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Grazie di cuore!

    • 12 Apr 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • 31 May 2022
    • 8:00 PM


    Join our membership so you can attend this special event! All Italy lovers are welcome!

    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:

      • Level 1, Beginner Course (members only) 

      Beginner Level 1. (5-6:30pm): 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).

      • Level 2, Intermediate (members only)

      Intermediate Level 2. (6:30-8pm): 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.

      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: 
      These courses focus on conversation. 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. 

      NOTE:
      *All students must be members, no guests are allowed, not even for Dual members. 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.

      • 26 May 2022
      • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
      • Online, Zoom
      Register


      Join a panel of members to learn more about investing in Italy. This is a follow-up presentation to the previous talks on buying property and living in Italy. More we know, more questions we have! Drawing from their direct experiences and finance backgrounds, the new panelists will share clear tips and address some money-related questions that have emerged within our society.

      First, they will start with a financial overview in Italy--from investment options to transferring money, opening a bank account, working remotely, retiring efficiently from the US, studying in all sorts of courses, paying taxes, receiving health coverage, and key assistants along the way.

      Second, they will delve into short- and long-term rentals, including financial considerations and useful tips.

      Finally, they will untackle buying properties, namely the step-by-step costs of negotiating, purchasing, maintaining, and remodeling properties.

      Location: Zoom. Two of our speakers will be connecting from Lake Como and Milan.

      RSVP by May 19: Registered guests will receive a unique Zoom link.

      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.

      • 5 Jul 2022
      • 5:00 PM
      • 23 Aug 2022
      • 8:00 PM
      Register


      Join our membership so you can attend this special event! All Italy lovers are welcome!

      INSTRUCTOR: Iolanda Marinelli grew up in Italy where she received her Laurea Magistrale (M.A.) in Foreign Languages and Literatures (English, Portuguese, German) from the University of Naples “L’Orientale”, and a Teaching Certification in English Secondary Education from Italy Department of Education. In 2006 she made Hawai’i her home. Here she began to teach Italian at Saint Anthony School in 2016, and in 2017 she completed her Hawaii Certification as Substitute Teacher K-12. She continued to teach Italian for the After School Malama Program at Waimanalo Elementary and Intermediate School, and Kailua Elementary School. Iolanda also serves on the Board of Directors of the Hawai’i Association of Language Teachers as Italian Representative. In a former career, Iolanda was a Contract Specialist with the US Naval Base Headquarter in Naples for 11 years, responsible for the negotiations of contracts in Europe and South West Asia. She likes to cook, to travel, and to watch movies with her son Gabriele and husband Erik.

      OVERVIEW:
      Last class on Zoom before we return in-person! Learn Italian through children's books! We are all children when we learn a language. Every week prior to class, you will review assigned textbook sections from Prego as well as a passage from a children's book. In class, we will do some book exercises and use the children's book passage to converse while applying grammar.

      LEVELS:

        • Level 1, Beginner: For students who have no or minimal grasp of the Italian language—we’ll cover up to chapter 3 of the textbook Prego (half chapter per week).
        • Level 2, Intermediate: 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.

        LOCATION: 
        Last class on 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). Dinner together after the last class at Brick Fire Tavern (teacher will provide information).

        LEARNING APPROACH: 
        These courses focus on conversation. 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. 

        NOTE:
        *All students must be members, no guests are allowed, not even for Dual members. 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.

        • 20 Aug 2022
        • 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM
        • Private Residence (Ala Moana)
        • 45


        Become a member so you can attend this event! All Italy lovers are welcome!

        Do you love lemon sorbet and prosecco? Then Sgroppino is for you! Learn with Chef Rosa how to make this fresh and tasty drink, while we enjoy the pool and sunset together. 

        Rosa Mariotti is a local chef, residing in Maui. Rosa was born and raised in the green heart of Italy: Umbria. She got her formal training in Oregon where she also got degrees in Hospitality management,  Culinary and international Pastry. She has worked professionally as a kitchen manager and recipe developer  for almost 20 years. Clients include local Mochi Foods and Kumu Farm and Rachel Ray magazine. She has baked professionally at Sugar Beach bakeshop and assisted the internationally acclaimed Nick Malgieri during his book tours. Rosa has ongoing classes in Kona and Maui where she also teaches at UHMC. Her approach to Italian Cuisine involves lesser known traditional Italian classic recipes, all made from scratch, with a deep analysis on dish origins/ its geography, food history and sustainability ( Localvore ) and flavor/cuisine evolution and techniques. Currently, Rosa owns her business MoltoOno as a private chef and boutique events caterer all over the Hawaiian Islands. Find more  at 
        MoltoOno.com.

        Includes: One glass of sgroppino and a plate of watermelon salad per guest--Chef Rosa's special recipes! 

        Please bring: A beverage or dish to share.

        Address: Event will take place at a private home by Ala Moana. Registered guests will receive an email with address and directions prior to the event.

        Parking: Abundant free parking in the vicinity.

        Safety policy: All participants will comply with the latest guidance for group gatherings.

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

        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.

        • 1 Oct 2022
        • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
        • Club 100 (100th Battalion Clubhouse), 520 Kamoku Street, Honolulu, HI 96826


        The 100th Battalion and 442nd Regiment known for their motto, “Go For Broke,” served most of their time in Italy and were part of the US 5th Army that liberated Rome. The presentation will retrace their movements through Italy--starting from their landing in Salerno through the historic battles of Monte Cassino and Anzio. Guest speakers include:

        Janice Sakoda: Writer of the memoirs of her father who served in the 100th Battalion and was wounded in Italy. Read her travel story published by the Hawaii Herald on retracing the 100th Battalion in Italy.

        Isami Yoshihara: Veteran, club historian, and the historical resource for the 100th Battalion. His encyclopedic knowledge of the History of the 100th Battalion allows him to be the resource person and guide for visitors to the hall.

        Michael Malaghan: Author of "A Question of Loyalty," including the last few chapters about the 100th.

        Bring: Free, please share a potluck dish.

        Parking: Ala Wai Elementary School

        Note: All participants are expected to comply to the latest guidance for group gatherings. 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.

      Past events

      14 May 2022 Friends of Italy Volunteer Day at Hoa ′Āina O Mākaha Farm
      12 May 2022 Lecture & cello performance with Italian artist-in-residence: Altea Narici (free event, open to all)
      11 May 2022 Annual meeting (Members only, online)
      30 Apr 2022 30(+) Anniversary party: Finalmente festeggiamo! (Members only)
      27 Apr 2022 Talk: Italian living--Become an Italian citizen, resident, or visitor for a little while (free & open to all)
      6 Apr 2022 Caffe' letterario--The Stolen Lady: A Novel of World War II and the Mona Lisa by Laura Morelli (Free for all)
      12 Mar 2022 Pasta-making and dinner: Tagliatelle al salmone
      10 Mar 2022 Talk--Father to daughter, Italy to Hawaii: A conversation about family, music and dance
      26 Feb 2022 Ricotta workshop and dinner: Crostini, pasta, and dessert
      24 Feb 2022 Talk: Italian citizenship: I got it on my own! (Free event!)
      5 Feb 2022 Cooking Class and Dinner: Nothing says "Amore" like Pasta (members only)
      2 Feb 2022 Caffe' letterario: Trust (Confidenza) by Starnone (free event!)
      30 Jan 2022 Cooking demonstration: Italian resolution for the new year!
      27 Jan 2022 Talk: Dream House--Buying a property in Italy (free event!)
      18 Jan 2022 Language class: Adults (Winter 2022, members only)
      16 Jan 2022 A night in Capri: Wine tasting at Brick Fire Tavern
      18 Dec 2021 Cooking class and dinner: Buon Natale! (members only)
      12 Dec 2021 Picnic al parco: Bocce, calcio, potluck (postponed to 12/12)
      20 Nov 2021 Gusto di Mare: Wine pairing dinner at Arancino di Mare
      18 Nov 2021 Lecture: Muslims in Dante’s Divina Commedia and in Western Art (Free for all! Online)
      28 Oct 2021 Lecture: The beauty, value and comfort of a city at human scale (Free for all! Online)
      17 Oct 2021 Wine Tasting: A Tuscan Night, but in Kailua (Bottleheads)
      11 Oct 2021 Caffe' Letterario: "Atlantis: A journey in search of beauty" by Carlo and Renzo Piano (Members only)
      30 Sep 2021 Lecture: A museum in the city-museum (Free for all! Online)
      28 Sep 2021 Language class: Adults (Fall 2021, members only)
      26 Sep 2021 The Cuisine of Emilia-Romagna: Tasting menu with wine pairing at Quiora
      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)
      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

      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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