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Upcoming events

    • 14 Dec 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Appetito, 150 Kaʻiulani Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
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    The Friends of Italy Society of Hawai'i is excited to invite you to our annual Cena di Natale!

    Hiroyuki Mimura, executive chef at the sister restaurant Taormina, will serve a very special 4-course menu for us at Appetito, as it provides a larger dining hall than Taormina and we can have the whole restaurant for ourselves. Chef Hiro worked in fine dining in Florence and in 2004 placed 1st in the Entree Competition at La Rotta del Vino Slow Food Contest. Since 2010, he has served as the Executive Chef of Taormina Sicilian Cuisine, where he creates authentic Sicilian dishes and is always happy to talk with guests in Italian.

    Fish menu: 

    • Antipasto: Antipasto di mare. Kona abalone with anchovy butter crusted with bread crumbles.
    • Primo: Pasta al granchio. Fettuccine with white crab tomato cream sauce top with crab claw.
    • Secondo: Pesce alla siciliana. Today`s catch grilled with oregano vinaigrette, accompanied by kale salad and roasted tomato.
    • Dolce: Tiramisu’

    Meat menu:

    • Antipasto: Caprese alla pugliese. Burrata cheese, semi-dry tomato from Napoli, Prosciutto San Daniele.
    • Primo: Pasta ai porcini e tartufo. Rigatoni with porcini cream and truffle.
    • Secondo: Vitello di manzo alla Milanese con salsa di pomodoro e rucola. Veal cutlet with mozzarella cheese on tomato sauce with arugula.
    • Dolce: Tiramisu’.
    Vegetarian menu:
    • Antipasto: Caprese alla pugliese. Burrata cheese, semi-dry tomato from Napoli.
    • Primo: Pasta ai porcini e tartufo. Rigatoni with porcini cream and truffle.
    • Secondo: Funghi e pure’ al tartufo. Grilled Portobello mushroom with truffle mushed potato, accompanied by sautéed kale.
    • Dolce: Tiramisu’.

    Children menu:

    • Primo: Pasta al granchio (1/2 portion)
    • Secondo: Pesce alla siciliana (1/2 portion)
    • Dolce: Gelato

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

    Silent auction: Will feature Italian wines, specialty items from Italy, gift cards, and any items that our members would like to share--please email us at info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org to arrange your donation. Even something small is very much appreciated. Grazie!

    Live music: Pierre Grill, www.pierregrill.com

    Suggested attire: Festive cocktail attire in red, gold, or silver.

    Parking: Validated parking at Ohana East on Kuhio ($6 for four hours); always consider catching a Lift or Uber.

    Register: As early as you can to reserve your seats and help us organize--no later than November 30, 2019 or when sold out.

    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.

    We look forward to celebrating the holiday season with you!

    • 4 Jan 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Private Residence (Honolulu)
    • 27
    Register

    Join Chef Ivo Rossi for a making- (and eating-) class on panna cotta and torta di frutta, including base cake and cream.

    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!

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

    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.

    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.

    Conversation Level 4
    For students who have mastered all grammar and vocabulary 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.

    • 25 Jan 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu
    Register


    Join our members Drs. Reed Dasenbrock (Professor of English) and Nancy Miwa (docent) at the Honolulu Museum of Art for a talk and tour about Dante Alighieri's Divina Commedia. They will present reflections on our contemporary Dante and what a 700 year old epic has to teach us today.

    The program will start at 11am with Reed's talk and Q&As. Nancy will continue at 11:45am with a tour of selected artwork that relate to the Divina Commedia. At 12:30pm we'll sit down at the cafe' and enjoy lunch (optional and self paid), while discussing the presentation/tour further with Reed and Nancy. 

    RSVP: By January 20, please register here and also email us at info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org if you'd like to stay for lunch, so we can make the appropriate reservation.

    Cost: Guests on our RSVP list will pay entrance at the door, directly to https://honolulumuseum.orgMuseum members (free); age 18 years and under (free); Hawai‘i residents ($10 with ID), others ($20). 

    Reed Dasenbrock, Professor of English
    After serving as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UH Manoa from 2009 to 2016, Dr. Dasenbrock returned to the faculty where he teaches courses in Italian literature in translation as well as English, Philosophy, Honors and Higher Education Administration. For example, he teaches courses on Dante and Italian lyric poetry, including work by Michelangelo and Bronzino as well as Petrarch and a number of women poets. A life long Italophile and frequent visitor to Italy, he is the author of Imitating the Italians (Johns Hopkins University Press), a book on the influence of a broad range of Italian writers on English literature from 1500 to the present.

    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.

    • 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.

    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
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Private Residence (Honolulu)
    • 23
    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
    • 4:30 PM
    • 26 May 2020
    • 7:30 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: 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).

    PAYMENT:

    • $160 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)
    • 32
    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)
      • 32
      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!

    Past events

    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

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