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Grazie di cuore!

    • 26 Sep 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Quiora, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach, 383 Kalaimoku St, Honolulu, HI 96815
    • 1

    Join us for a four-course tasting menu with wine pairings,

    featuring the cuisine of Emilia-Romagna. 


    I
    ndulge in the “here and now,” “Qui e ora!” Overlooking the vibrant streets of Waikiki and the Pacific Ocean, Quiora showcases rustic Italian cuisine in a relaxed, open-air dining experience. The kitchen draws from seasonal ingredients to create meals that are inspired by the culinary tradition: homemade pastas, house-cut meats, fresh seafood, and local produce so there is always a little bit of Italy and Hawaii in every bite. Chef de Cuisine Patrick Collins studied at the Culinary Institute of America and worked in NYC before moving to Hawaii to work for the parent company of Quiora, G. Lion Hawaii.  

    Chef will be creating this specialty menu exclusively for Friends of Italy Society based on seasonal ingredients, including an appetizer, pasta, pork dish, and dessert with wine pairings. Guests can order additional beverages directly with the restaurant.


    Tables will be outdoors on the terrace.


    RSVP:  Required by September 19

    Parking:  Quiora will validate parking at the Ritz-Carlton Residences. 

    Safety policy: All guests will comply with the latest mandates for gatherings in restaurants.  Guests will need to show either proof of vaccine or a negative Covid-19 test taken within 48 hours prior to arrival.  Please wear a mask, you can remove it when seated, and remain at your table.

    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)

    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.

    • 28 Sep 2021
    • 4:30 PM
    • 16 Nov 2021
    • 9:00 PM
    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.

    LEVELS:

    • 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 (half chapter per week).
    • Intermediate Level 2. 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).
    • 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 (a chapter per week), but focus mainly on conversation in class.

    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.

    Optional: If students have taken the class previously and want to use new materials, please consider: Amore e Cappuccino by Valeria Blasi and Nuova Grammatica Pratica della Lingua Italiana by Susanna Nocchi.

    LOCATION: 

    We have to remain online a bit longer, until we'll be allowed to learn together without masks and social distancing indoors. 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).

    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. 

    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 UNIQUE email (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.

    • 30 Sep 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • 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
    • 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.

    • 17 Oct 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 315 Uluniu St #102, Kailua, HI 96734
    • 18
    Register


    Join us for a wine tasting that will whisk you to Tuscany at the new tasting room Bottleheads in Kailua! Enjoy a selection of special WINES and ANTIPASTI from the Tuscany region, including four wines and four appetizers. 

    You will learn about each winery and region of origin, and ask any questions you may have about the wines.  Bottleheads shop and tasting is one of the few places on Oahu that has certified wines, spirits, and sake unique to the islands. Owners Pablo and Scot bring decades of wine expertise and personality that make every wine tasting a memorable event. 

    RSVP: Required by Sunday, October 10th, 2021

    Parking: On the street and meter street parking behind the shop.

    Members: Login in order to receive discounted pricing (directions for Logging In).

    Your guests: Will automatically be assigned the non-member fee. If you want to register other members (including your Family Membership spouse/children), you need to register each of them separately, under their own name and UNIQUE email (Note: Update your Family Membership account accordingly, if family names/emails are missing--Directions for Bundle Administrator Guide).

    Safety policy: All participants will comply with the latest guidance for group gatherings and the latest mandates for restaurants: guests will need to show either proof of vaccine or a negative Covid-19 test taken within 48 hours prior to arrival.  Please wear a mask, you can remove it when seated, and remain at your table.

    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.

    • 28 Oct 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • 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
    • 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

13 Sep 2021 Caffe' Letterario: "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" by Giorgio Bassani (Members only)
5 Aug 2021 Live from Italy: Virtual wine presentation with Tenuta Sant’ Antonio winery
20 May 2021 Talk: Paths to Italian citizenship (online, members only)
15 May 2021 A taste of Sicily II: Tasting menu with wine pairing
11 May 2021 Language class: Adults (Summer 2021, members only)
4 May 2021 Annual meeting (online, members only)
29 Apr 2021 Lecture: Seeing clearly: What if stars twinkle too much? (Free for all! Online)
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)*
9 Mar 2021 Language class: Adults (Spring 2021, members only)
8 Mar 2021 Caffe' Letterario: Borgo Sud by Donatella Di Pietrantonio (Free for all! Italian language only)
6 Mar 2021 CANCELLLED-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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