyhawaii.org/become-a-member .

    • 7 Mar 2020
    • 9:30 AM
    • 21 Mar 2020
    • 11:30 AM
    • Honolulu
    • 24
    Register


    SERIES: Learn a little water color while also learning a little Italian! Or practice your Italian conversation while painting with friends! Each lesson will include Italian words, glossary, and mini conversation in Italian. No Italian or painting experience is needed.

    DATES: Every Saturday, March 7-21, 2020 (3 weeks)

    LOCATION: We' ll meet in a garden in Honolulu, with also a covered space in case of sun or rain. Locations will be announced via email to registered students.

    BRING:

    • 1 or 2 soft pencils
    • 1 soft eraser
    • Watercolor paper (a few sheets medium size, 8"x 12"; 11" x 14; 12" x 18" more or less)
    • Card board backing or clip board (to place you paper sheet on)
    • 6 clothespins (to hold the paper sheet onto the card board)
    • Kitchen paper roll
    • 3 watercolors brushes (small, medium, and large)
    • Empty glass jar ( 16 oz. size) to fill with water to rinse brushes
    • Watercolors set of your choice (the better quality ones contain more pigment and offer brighter colors)
    • Comfortable clothes and apron or easy wash clothes
    • Sun screen, water to drink, hat.

    YOUR INSTRUCTOR: 
    Dr. Daniela Rocco Minerbi pursued classic studies (Liceo Classico Berchet), earned a Fifth Year Piano Diploma (Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi), and obtained a Doctoral Degree in Architecture (Polytechnical University) in Milano, Italy. She taught Italian language and culture, painting in Italian, psychology, architecture, and peace studies at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and Kapiolani Community College. Dr. Minerbi 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, and had art exhibitions in both Italy and Hawaii.

    NO REFUNDS: Except if FOISOH cannot deliver this program, for instance in the case of insufficient enrollment.

    INFORMATION: 
    For questions, please contact info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

    • 7 Mar 2020
    • 9:30 AM
    • 21 Mar 2020
    • 11:30 AM
    • Honolulu
    • 20
    Register


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

    DATES: 
    Every Saturday, March 7-21, 2020 (3 weeks)

    LOCATION: Da Shop, 3565 Harding Avenue, Honolulu. Parking: Street, meter, lot across the street.

    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.

    NO REFUNDS: Except if FOISOH cannot deliver this program, for instance in the case of insufficient enrollment.

    INFORMATION: 
    For questions, please contact info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

    • 7 Mar 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Private Residence (Honolulu)
    • 6
    Register

    Join Chef Ivo Rossi for a making- (and eating-) class on different types of pasta cuts, such as Orecchiette, Farfalle, and Tagliatelle. He will also explain how to pair distinct sauces with distinct pasta cuts. For example, Orecchitte with pesto, Tagliatelle with Ragu', and Farfalle with veggies for a summer salad. 

    This class is a bit more expensive than our usual classes because it's very laborious. A smaller number of participants will allow each student to actually make pasta and chef Ivo to correct closely. 

    Please bring wine or pupu to share so we do not just have tiramisu' for dinner :-).

    Registered attendees will receive an email with the address.

    No refunds, except if FOISOH cannot deliver this program.

    Members: Please pay non-member fees for your guests who are not members.

    Non-members: Since we accept only a limited number of non-Members to our events (at an elevated admittance price), please consider joining our organization to receive discounts on all programs and invites to member-only events: http://www.friendsofitalyhawaii.org/become-a-member

    For questions, please email info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

    Grazie mille!

    • 5 Apr 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Doris Duke Theatre, 900 S Beretania st, Honolulu, Hawaii
    Register

    In celebration of the 500th Anniversary of Raffaello's passing, please join us for a FILM and PANEL CONVERSATION with Drs. Fabrizio Medosi and Nancy Miwa, who will engage in Q&As about Raffaello's contributions to the arts and humanity.

    Fabrizo Medosi, Architect
    Fabrizio was born last millennium in the belfry of Cremona, Italy. When he was 18 years old, he moved to Rome to pursue his studies in the black arts and at 21, disguised as a raven, flew to New York City to study Architecture at Columbia University, where he met a young sorceress from Hawaii. After marrying her, in 1983, with a little sorceress’ apprentice on her way, the three of them flew a broomstick to Honolulu where he has been bewitched ever since. Presently he is president of Pacific Atelier International practicing the black magic of Architecture. In 1990, Fabrizio was a founding member of the FOISH and years later (he can’t quite remember exactly when) one of its presidents when he survived being burned at the stake.

    Nancy Miwa, Docent
    After spending several years in the nonprofit arena, Dr. Miwa returned to graduate school to study the history, theology, iconography, and literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. She moved to Honolulu five years ago and immediately joined the Honolulu Museum of Art as a docent and instructs other docents on the museum’s small but important collection of medieval and Renaissance masterpieces. Her travels have taken her all over the world, but she particularly enjoys her visits “home” to Italy.

    Tickets: https://honolulumuseum.org. Discounted rate of $10 to Friends of Italy members to purchase tickets over the phone or in person at the box office (you just need to mention that you are member of the Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii).

    • 7 Apr 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • 26 May 2020
    • 8:00 PM
    • 490 Coral Street, Honolulu
    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.

    DATES: Every Tuesday, April 7-May 26, 2020 (8 weeks)

    Beginner Level 1: 5-6:30pm
    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 2: 6:30-8pmFor 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).

    PAYMENT:

    • $180 for members (please join our membership first at http://www.friendsofitalyhawaii.org/join-us )
    • By March 31, 2020 register online.
    • 15 students maximum per class.
    • No refunds, except if FOISOH cannot deliver this class, for instance in the case of insufficient enrollment.
    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:
    490 Coral Street, Honolulu. Attention: The classroom is on the WEST side of Coral street--enter through the GLASS DOOR and go UPSTAIRS. Some free perpendicular parking spots by entrance, plus meter street parking or Salt Parking Garage (get validation in one of the cafes: https://saltatkakaako.com/about/parking/). 

    LOCATION:
    465 Coral Street, Honolulu. Attention: Ewa side of Coral street, entrance is through double glass doors, up the stairs to your left. Some free perpendicular parking spots by entrance, meter street parking, or Salt Parking Garage.
    • 18 Apr 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Private Residence (Honolulu)
    • 14
    Register

    Join Chef Ivo Rossi for a making- (and eating-) class on four different types of pasta sauce: Ragu' (meat-based), Besciamella (milk-based), alla Norma (vegetarian from Sicilia), pesto (vegetarian from Liguria). He will also explain how to pair distinct sauces with distinct pasta cuts. 

    Please bring wine or pupu to share so we do not just have tiramisu' for dinner :-).

    Registered attendees will receive an email with the address.

    No refunds, except if FOISOH cannot deliver this program.

    Members: Please pay non-member fees for your guests who are not members.

    Non-members: Since we accept only a limited number of non-Members to our events (at an elevated admittance price), please consider joining our organization to receive discounts on all programs and invites to member-only events: http://www.friendsofitalyhawaii.org/become-a-member

    For questions, please email info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

    Grazie mille!

    • 1 May 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Tiki's Grill, second floor of Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, 2570 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu
    Register


    The Friends of Italy Society of Hawai'i is excited to invite you to our 2020 Annual Meeting and Dinner!

    Buffet--Especially designed for us by chef Ronnie Nasuti:

    • Antipasto of cured meats, olives, cheese
    • Seafood Cioppino Mussels, Clams, Island Fish
    • Creamy Polenta
    • Eggplant Parmesan
    • Chicken Piccata
    • Lilikoi Cheesecake

      No-host bar: A full bar of wines, cocktails, liqueurs, and coffee will be available for purchase.

      Valet parking: Free for 3 hours with validation stamp; then $4 for each additional ½ hour.

      Register: Tiki's Grill needs a count by April 10, so please register to help us.

      No refunds, except if FOISOH cannot deliver this program.

      Members: Please pay non-member fees for your guests who are not members.

      Non-members: Since we accept only a limited number of non-Members to our events (at an elevated admittance price), please consider joining our organization to receive discounts on all programs and invites to member-only events: http://www.friendsofitalyhawaii.org/become-a-member

      Executive Chef Ronnie Nasuti discovered his love for cooking through Italian cuisine, when he became a kitchen manager at a Classical Northern Italian restaurant at the age of 17. After culinary school, he moved to Oahu, where he worked as Executive Chef at Roy Yamaguchi’s Hawaii Kai and Chez Michel. At Tiki’s Grill he promotes the farm-to-table movement by building strong bonds with local farms and fisheries, bringing in island fresh produce and breads, as well as 175 pounds of local grass-fed beef and 450 pounds of locally caught or raised fish every week. Chef Ronnie is a frequent guest on “Hawaiian Grown TV.”

      We look forward to sharing our updates and vision for next year with you!

      • 9 May 2020
      • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Private Residence (Honolulu)
      • 31
      Register

      Join Chef Ivo Rossi for a making- (and eating-) pizza class, including dough and home-made tomato sauce, for Pizza Bianca, Margherita, Vegetariana, Prociutto e Rucola!

      Please bring wine or pupu to share so we do not just have tiramisu' for dinner :-).

      Registered attendees will receive an email with the address.

      No refunds, except if FOISOH cannot deliver this program.

      Members: Please pay non-member fees for your guests who are not members.

      Non-members: Since we accept only a limited number of non-Members to our events (at an elevated admittance price), please consider joining our organization to receive discounts on all programs and invites to member-only events: http://www.friendsofitalyhawaii.org/become-a-member

      For questions, please email info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

      Grazie mille!

      • 29 Aug 2020
      • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
      • Iolani Palace
      • 20
      Register

      Iolani Palace was the official royal residence of King Kalākaua, his wife Queen Kapiolani, and his sister and heir to the throne, Queen Liliuokalani, from 1882 to 1893. The Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii has partnered with Iolani Palace to offer a private guided tour that explores the connections between the Kingdom of Hawaii and Italy during the 1880s. Please join us as we learn about royal visits to Italy as well as objects in the Palace with an Italian association.

      Born and raised in Honolulu, Marybeth Fentriss is a member of the Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii and very much enjoys the cooking classes and enrichment opportunities sponsored by the Society. Marybeth has been a docent at Iolani Palace since 2015 and looks forward to sharing her knowledge with you.

      No refund.

      Members only: Only members are allowed to register for this event. If you have a family membership, please register each family member at the time, include his/her email

      Meet at Ticket Office.

      For questions, please contact info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

    Past events

    25 Jan 2020 Lecture and tour: Dante's Divina Commedia (MEMBERS ONLY) (4 spots available)
    14 Dec 2019 Cena di Natale: Appetito (by Chef Hiro, Executive Chef of Taormina Sicilian Cuisine) (SOLD OUT)
    7 Dec 2019 Cooking class: Canederli (meat balls)
    9 Nov 2019 Cooking class: Tiramisu'
    9 Nov 2019 Art class: Painting in Italian
    9 Nov 2019 Language class: Children
    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 | friendsofitalyhawaii@gmail.com

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