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Grazie di cuore!

    • 9 Mar 2021
    • 5:00 PM (HAST)
    • 27 Apr 2021
    • 8:00 PM (HAST)
    • online


    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.

    LEVELS:

    • Beginner Level: 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: For 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).

    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.

    ZOOM: Registered students will receive a unique link prior to class. Please setup your Zoom and familiarize with its features. You can review its short video tutorials (e.g., join a meetingconfiguring audio/videomeeting controlssharing screenbreakout roomsmore topics) or full training (e.g., Zoom for education).

    REGISTRATION:

    • Members: Login in order to receive discounted pricing (directions for Logging In).
    • Your guests (must also be members): If you want to register other members (including your Family Membership's spouse/children), you need to register each of them separately, under their own name and their own email address. (Note: Update your Family Membership account accordingly, if family names/emails are missing--Directions for Bundle Administrator Guide).

    NOTE:
    The Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii is not responsible for any liability, cost, and damages which could arise from the programs; and does not provide any refunds, except if it cannot deliver the program, for instance in the case of insufficient enrollment.

    QUESTIONS:
    Please contact info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

    • 29 Apr 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (HAST)
    • Online, Zoom
    Register


    Series: This lecture is part of the 3rd series “From Italy to Hawaii: Connecting two worlds through art, science, and community,” which started in 2019 and features experts from all over Italy who discuss topics that affect both Italy and Hawaii.

    Talk: Ground-based astronomy is very dependent upon the whims of the weather. While clement and clear weather is the minimum requirement for the astronomers to be able to conduct their observations, turbulence in the atmosphere could also greatly impact observations. In this talk Dr. Cherubini will explain how meteorology can be of service to astronomy, not only by predicting good weather, but also by anticipating when stars could be twinkling too much. 

    Presenter: Dr. Tiziana Cherubini was born in a small village in the Italian countryside near Rome. She studied Physics at the University of Rome, La Sapienza, and specialized in atmospheric physics during her Ph.D. at the University of Genoa. After working for half a year in the Operations Department of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, in Reading, UK, she joined the University of Hawaii, Manoa, as Post-Doctoral fellow. In 2003 she was hired as Research Meteorologist and Lead Modeler for the then recently founded Mauna Kea Weather Center (http://mkwc.ifa.hawaii.edu). She is currently active in this position, while is also appointed with the title of affiliate Associate Researcher for the University of Hawaii, Manoa.

    Zoom: Registered guests will receive a unique link prior to the event. Please setup your Zoom and familiarize with its features. You can review its short video tutorials (e.g., join a meetingconfiguring audio/videomeeting controlsmore topics) or full training (e.g., Zoom for education).

    Note: The Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii is not responsible for any liability, cost, and damages which could arise from the programs below; and does not provide any refunds, except if it cannot deliver the program, for instance in the case of insufficient enrollment.

    Questions: Please contact info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

    • 4 May 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (HAST)
    • Online, Zoom
    Register


    Please join us for our annual meeting! At least 50 members will need to be present to confirm our board for the upcoming year, so please join us. The meeting per se will take 30 minutes only and then we will open the floor to questions and conversations. 

    We will share a quick update and share the results of the ballots (they have been emailed to members, who can vote by May3rd via the link in the email):

    • Diane DeSantis, Maya Hoover, David Morihara and Marco Schlesser are nominated for their second, and last, 2-year terms.
    • Jim McAluney is nominated for his first 2-year term

    No Director shall hold office for more than two consecutive two-year terms.

    Please visit http://friendsofitalyhawaii.org/about to review our Board's bios and organizational By-Law (bottom of the page).

    Please email us if you are interested in joining the board in the future; we always need tech savvy members with local connections who can organize and execute events.

    ZOOM: 
    Registered members will receive a unique Zoom link the day prior to the meeting. Please setup your Zoom and familiarize with its features (e.g., join a meeting, configuring audio/video, meeting controls, polling, more topics).

    Questions: Please contact info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

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

    • 15 May 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (HAST)
    • Taormina Sicilian Cuisine, 227 Lewers St, Honolulu, HI 96815
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    Join us for a four-course tasting menu with two wine pairings, featuring Sicilian cuisine:

    • Antipasto: Sarde a Beccafico (a Sicilian Classic, roasted butterflied sardines). With wine pairing
    • Primo: Norma alla Catanese (bucatini with lightly spiced tomato sauce, pancetta, and eggplant topped with salted ricotta and basil)
    • Secondo: Guanciale di Manzo (braised beef cheeks with red wine demi-glaze). With wine pairing
    • Dolce: Homemade Cannoli

    Sarde a Beccafico and Cannoli will be prepared exclusively for the Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii.

    The dinner also includes two wine pairings; guests can order additional beverages directly with the restaurant (one check per table; please bring cash for easier check out).

    Menu may slightly change due to ingredient availability.

    Executive Chef Hiroyuki Mimura 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.

    RSVP: Required by May 7.

    Parking: 
    Validated parking is available in the neighboring Embassy Suites and Wyndham Hotel. The first 3 hours are free with validation, then around $10 per hour (please check with attendant).


    Members:
     Login in order to receive discounted pricing (directions for Logging In). Your guests will automatically be assigned the non-member fee. 

    Family membership: If you have a Family Membership and want to register your spouse, please select the family option and indicate your spouse's name and email as you saved them in your Bundle account (Note: directions for Bundle Administrator Guide).

    Safety policy: All participants will comply with the latest guidance for group gatherings: Please wear a mask, you can remove it when seated, refrain from standing, sit at the assigned tables according to social distance and limited number.

    Note: The Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii is not responsible for any liability, cost, and damages which could arise from the programs; and does not provide any refunds, except if it cannot deliver the program, for instance in the case of insufficient enrollment.

    Questions: Email us at info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

    • 20 May 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (HAST)
    • Online, Zoom
    Register


    Talk: This presentation explains the different ways to acquire Italian Citizenship: as a result of Italian ancestors (Juri Sanguinis) or by adoption, parent’s naturalization (only for minors), marriage (or civil partnership), residency, disputing the case in Court (1948 case). Every situation is different, there are unique rules that apply and distinct angles to investigate before assessing your eligibility. The process may take long but is rewarding!

    The presenters will give you the tools to embark on the process by yourself; or you can contact them directly for an estimate based on your specific needs. The presenters are from the Italian Institute in Denver, a private and independent company that provides Italy-related professional services at a charge: http://www.italianinstitute.com/.

    Presenters: 

    • Maria Chiacchio, born in Sicily and raised in Como, is the founder and CEO of the Italian Institute in Denver. She lives between Milano and Denver, where the two offices are.
    • Bettina Holm, raised in Bologna, is the Director of the Citizenship for the Italian Institute in Denver, assisting American people in regaining the Italian Citizenship.
    • Ivana Salerno, raised in Palermo, is the Director of the Language Department for the Italian Institute in Denver, where she is in charge of translations of documents.

    ZOOM: Registered members will receive a unique Zoom link the day prior of the event. Please setup your Zoom and familiarize with its features (e.g., join a meeting, configuring audio/video, meeting controls, polling, more topics).

    Questions: Please contact info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

    • 13 Sep 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (HAST)
    • Online, Zoom
    Register


    APRIL BOOK:
    Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini 
    (The Garden of the Finzi-Continis) 
    by Giorgio Bassani. 
    You can find the book in Italian at the Pino Bookshop and in English at local bookstores as well as online.

    ZOOM:
    Registered guests will receive a unique link prior to class. Please setup your Zoom and familiarize with its features. You can review its short video tutorials (e.g., join a meeting, configuring audio/video, meeting controls, more topics) or full training (e.g., Zoom for education).

    REGISTRATION (MEMBERS ONLY):

    • Members: Free to members (directions for Logging In).
    • Your guests (must also be members): If you want to register other members (including your Family Membership's spouse/children), you need to register each of them separately, under their own name and their own email. Note: Update your Family Membership account accordingly, if family names/emails are missing--Directions for Bundle Administrator Guide.

    QUESTIONS:
    Please contact info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

    • 30 Sep 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (HAST)
    • Online, Zoom
    Register


    Series: This lecture is part of the 3rd series “From Italy to Hawaii: Connecting two worlds through art, science, and community,” which started in 2019 and features experts from all over Italy who discuss topics that affect both Italy and Hawaii.

    Talk: How the important allegorical cycle of 1400 fresco of the of vices and virtues and its building got discovered, protected, restored, lived in, and transformed in a “nodo museale” of the renaissance city-museum of Ferrara? What are the nodal links to painter Stefano da Ferrara, Giotto’s Scrovegni Chapel, poet Ludovico Ariosto, architect Piero Bottoni, and the writer of “The Garden of Finzi Contini”, Giorgio Bassani?

    Presenter: Dr. Luciano Minerbi grew in his early youth in the Museum Casa Minerbi del Sale, in the Medieval part of the Renaissance city of Ferrara, Italy. Now is a Professor Emeritus of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawaii. He specializes in land use, environment, cultural assessment, and sustainability, in Hawaii and the Asia Pacific Region. He consulted for international, national, and local groups and organizations. He served on federal, state, and county boards and commissions. You can read more about him here.

    Zoom: Registered guests will receive a unique link prior to the event. Please setup your Zoom and familiarize with its features. You can review its short video tutorials (e.g., join a meetingconfiguring audio/videomeeting controlsmore topics) or full training (e.g., Zoom for education).

    Note: The Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii is not responsible for any liability, cost, and damages which could arise from the programs below; and does not provide any refunds, except if it cannot deliver the program, for instance in the case of insufficient enrollment.

    Questions: Please contact info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

    • 11 Oct 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (HAST)
    • Online, Zoom
    Register


    OCTOBER BOOK:

    Atlantide: Viaggio alla ricerca della belleza (Atlantis: A journey in search of beauty) by Carlo Piano and Renzo PianoYou can find the book in Italian at the Pino Bookshop and in English at local bookstores as well as online.

    ZOOM:
    Registered guests will receive a unique link prior to class. Please setup your Zoom and familiarize with its features. You can review its short video tutorials (e.g., join a meeting, configuring audio/video, meeting controls, more topics) or full training (e.g., Zoom for education).

    REGISTRATION (MEMBERS ONLY):

    • Members: Free to members (directions for Logging In).
    • Your guests (must also be members): If you want to register other members (including your Family Membership's spouse/children), you need to register each of them separately, under their own name and their own email address. Note: Update your Family Membership account accordingly, if family names/emails are missing--Directions for Bundle Administrator Guide.

    QUESTIONS:
    Please contact info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

    • 28 Oct 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (HAST)
    • Online, Zoom
    Register


    Series: This lecture is part of the 3rd series “From Italy to Hawaii: Connecting two worlds through art, science, and community,” which started in 2019 and features experts from all over Italy who discuss topics that affect both Italy and Hawaii.

    Talk: Does a city at human scale exist in contemporary society? Can it exist? That is a city respectful of the human being and of the environment? A city that is truly a gathering place, a place of encounter and exchange for all: children and elderly, different ethnic, socio- economic-cultural  groups? Questions, thoughts, reflections and realization of  the great masters of the Italian architecture among which Renzo Piano and Stefano Boeri, well known for the vertical gardens in Milan. What can they teach us and what can all architects learn from the Hawaiian culture?

    Presenter: Dr. 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.

    Zoom: Registered guests will receive a unique link prior to the event. Please setup your Zoom and familiarize with its features. You can review its short video tutorials (e.g., join a meetingconfiguring audio/videomeeting controlsmore topics) or full training (e.g., Zoom for education).

    Note: The Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii is not responsible for any liability, cost, and damages which could arise from the programs below; and does not provide any refunds, except if it cannot deliver the program, for instance in the case of insufficient enrollment.

    Questions: Please contact info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

    • 8 Nov 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (HAST)
    • Online, Zoom
    Register


    DECEMBER BOOK:
    Dante by Alessandro Barbero. You can find the book in Italian at the Pino Bookshop and in English at local bookstores as well as online. If interested, watch his book presentation, fascinating!  

    ZOOM:
    Registered guests will receive a unique link prior to class. Please setup your Zoom and familiarize with its features (e.g., join a meeting, configuring audio/video, meeting controls, more topicsZoom for education).

    QUESTIONS:
    Please contact info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

Past events

12 Apr 2021 Caffe' Letterario: "The Baron in the Trees" by Italo Calvino (Members only)
10 Apr 2021 A taste of Sicily: Tasting menu with wine pairing
25 Mar 2021 Lecture: Italian opera (Free for all! Online)
24 Mar 2021 FOI Welcomes and Congratulates Mayor Rick Blangiardi (Members Only)*
8 Mar 2021 Caffe' Letterario: Borgo Sud by Donatella Di Pietrantonio (Free for all! Italian language only)
6 Mar 2021 America's cup final: Watch
25 Feb 2021 Lecture: The long shadow cast by Dante (Free for all! Online)
20 Feb 2021 Wine tasting: A night in Venice (Appetito)
23 Jan 2021 Wine tasting: A night in Amalfi (Brick Fire Tavern)
18 Jan 2021 Caffe' Letterario: "A girl returned" by Donatella Di Pietrantonio (Members only)
5 Jan 2021 Language class: Adults (Winter 2021, members only)
18 Dec 2020 Wine tasting: Virtual with Dalla Terra
12 Dec 2020 Wine tasting: A night in Amalfi (Brick Fire Tavern)
10 Dec 2020 Lecture: Raffaello Sanzio (1483-1520)--A humble homage on the 500th anniversary of his death (Free for all! Online)
7 Dec 2020 December Food Drive for Hoa Aina O Makaha
21 Nov 2020 Wine tasting with appetizers: Il Tappo
19 Nov 2020 Lecture: Italian opera, UNESCO heritage (Free for all! Online)
15 Nov 2020 Contribute to our 30th anniversary cookbook! (members only)
9 Nov 2020 Caffe' Letterario: The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante
3 Nov 2020 Language Class: Adults, Level 1 (online, members only)
29 Oct 2020 Lecture: Living on the Moon and Mars (Free for all! Online)
18 Oct 2020 Aperitivo: Happy Hour (online)
23 Sep 2020 Annual meeting (online, members only)
20 Sep 2020 Game Night: Italian!
8 Sep 2020 Language class: Adults (members only)
1 Aug 2020 Aperitivo
11 Jul 2020 Dinner: Chef Testa's Gourmet Mediterranean Dining Experience
27 Jun 2020 Cooking class: Pizza
7 Mar 2020 Cooking class: Pasta cuts
27 Feb 2020 Lecture: Are there mermaids in Hawaiʻi and Sicily?
22 Feb 2020 Bocce and potluck: Carnevale!
30 Jan 2020 Dance class: Tarantella
25 Jan 2020 Lecture and tour: Dante's Divina Commedia
7 Jan 2020 Language Class: Adults
14 Dec 2019 Cena di Natale: Appetito (by Chef Hiro, Executive Chef of Taormina Sicilian Cuisine)
7 Dec 2019 Cooking class: Canederli (meat balls)
9 Nov 2019 Cooking class: Tiramisu'
9 Nov 2019 Language class: Children
9 Nov 2019 Art class: Painting in Italian
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 | info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org

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