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Upcoming events

    • 28 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Da Shop

    Hurricanes are one of the most incredible atmospheric phenomena known to humankind. Sources of inspiration for many great adventure stories, hurricanes are often associated to devastation and havoc. In this talk, we will understand what causes them, the risks for Hawaii as well as Italy, and how they will respond to climate change.

    Dr. Giuseppe Torri was born in a small village in the Italian countryside near Brescia. Growing up cuddled by the thickest fogs and with spectacular congestus clouds being blown in the sky like white balloons by the Alps nearby, his curiosity for atmospheric phenomena started from a very early age. He studied Physics at the University of Milan and specialized in Theoretical Physics during his doctorate at Imperial College in London. He worked as an Assistant Researcher at the Harvard University Center for the Environment, focusing on tropical clouds and thunderstorms. He's currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

    Complimentary wine by Flavors of Italy and "stuzzichini" by Little Italy Hawaii for your "aperitivo." Bring pupus to share if you'd like.

    • 2 Apr 2019
    • 4:30 PM
    • 21 May 2019
    • 7:30 PM
    • 465 Coral Street, Honolulu (upstairs)

    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 2-May 21, 2019 (8 weeks)

    Beginner Level 1: 4:30-6:00pm
    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: 6:00-7:30pmFor 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).


    • $160 for members (please join our membership first at )
    • By March 31, 2019 register online.
    • 15 students maximum per class.
    • No refunds, except if FOISOH cannot deliver this class, for instance in the case of insufficient enrollment.
    "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. 

    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.

    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.

    • 6 Apr 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Private Residence (Ala Moana)
    • 7

    Join Chef Ivo Rossi for a special class on biscotti, featuring ancient grains, honey, nuts, and chocolate.

    The class will end around 8pm and will be followed by a spaghettata together until 9:30pm.

    Please bring wine to share.

    The location is a beautiful lounge by the pool in a condominium next to Ala Moana, with easy parking. Registered attendees will receive an email with address.

    For questions, please email

    • 20 Apr 2019
    • 9:30 AM
    • 11 May 2019
    • 11:30 AM
    • 465 Coral Street, Honolulu (upstairs)

    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.

    Every Saturday, April 20-May 11 (4 weeks)

    3-6 years old level A: 9:30-10:30am
    Singing songs, playing, and creating projects will make learning Italian fun!

    7-10 years old level B: 10:30-11:30am
    Interactive activities and games will provide students with the basics to communicate in Italian.


    • $80 members/$100 non-members
    • Register online by April 13, 2019
    • 10 students maximum per class.
    • No refunds, except if FOISOH cannot deliver this class, for instance in the case of insufficient enrollment.

    465 Coral Street, Honolulu (upstairs). Some free perpendicular parking spots by the entrance plus meter street parking.

    For questions, please contact

Past events

9 Mar 2019 Field trip with Gigi Cocquio at Hoa ʻĀina O Mākaha
23 Feb 2019 Gnocchi Making Class
31 Jan 2019 Lecture: Land that Connects Hearts
26 Jan 2019 Pizza Making Class
22 Jan 2019 Italian Language Classes for Adults: Winter 2019
14 Dec 2018 2018 Festa di Natale
23 Oct 2018 Italian Language Courses: Fall Session 2018
6 Oct 2018 Festa Italiana 2018
8 Sep 2018 Picnic al Parco
18 Jul 2018 Talk Story on Tarantella with Dr. Incoronata Inserra
15 Jun 2018 "Arrangiarsi: pizza...and the art of living" Movie Premiere
16 May 2018 Annual Meeting Dinner
24 Apr 2018 "Cena in Biblioteca" Presented by Fête
17 Apr 2018 Italian Language Course
4 Mar 2018 FOISOH Brunch
11 Feb 2018 Sunset Jazz Sessions @ Hawaiian Aroma Caffe
10 Dec 2017 2017 Festa di Natale
1 Dec 2017 Pizza & Vino
7 Oct 2017 Festa Italiana Hawaii
18 Aug 2017 Blind Wine-Tasting
6 Aug 2017 Beginners' Italian Classes
23 Jul 2017 FOISOH Brunch @ Outrigger Canoe Club
22 May 2017 Annual Meeting Dinner
27 Apr 2017 Honolulu Museum of Art Presents "Fire at Sea"(Fuocoammare)
19 Apr 2017 Honolulu Museum of Art Presents "Like Crazy" (La Pazza Gioia) Italian Film
14 Apr 2017 Honolulu Museum of Art Presents "Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back"
6 Apr 2017 Hawaii Symphony's "Verdi Requiem" with Oahu Choral Society + Dinner at Cafe Sistina
1 Apr 2017 Hawaii Symphony Orchestra Concert "Masterworks 10: Ocean Dreams" featuring Maestro Falletta
31 Mar 2017 Lunch at Sabrina's with renowned Maestro JoAnn Falletta
18 Mar 2017 Cirque de la Symphonie by Hawaii Symphony Orchestra + Dinner
24 Feb 2017 Dinner at Baci Bistro
9 Feb 2017 Talk Story with Pauline Chakmakjian on Italian Fencing
18 Dec 2016 Christmas Party 2016
14 Nov 2016 Pasta Making Demonstration & Dinner

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