The Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii is dedicated to fostering friendship and aloha between Italy and Hawaii. In 1990, the 501(c)(7) nonprofit organization was funded in partnership with the Italian General Consul in San Francisco, Marcello Griccioli, the Italian Honorary Consul in Honolulu, Louis Finamore, and the Mayor of Honolulu, Frank Fasi. For over thirty years, the society continues to uphold the Italian General Consul’s proclamation: the Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii will play an important role in promoting a better knowledge of Italy, bring Hawaii residents of Italian descent and lovers of Italy together, and enhance the cultural and social life of Hawaii’s community with Italian activities.

As the Italian association for the state of Hawaii, we offer Italian language courses for children and adults, food & wine events, film screenings, seminar series, art programs, and social gatherings. Our social club also supports Hawaii’s community from fundraising food drives to cleaning our beaches and land.

Board of Directors


Jim McAluney