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  • 24 Jul 2017 10:30 AM | Malia Zannoni (Administrator)


    Amici - we are very excited to announce the inaugural Festa Italiana Hawaii slated for Saturday, October 7 in Kaka'ako.

    At our inaugural event, Festa Italiana will reveal to the Hawai`i community the vast connections that exist between the Italian culture and our island state through the gathering of a surprisingly robust Italian community. Attendees will be charmed by the finest cuisine, street food, restaurants and chefs, wines, traditional and contemporary music and dance, and the convivial spirit that are signature to the Italian culture. Key Highlights of this event are:
    • Chef-inspired Italian Cuisine
    • The Best of Italy’s Street Food
    • World Renowned Italian Wines
    • Italian Art Demonstrations
    • Italian Inspired Street Performers, Dancers, and Musicians
    This will be an exciting opportunity for our organization and our sponsors to bring a new and fresh cultural event to Honolulu nestled within urban Honolulu.

    We are in the midst of planning the festa and are open to your suggestions and recommendations for sponsors, vendors, volunteers and partners. You can refer sponsors, vendors or volunteers to www.festaitalianahawaii.com where they can complete the appropriate forms.

    Stay tuned for more!

    Grazie.

  • 21 Apr 2017 6:28 PM | Malia Zannoni (Administrator)
    You can register for multiple MEMBER and CHILD attendees by going through the registration process multiple times before paying.


    Please note: if you're registering a non-member, you can simply select ADD GUEST in the registration process. You do not need to follow these steps.


  • 14 Feb 2017 11:13 AM | Malia Zannoni (Administrator)

    The following is a copy of the email sent out to our contact list on February 13, 2017 regarding upcoming events and important changes to Membership Dues.

    This year, the FOISOH Board is striving to revitalize the organization in spirit and activity.  We have identified several areas where the club needs to be both modernized and better organized.  Some of our primary focuses, to name a few, have been:

    • Updating the website, Membership database, and accounting to be more user-friendly;
    • Improving Member outreach;
    • Increasing both the quality and frequency of events; 
    • Delivering monthly newsletters with well-researched stories and content, as well as updates on upcoming events; 
    • Developing a "Member's Package" and other meaningful Membership benefits and incentives;
    • Organizing "Festa Italiana," Hawaii's first ever Italian street festival;
    • And much more . . 

    EVENTS

    We have spoken with many of you who expressed that you wish to see more events and of better quality.  We're on it.  Here is a list of already confirmed events for 2017:

    • March 18: Hawaii Symphony Orchestra's ("HSO") Cirque at the Cinema, followed by dinner at Brick Fire Tavern located on Hotel St. in Chinatown, home of the famous brick oven that was flown here from Naples;
    • March 31: Lunch with Maestro JoAnn Falletta @ Sabrina's Ristorante followed by HSO Concert "Masterworks 10: Ocean Dreams";
    • April 6: HSO's "Verdi Requiem" with the Oahu Choral Society, followed by dinner at a restaurant in town;
    • Starting in March: Italian Coffee Talks;
    • Starting in April: Italian Language Course;
    • May 22: Annual Dinner at Outrigger;
    • Sept/Oct: Festa Italiana;
    • December 10: Christmas Party at Cafe Julia

    The Board is looking to finalize dates for the following events:

    • Blind Wine Tastings;
    • Pasta-Making Classes;
    • Starting in March: Bi-weekly "Coffee Talks" where those who are fluent in Italian can converse with others;
    • Starting in April:10-Week Italian Language course for novice speakers;
    • Events at Chamber Music Hawaii;
    • Talk Stories featuring various speakers on different topics including learning process for obtaining dual citizenship;
    • An evening learning traditional Italian dance, including the Tarantella;

    Current Dues Schedule Is Outdated and Not Properly Tiered

    The current membership dues prices have not been changed for many years, yet the cost of putting on quality events has increased over time (dang that inflation!).  Further, the current dues structure doesn't provide a logical tiered system.  For example, "Household" memberships are $50.  "Individual" memberships are $30, but so are "Senior" and "College" memberships.  Clearly, we want our Senior Members to be paying the least amount given considerations such as fixed-income; the same goes for college students. 

    Over 100 Of Our Contacts Are Not Currently Paid Members

    After reviewing our Membership rolls, we learned that 100 people on our contact list are not current members because they have not paid dues. Importantly, most events in the future will feature a "Member" and "Non-Member" rate.  This could mean a $10 to $50 price differential, depending on the event.  The idea here is to offer a subsidized rates to Members, while having Non-Members pay full-price for an event. It is only fair to our dues-paying Members.  Thus, we encourage you to renew your Membership ASAP so you can pay the "Members' Rate" for the upcoming events.

    New Dues Schedule Effective March 1, 2017

    In determining the new membership dues schedule, the Board considered the anticipated increase in quality events, dues schedule of other similarly-situated cultural non-profits, and inflation. 

    Effective March 1, 2017, the following will be the new one-year membership dues schedule for each category:

    • Family - $65 [Note: Family includes the member, the member's spouse/partner, and children under 21; in-laws, grandparents, etc. are not included in a "Family" membership]
    • Individual - $45
    • College/Senior - $30 [Note: To qualify for the "Senior" rate, the individual must be at least 60 years old]

    You can renew your membership under the current membership dues schedule through February 28th by visiting http://friendsofitalyhawaii.org/Join-us.

    Members Can Pay Dues On Rolling Basis

    Our new website allows Members to pay their membership dues on a rolling basis.  For example, if Franco pays his membership dues on March 5, 2017, he will not have to renew his membership until March 5, 2018.  Similarly, if Angela pays her membership dues on July 12, 2017, she will not have to renew her dues until July 12, 2018.  Everyone will have different renewal dates and our website will automatically send out reminders to you when your membership is up for renewal. 

    We're Open To Your Feedback and Suggestions!

    Given that the Board is a purely voluntary duty, we hope you can appreciate our efforts to enhance the organization for the benefit of the Membership.  With that said, we always welcome your feedback and thoughts on how to improve processes, ideas for new events, contacts who we can partner with, etc.  

    Please email us at friendsofitalyhawaii.org or info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.  You can also call us on our hotline at (415) 484-CIAO, leave a voicemail, and we'll promptly return your call.  Thank you again for taking the time to read through this exhaustive email.  We hope it provides better insight on the "big things" that FOISOH is doing in 2017.


  • 21 Nov 2016 9:07 PM | Malia Zannoni (Administrator)

    We are excited to share our new website with all of you and we want to make sure you get the most out of the new offerings such as member profiles and member-only content. In order to access both of these features, you'll need to create your login and update your profile. Below are some easy steps to follow to ensure you're off to a great start!

    1. From the homepage, click LOGIN or MEMBERS. Once you're logged in, you'll have access to member-only content!
    2. Enter you email and password. If you do not have a password click FORGOT PASSWORD and follow steps to attain a new password.
    3. Once logged-in click EDIT PROFILE. Be sure to add an AVATAR images so other members can put a face to a name when browsing the member-only directory.
    4. Click on one of the orange links to edit the areas in each section.
    5. Click PRIVACY to update what others can see. If you don't mind being part of the "Featured Member" listing on the homepage, please set your Membership Level, First Name, Last Name and Avatar to ANYBODY.
    6. Click MEMBER PHOTO ALBUMS  to upload your own images. Each member can upload up to 50 images!
    7. Click on INVOICES AND PAYMENTS to view your recent payment activity. 
    8. Save all of your changes!
    We hope you will take advantage of the new website and membership management database.

    Please be sure to let us know if you need assistance or if you have suggestions.

    Grazie,
    FOISOH Board
  • 10 Nov 2016 12:07 AM | Malia Zannoni (Administrator)


    If you haven't already heard, a new pizzeria recently opened in Chinatown serving up Neopolitan style pizza complete with an authentic wood-fire oven commissioned by famed third-generation oven builder Steffano Ferrara.


    Not only did owners Inthira Marks and Matthew Resich commission their oven in Naples, they also studied under famed Pizzaiolo Enzo Coccia — one of the founding members of the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana, an international nonprofit organization seeking to cultivate the culinary art of preparing Neapolitan pizza — as well as his master dough maker, Davide Bruno. While in Italy, Matt and Inthira also stage'd (interned) at Pizzaria La Notizia 94, one of Enzo Coccia's restaurants showcasing modern flavors and creations using traditional cooking techniques.

    Brick Fire Tavern is a must-try, especially for anyone who loves pizza. And let's be honest - who doesn't love pizza?

    Brick Fire Tavern is open Monday-Saturday from 11am-2pm & 5pm-10pm. 

     You can find them at 16 North Hotel Street in Chinatown.

     808-369-2444

    pizza@brickfiretavern.com


  • 9 Nov 2016 11:55 PM | Malia Zannoni (Administrator)

    The 2016-2017 board is pleased to announce the launch of our new Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii website! The new site will provide members with a variety of information a member-only features including:

    • news and updates
    • event registration
    • membership registration
    • member-only online discussion forums
    • member-only directory
    As members of the Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii, you will be able to create a unique member login, allowing you access to exclusive, member-only information.

    We encourage you to participate in the member discussion forums and to submit images or blog story content for publishing on the website. We also welcome any and all feedback from you on how we can better serve your needs.

    Grazie,
    FOISOH Board

Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization | P.O. Box 1376, Honolulu, HI 96807

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